Women’s Professional Summit: EMERGE 2023



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Designed for Women on-the-move seeking ongoing Professional Development and networking

EMERGE 2023 Women's Professional Summit

March 9, 2023 | Virtual Summit | 9:00 AM – 4:30PM
+ don’t miss out on the in-person after-party!

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About the annual Women's Professional Summit:

The annual Summit brings together and supports women professionals to share bold ideas, update soft skills, pique critical thinking, and provide career advancement and success strategies.

Hosted on a virtual platform, Remo [learn more], the third annual event will continue to focus intensely on content delivery, attendee engagement, and virtual relationship building — previous attendees have raved about its effectiveness!

The Summit features professional development sessions, interactive workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a virtual forum to enjoy some cocktails while forging new connections with other like-minded professionals.

>> Celebrate International Women’s Day with your fellow attendees during the virtual Happy Hour cocktail party or *NEW for 2023* grab your ticket for the in-person after party event.

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About the 2023 theme: EMERGE

This time last year, we were reflecting on the lessons learned from the pandemic. We saw an opportunity to pave a new way forward, rather than going back to “how things were.”

As such, our second conference was built around the theme RE [ENVISION] — seizing the moment to envision (or re-envision!) our future and to be intentional and deliberate about creating the “next normal” for ourselves.

The theme of this year’s summit is EMERGE, which focuses on supporting and inspiring women as they move to a proactive state and into a mindset where they are moving the needle on achieving their personal and professional goals.

While the pandemic may be behind us, a recession is looming and the workforce is changing. Women are demanding new ways of working and contributing, and calling for more accountability — on both sides of the table. Women are embracing the gig economy and creating better boundaries for ourselves, our mental health, and the things that matter most to each of us. Collectively, we are revitalized with ambition, intention, and purpose as we seek to contribute to our organizations in the highest way we can.

The 2023 Summit will include a robust agenda of keynote presentations, mini workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities that will explore the theme of EMERGE.

For the first time, we’ll also be offering a special in-person cocktail party in the evening to connect with each other and celebrate International Women’s Day.

We hope to see you there!


Summit Schedule

Event Opens

8:00 AM
March 9
Virtual doors open
Virtual doors open
Log in between 8:00-9:00 am to settle in and meet other attendees in the networking hall before we kick off at 9:00 am.
Pro tip: Invite a connection to meet you there and squeeze in some pre-summit networking and business development time!

First-Half of Morning Sessions Begin

9:00 AM
Summit Kick-off
Summit Kick-off
Co-hosts Kristine Leadbetter-Gold and Jennifer Hughes kick off the day with their key learning from 2022 and a few housekeeping items!

9:15 AM
Spotlight Session
Live With Intention – Because Good Enough is no longer good enough
Presenter: Anita Erskine

Session details: A three- part interactive session. Part 1: The Story – What I wish I know…journey to becoming intentional. Part 2: The Workshop – Strategy Is Knowing Yourself… read more

9:30 AM
Emotional Hygiene: Bring your authentic self to work - surviving and thriving
Speaker: Justine Fedak

Session details: What does it take to create a culture of openness for your office? How can you really bring your “real” self to work and life? Join Justine for a unique perspective on how your vulnerability can become a work superpower! learn more…

10:00 AM
Spotlight session
Ditch the Wonder Woman act
Facilitator: Carolyn Swora

Session details: There’s no question that women have suffered immensely through the pandemic and carried a heavy load. The references to our resilience and adaptability are praised, and images of superheroes like Wonder Woman are referenced… learn more

Morning Networking Break

10:15 AM
Networking Session

Second-Half of Morning Sessions Begin

10:45 AM
Workshop Session
How to avoid time-sucking low impact work (to prioritize what really matters)
Facilitators: Rosana Fernandez & Maria-Virgina Anzola

Session details: In this very practical session, you will learn how to identify and plan on how to tackle those (essential) and high-impact tasks from your to-do list, while optimizing your performance without sacrificing your health and well-being in the process… learn more


11:15 AM
Workshop Session
How to build out a standout professional brand
Facilitator: Danielle Guzman & Martin Waxman

Session Details: Featuring tips to help you break through the clutter and make a lasting impact online… learn more

11:45 AM
Spotlight Session
Mastering Social Media: Boosting Your Brand, Engagement and Impact
Facilitator: Amanda Weldon

Session Details: This session is designed to teach you the strategies and techniques you need to build your brand, increase your reach and engagement, and unlock the full potential of social media…. learn more

Mid-Day Cocktail Party & Break

Networking Session
Lunch Break & Mid-Day Cocktail Party celebrating International Women's Day
Celebrate International Women’s Day with your fellow EMERGE Summit Attendees!

Join us in the cocktail party room and feel free to bring any food or beverage(s) of choice!

Featuring a virtual art showcase by local artist, Alex Moore-Gibson, and special guests from the Girls E-Mentorship (GEM) program and your local YWCA – check out what they are doing in our community – and how you can get involved!

