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Focus Forward

How Leading Entrepreneurs are Setting Themselves Up for Success in the Future

Join the Women of Whistler on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Westin Resort and Spa as they study the fine art of entrepreneurship. Celebrate the holiday season while listening to a panel of successful female entrepreneurs who have dared to think and act big. Panellists will discuss the issues and trends affecting their business as well as how the entrepreneurial business environment is changing and what they are doing to prepare themselves so that they can stand out from the competition. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges that today’s entrepreneurs must face in order to prepare for the future. Please note this an an hor d'oevures style reception. Moderator Jill Earthy of The Forum of Women Entrepreneurs Jill Earthy is an entrepreneur with a Master of Business Administration. She started her first company in 2011 while based in Toronto, where she then grew her company to service eight Canadian cities prior to selling it to a Vancouver-based company in 2003. Assuming a Directorship role at the new organization, Jill drove the growth of the company to double its combined revenue before joining The Forum of Women Entrepreneurs in the spring of 2007. Jill also runs momcafé Network Inc., a company that supports professional women who are balancing a stimulating career with raising a family. A believer in collaboration, Jill recently initiated the bringing together of the leaders of 25 women's business networks in the Lower Mainland. Jill lives in Vancouver with her husband and two daughters. Panellists Andrea Scott of Skoah Andrea Scott is the Owner of Skoah, a skin care product company with eight locations in Vancouver, Alberta and the U.S. and plans for several more in the near future. Andrea has worked in the retail industry for over 20 years, including as a Brand Manager for Lululemon Athletica. She also ran her own PR and Marketing consultancy and worked with Grouse Mountain Resorts, Whistler Water, Grip Limited and Happy Planet. Andrea is also the founder of the Hopeful Hand, a charity created through Skoah to benefit the parents of ill and terminally ill children at BC Children’s Hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital. Andrea lives in North Vancouver with her three children. Cybele Negris of Webnames.ca Cybele Negris is President and Co-Founder of Webnames.ca, Canada’s original .ca registrar and one of the country’s leading internet solutions companies. In addition to her work at Webnames.ca, Cybele is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Small Business BC and serves on the boards of the Small Business Roundtable of BC, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Vancouver Economic Development Commission, among others. She is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs  and serves as a mentor through the Vancouver Wired Woman Mentorship Program. In 2010 Cybele was a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business Award. Michelle Kelsey of Nannies on Call In 2001, Michelle Kelsey launched a small nanny referral service with a pager, five nannies and a determination to never find herself without reliable childcare. Nannies on Call is now a bi-coastal company with over 400 nannies. In 2007 Business in Vancouver highlighted Michelle as one of Vancouver’s brightest stars in Forty under 40, and in both 2008 and 2009, Nannies on Call was ranked number 14 on the list of “Biggest Women-Owned Businesses in BC”. In 2009 Michelle co-founded and joined the board of the Nanny Angel Network, a non-profit created to provide childcare relief for women with breast cancer. Michelle lives in West Vancouver with her husband and two daughters. Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm Location: The Westin Resort and Spa Admission: Early Bird $30 Starting Friday, November 18: $35 Thoes who are not members will be charged an additional $5 fee. All prices are subject to 12% HST   Thanks to our event sponsors Whistler Tasting Tours and the Whistler Grocery Store.