Brock alumna hosts Canadas first Women in Leadership and Business Conference
Ildi Wiley (BA ’92, BA ’06)After years of searching, Ildi Wiley (BA ’92, BA ’06) still couldn’t find what she was looking for. A Brock alumna who has held roles in both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds, Wiley sought a forum where she could gain practical tools, strategies and knowledge and make connections to other business people who would help her grow her business and advance her professionally. Only problem was, she couldn’t find it.“Although there are many professional development opportunities on offer for professional women like executives and entrepreneurs,” said Wiley, president of Results Continuum Inc., “I felt there was a real gap between the social networking type of ‘lunch and learn’ event and formal business education.”And so, the Women in Leadership and Business Conference (WIL-B) was born. Taking place April 4 and 5, 2011 at White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the WIL-B conference is the first of it’s kind in Canada and promises to bring together expert speakers, authors, coaches and mentors for an interactive learning and professional development event focused on meeting the needs of established and emerging leaders and successful entrepreneurs and business owners who have one common goal: to advance their career or business.Limited to 200 registrants, the conference is focused on quality of presentations, speakers and connections. The schedule is designed so that each delegate can attend up to eight of 14 different development opportunities over two days. Workshops highlight timely topics including “How to use personal branding to compete in the 21st century workplace and manage your career” and “Influencing and communication skills for women”. The event will also showcase award-winning author Maggie Jackson and the host of CBC’s “Dragons Den”, Arlene Dickinson.“I met Arlene Dickinson when I was invited to co-host the “Entrepreneur Hour” radio show on CHUM,” said Wiley. “During the commercial break Arlene was intrigued by WIL-B and told me to connect with her.”Word quickly spread about the conference and people started to take notice. “We received more than 3,200 proposals for speakers,” said Wiley. “It was difficult navigating through all of the requests, but we managed to pull together a reputable, engaging panel of presenters.”Brock alumni can save up to $550Thanks to Brock University’s sponsorship of WIL-B, Brock alumni who register by Jan. 31, will receive the early bird rate of $1,270 + HST and also will save an additional $100. What’s more, Brock alumni who share the conference information via Facebook or LinkedIn will receive an additional $25 off. Simply become a fan of WIL-B by “liking” the conference’s Facebook page, or copy the following paragraph and share with your LinkedIn connections and/or Facebook friends:The Women in Leadership and Business Conference (April 4 and 5, 2011) is a national, interactive learning and professional development event for business owners and established and emerging leaders. Grow your business and advance your career. Workshops include relevant topics from experts, trainers, coaches, authors and accomplished business people from across Canada. Visit www.wilbconference.com for more info.Call or email Danielle Plata at 905-988-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of these great savings.