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09 Apr 2021 8:43 AM | Jennifer Brown (Administrator)

ST. JOHN’S, April 9, 2021 – Now in its 24th year, the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs’ (NLOWE) annual provincial conference continues to be the leading professional development event for women business owners and aspiring women entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Only a few days remain to register for the NLOWE 2021 Annual Conference, taking place virtually April 13-29. This year’s conference format will consist of one 60-minute session a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays over the course of the three-week period.

When planning the lineup of speakers and topics for our annual conference, NLOWE ensures that presentations are relevant to the challenges facing women entrepreneurs today, as well as industry trends in our province. We are pleased to welcome Arlene Dickinson, General Partner of District Ventures Capital, CEO of Venture Communications, and Dragon’s Den judge, as the Opening Keynote at NLOWE’s 2021 virtual conference on Tuesday, April 13.

“Although it has been a challenging year for businesses in our province and across the country, women entrepreneurs continue to break down barriers, work through challenges, and change the business landscape,” says Margaret Budgell, President of NLOWE’s Board of Directors. “NLOWE is thrilled to host some of these incredible women in business to offer our members and clients tools, strategies, and support they need to grow their businesses and be successful.”

Opening Keynote speaker Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most high-profile businesswomen. She emphatically believes that anyone can be an entrepreneur, and in her keynote, she will distill a lifetime of experience to reveal everything you need to know – and do – to start, run, and to grow a great business. Her infectious belief in the entrepreneurial spirit reminds us of the major contributions Canadians have made to international business and the entrepreneurial tradition.

Our Closing Keynote will feature Charlene Brophy. Charlene is the President and CEO of Fonemed, an international telemedicine company. Charlene brought her hands-on knowledge of our health care system into developing countries and communities that otherwise would not have access to medical care. Today, Fonemed has more than 250 employees in Newfoundland and Labrador alone, with many more in the US and several international health contact centres. Charlene will conclude the conference on Thursday, April 29 by discussing lessons learned in managing business growth during a pandemic.

“NLOWE’s Annual Conference is one of the highlights for staff and membership alike. Learning together, networking and making new contacts, and supporting one another on our business ventures is what this conference is all about,” says Jennifer Bessell, Chief Executive Officer with NLOWE. “We are confident that our workshop offerings have something for everyone, from big business to the solopreneur. And of course, the two remarkable women keynotes, Arlene Dickinson and Charlene Brophy, have engaging and inspirational stories to tell.”

Other sessions include: “How to Beat Impostor Syndrome and Build Self-Confidence to Achieve Extraordinary Success” with Judit Lovas, Judit Lovas Coaching and Consulting (April 14); “Marketing Your Business on Instagram in 2021” with Olivia Crane, Amplified Social (April 15); “Entrepreneurship in the Online World” with Kristen O’Keefe, Chislett Whitten Law (April 20); “10 Ways to Create Time for Wellness in Your Busy Day” with Alison Butler, Alison Butler Consulting (April 21); “Facebook Lead Ads: Capture and convert more clients” with Krystal Hobbs, Reflective Marketing (April 22); “Intertwined Success: The process of customer journey mapping and how helping your customers succeed will help you succeed” with Mandy Woodland, Jellyfish (April 27); and “What Can Strengths-Based Leadership Do for Your Business?” with Andrea Dawe Keating, Andrea Dawe Keating Strengths-Based Consulting (April 28).

“Women entrepreneurs have made impressive gains in communities across the country and we must keep that momentum going. A diverse and competitive economy results from equal opportunity and participation,” says Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA. “By supporting initiatives like NLOWE’s annual conference, we are helping women gain the knowledge, networks and expertise they need to grow their businesses and boost the economy further.”

The conference will also feature two bonus networking events on April 22 and April 29, which are free to conference registrants. NLOWE’s Annual Conference is made possible in part by its sponsors: Opening Keynote Sponsor, Business Development Bank of Canada and Workshop Sponsors, Fonemed, CBDC, and Husky.

Full-access passes are available, as well as the option to attend individual workshops and keynotes. This program schedule is an effort to avoid zoom fatigue, and to allow flexibility if unable to attend the full conference. Registration and full conference details about the program, presenters, and a full list of sponsors is available at www.nlowe.org/Conference.

NLOWE’s Annual Conference is made possible in part by its sponsors: Opening Keynote Sponsor, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC); Workshop Sponsors, CBDC, Husky, and Fonemed.

NLOWE is pleased to offer services to women in business in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to the financial support of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.


For more information, contact:

Jennifer Brown

Marketing & Communications Coordinator


C: 709.631.3691

E: jbrown@nlowe.org

Toll-free: 1.888.NLOWE.11

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