First-Half of Afternoon Sessions Begin

1:30 PM
Keynote Session
Build your confidence and easily get promoted
Speaker: Hina Khan

Session details: People don’t get promoted, they promote themselves. They do this first and foremost by making a conscious decision on who they are being. In this powerful talk… learn more

2:00 PM
Workshop Session
The Mindful Leader
Speaker: Dr. Parmjit Singh

Session details: Join Dr. Singh to learn ways to become a wholesomely self-managed individual and a confident and compassionate leader and role model… learn more

2:30 PM
Spotlight Session
Mapping your Wealth Planning Journey
Facilitators:  Michelle Heaphy & Kerri Latchman

Session details: Mapping you’re your Wealth Planning Journey ensures you know where you are, how you got here, and gives you space to decide what and who are important to you, so you can then work towards current and future goals with a clear sightline on your WHY… Learn more…

Afternoon Networking break

Second-Half of Afternoon Sessions Begin

3:15 PM
Panel Discussion
EMERGE Leadership Panel
Moderator: Saphia Khambalia
Panelists: Gayleen Gray, Anandi Naipaul, Andrea MacDonald, & Deborah Andrews
Session details: Join four accomplished professionals for a behind-the-scenes look at their personal playbooks, success secrets, and real challenges on their leadership journeys. Moderated by Saphia Khambalia, this no-holds-barred conversation will challenge conventional wisdom and inspire both seasoned executives and young professionals… learn more

4:00 PM
Spotlight Session
What does it really mean to grow your network?
Speaker: Mimi John

Session details: What does it really mean to grow your network? Spend a few minutes with me, as we revisit the  real importance of women and networking… learn more

Quick Farewells

4:15 PM
Networking Session
Farewell Optional networking - Closing Remarks and Lasting Connections
Take a moment to make sure you’ve snagged fellow attendees contact details and make a plan to connect post-Summit!

4:30 PM Virtual Platform Closes

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
In person After Party
In person After Party
Join us at Radius for our private after-party networking event!  Tickets available here.

Full details are included below.



Secure Your Spot Now


In-Person After-Party

We’re excited to invite you to the EMERGE After Party, an in-person celebration of our amazing Summit + International Women’s Day.

  • Entertainment by soulful singer, EnShauntee
  • Delicious array of appetizers
  • Complimentary beverage with your ticket
  • Networking with other like-minded professionals
  • A very cool photobooth #instaworthy
  • Support women by bringing feminine hygiene products to donate*
  • An opportunity to celebrate our collective achievements

Date: March 9, 2023
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Radius
Price: $30

Can’t make the Summit but want to join us at the after-party? No problem — tickets are available separately.




Lynne Carriere

Marketing and Business Development Leader

Camille Jones

Wellness Designer and Self Image Cheerleader

Mark John Stewart, ICD.D

Managing Director, Wentworth Strategy Group

Priya Sam

Story Architect, Keynote Speaker & Consultant

Kyla Kumar

Vice President, Communications & Brand Strategy, University Health Network

Robin Lacambra

Somatic and Relational Therapist

Tammy Heermann

Author, Speaker, Advocate for Women’s Advancement

Julie Ellis

Author, Entrepreneur, Leadership Coach, and Advisor

Ann Gomez

Speaker, Author, & Founding President, Clear Concept Inc.

Anita Erskine

International Keynote Speaker

Justine Fedak

Motivational speaker; self-declared Corporate Hippie

Carolyn Swora

Human Spirit Ignitor

Rosana Fernandez

Co-Founder of the FlipSide

Maria-Virgina Anzola

Co-Founder of the FlipSide

Martin Waxman

LinkedIn Learning Instructor

Danielle Guzman

Global Head of Social Media, Mercer

Hina Khan

Peak Performance Coach & Former Psychotherapist

Amanda Weldon

Content Creator & Entrepreneur

Dr. Parmjit Singh

Educator | Speaker | Coach

Gayleen Gray

Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, McMaster University

Anandi Naipaul

Chair, Ross & McBride


Who Should Attend?

Professionals who identify as women seeking business development and networking opportunities, dedicated professional development time, brand and career upgrades for a digital world, and inspiration for thriving in remote working or post-pandemic environments. All gender identities are encouraged to attend including those who identify as men, trans and non-binary people.
SupportSecure your employer's support to attend EMERGE 2023

Justification Kit

Unlock the power of innovation and propel your success to new heights by joining us virtually for a game-changing day of education and growth. This year’s lineup is specifically designed to equip you with the tools and strategies you need to emerge as a leader in your field.

Check out our Summit Justification Kit to help you gain support from your employer for your attendance.

We’ve included a draft email and flyer for you to share. Click Download to make it yours!


What is a virtual event platform?

Together with our platform sponsor, Connect Event Hub, we’re pleased to bring you the Remo virtual event experience.  Unlike Zoom or a one-dimensional viewing experience, Remo allows for both viewing and conversational modes, stimulated by small group tables and name keys to help you connect with only those you want to.  Other platform elements include chat, private messaging, guest profiles, and the ability to engage live with our speakers.  We can’t wait for you to experience a Remo event.

>Video tutorial of how to use Remo from an attendee perspective.