Our third co-storm is taking place in Vancouver on Saturday, January 30th from 9am-3pm at Kickstart Catalyst!! 

We have an exciting line-up of mentors joining us, and I’d like to introduce you to them. Even if you decide not to join us, these are some women that should be on your radar. 

Before I continue with the introductions, I’d like to share the following quote from a blog I subscribe to. I’d like to share it with you because I couldn’t have said it better. 

“There’s a very real sort of creative power that comes only from getting outside your own head. A muse (mentor, co-stormer) allows you to look at the world without your usual filters and desires, and inspires real problem solving.

Next time you’re stuck, step outside of your own mind. Think about how you’d solve your problems for someone else, or how they would solve it for you.”
Great ideas are only a conversation away. 

*Don’t know what a co-storm is? Learn more by clicking here
 

And now for the introductions. Drum roll please… here are our

Vancouver Storm Muses and Mentors:

 
MADELEINE SHAW and SUZANNE SIEMENS
– Founders of Lunapads
About them: 
Longtime social entrepreneurs and business partners, Madeleine and Suzanne are best known as the founders of Lunapads, a vertical web retailer of natural personal care products, and G Day, a national rite of passage celebration series for adolescent girls.


JESSICA PAUTSCH –  Social enterprise, innovation, and community development
About her: 
Jessica’s core work focuses on empowering businesses and entrepreneurs to become catalysts for social change. Jessica has 10 years experience advising Fortune 100 companies to start ups in sustainable business design, stakeholder engagement and strategy planning.

JILL EARTHY – Chief Growth Officer at frontfundr.com
About her: 
As a community leader and active mentor, Jill serves as a Director on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University (SFU), on the Board of the Women’s Enterprise Centre and as Co-Chair of the WEB Alliance, a collective of over 25 Women’s Business networks in the lower mainland of BC.

NICOLE DONNELLEY – Serial Entrepreneur, HappyCamper.world
About her:
Whether talking about her latest work in emotional intelligence (HappyCamper.world), running an ultra marathon, being a mom, pulling big air at the XGames, or launching, growing, and selling BabyLegs, a multi-million dollar international business, Nicole is fiercely committed to sharing the powerful lessons learned along this journey.
 
 
SUSAN WASHINGTON, B.Ed, M.Ed, CPCC  – Leadership and mentorship coach
About her:
Susan mentors smart and powerful entrepreneurs to get clear and develop a strategic plan that is sound and lasting. Her expertise takes you beyond the rhetoric, albeit important, of Living With Purpose so you can manage your thinking, your people, while getting profitable, staying clear and excelling at your day-to-day business.
 


JEN DeTRACEY – Marketing expert at Lift Strategies
About her:
Jen is a published author, speaker and one of Canada’s top marketing experts. She spent her formative years in the music industry building Sarah McLachlan’s fan base, and has since gone on to help solo and small business owners to build their fan club.

ANDREA SCOTT – Chief Kulture, Creative Officer and Co-Owner of skoah
About her:
Andrea has worked in the retail industry for over 25 years and is passionate about creating empowering, positive and educational in store experiences. Previously Andrea has worked as the Brand Manager for lululemon athletica, and has run her own PR and Communications company with clients like Grip Limited and Happy Planet.

 
SHIRLEY WEIR – Founder of MenopauseChicks.com
About her: 
After 25 years working in marketing & communications (15 running her own company), Shirley is now on a mission to “crack open” the conversation on all-things-midlife over at MenopauseChicks.com.


KIM HEATH – Lawyer, charted professional accountant, & business strategist at kimheath.com 
About her: 
With over 20 years’ experience advising businesses on all aspects of operations, Kim believes in empowering clients through helping them understand exactly what is needed to address their challenges while providing the security that their best interests are always protected through the process.
 


AILEEN DE LA TORRE – Co-Founder and CFO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc.
About her:
Aileen partners with conscious, purpose-driven businesses who are ready to ignite their cultures and create purpose through creating and inspiring loving human connections at work and at home.
 
 
VALENTINA BELLICOVA – Founder & President of AppleSeed Marketing Inc.
About her:
Valentia’s career has been a long and storied one spanning both the Small Business and Fortune 500 Corporate worlds. From day one she has been in sales, public relations and marketing; she has been an employee and an employer, small business owner and corporate executive, consultant and principal in several start-ups. 

DIANE NAJM 
– CEO & Founder of PhotoPad for Business
About her:
A leader who’s passionate about the start-up community, Diane serves as Former Director, Seattle Founder Institute, Mentor, Coach and organizer to Start up Weekend, Expert Panelist and speaker on Entrepreneurship, Invited to the White House Digital Tech summit and served on Delegation for Vancouver First Startup Week.
 
 
MELODY BIRINGER – CRAVE Founder
About her:
The author of CRAVING Success: a startup junkies path from passion to profits, Melody has trotted down virtually every entrepreneurial trail in existence. With 23 business ventures under her belt, you might even call her a lifelong “start-up junkie.”
 

When is the storm?

Saturday, January 30th from 9am -3pm
Cost: $97
 
To Apply

 Fill out this short form with the ideas/projects you would like to put into the storm. Also tell us what skills/talents you can bring to the collaborations.

We are looking for a variety of skills and projects to make our mash-up the best it can be. If you are picked, you will hear from us within 48 hours of your application.  

Space is limited.

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Love,

 
 
 
 
 Melody and the CRAVE team