Vancouver-based Young Women in Business, a nonprofit with the mission of supporting the personal and professional development of young women, is opening its first eastern Canadian chapter in Toronto. To mark the occasion, YWIB is hosting its Shatter: Breaking the Glass Ceiling conference on March 26.
YWIB Toronto was started by four Toronto women — Miranda McKie, Victoria Stacey, Olivia Kitevski, and Laura Downing who saw a lack of support and networks for young women entrepreneurs. Working for over the past year, the women partnered with YWIB to extend the organization into Toronto.
“So many young women are full of ambition, ideas and potential to be amazing leaders. It saddens me when the business environment does not provide opportunity or even encourage women to flourish,” said McKie, who is now the president of the Toronto chapter, and a Master Data Governance professional. “Our goal at Young Women in Business is to help set women on a path to being the the best versions of themselves in both their personal and professional careers.”
The conference will include speakers from Tangerine, Ear-O-Smart, the Ontario Ministry for Health, and Long Term Care and many more. These speakers and over 70 other professionals will discuss the current status of women in the workforce and how young women can make the most of their careers. The conference will hone in on two career pathways — corporate business and entrepreneurship — and will examine the barriers to entry and reasons for the lack of representation in both fields.
Tickets for the conference are available here.