FACEBOOK LIVE – Empowering Women Entrepreneurs
Thursday, September 24 | 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Women owned businesses are opening at a faster rate in Alberta than those being opened by men – but they still hit a ceiling when it comes to growth – why is that? Join us as we chat about the status of women entrepreneurship in Alberta.
Facilitator: Kim Smith, Sr Manager – Community Partnerships, ATB Financial
Kim Smith joined ATB Financial as Senior Manager, Community Partnerships in 2017. Prior to ATB, Kim was the moderator and host of a monthly panel event for Postmedia Network, where she regularly interviewed many innovative and insightful entrepreneurs and shared their inspiring stories of struggle, achievement and success in business. She is thrilled to be able to bring those insights and experiences into her role with ATB to continue supporting entrepreneurs across the province.
Carly Wells, Sr. Manager, ATB BoostR, ATB Financial
Carly Wells is the Sr. Manager of ATB BoostR with ATB Financial. She is extremely passionate about entrepreneurship and helping businesses succeed, not just today, but well into the future. Outside of work, you will find Carly spending time with her family and exploring the great outdoors.
Devonne Kendrick, Marketing Lead, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
Devonne is passionate about all things marketing, life-long learning, and supporting women in business. This led her to her to her role as Marketing Lead at Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a not-for-profit organization that enables women to build successful businesses. Devonne’s past marketing experience includes developing content and strategies for local organizations in the retail, not-for-profit, and post-secondary education sectors. When she’s not writing a blog post or reviewing Google Analytics, Devonne can be found enjoying barre classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and listening to podcasts.
Holly Atjecoutay, Director Indigenous Business Services, Business Link
Holly is Cree and Saulteaux from Cowessess First Nation in Treaty 4 Saskatchewan, but calls Treaty 7 and Mohkinstsis (Calgary) her home. As the Director for Indigenous Services at Business Link, she relies heavily on her
fabulous team to provide assistance to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Alberta regarding the startup and expansion of their small businesses, connecting them to helpful resources while also providing guidance, tools and expertise.
The Indigenous Services team facilitates workshops, hosts Indigenous-focused events, provides specific programming for Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses, and builds meaningful relationships in both rural and urban Indigenous communities. Holly guides the team to success, maintains important relationships and collaboration with partners, and ensures that every First Nations and Metis community in Alberta is aware of the services that are offered.