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Top Conferences for Millennial Women to Attend in 2018

A New York Times article written in 2014 featured the rise of women’s conferences and their growth since the 1970’s. It has now been 3 years and it’s safe to say that this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Women-focused conferences (usually organized by women for women) happen regularly all around the world and has contributed to a strong community of empowered women.

These conferences are not only an excellent way to gain knowledge but to foster valuable new connections that can enhance your personal and professional life!

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Thinking about attending a conference in 2018? Here’s a list of the top conferences for millennial women located in the United States and Canada:

 

Canada:

The Art of Leadership for Women

Blogpodium

Women in Leadership & Business Conference

Haste and Hustle *

Women Deliver (note: the conference is in 2019 (in Vancouver) but tickets go on sale in Summer 2018)

US:

The Workshop: A Conference by Bloguettes

Alt Summit*

Girlboss Rally

(Be sure to read our full Girlboss Rally review from attending in November 2017!)

Create & Cultivate

BlogHer

Forbes Women’s Summit

Inc.com Women’s Summit

Women in the World Summit

EmpowerHER

Next Gen Summit

Blogalicious

Massachusetts Conference for Women

The Texas Conference for Women

Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Did I miss any? Mention any you’ve attended or heard of below!

(* conferences with an asterisk indicate that the conference is not specifically geared towards millennial women but has great reviews!) 

Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurship and Coworking: Work is Changing

Intrapra-what?! I know, Intrapreneurship is not a word that we hear about quite often yet it’s something that deserves a little more recognition.

An intrapreneur is someone who acts as an “inside entrepreneur” – driving innovation and creativity while working within an organization as an employee.

As job security continues to rapidly diminish, self-employment has become more lucrative as this lifestyle often promises benefits such as flexibility, the ability to be your own boss and choice of work. But, what if self-employment isn’t for you…or maybe it is, but you’re just not ready to take that leap? Becoming an intrapreneur is a very viable and valuable option.

work is changing

As I’ve learned through my personal experience (and possibly, you’ve experienced it yourself), work is changing. In order to prepare Canadians for these changes, Futurpreneur Canada has launched workischanging.ca, an online content and resource hub with a goal of creating national awareness around employment and the value of entrepreneurship.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve partnered with Futurpreneur to write and create content on how the concept of “Work is Changing” has affected me and how Canadians can prepare themselves for the changing work landscape.

In my first guest post for Work is Changing, I decided to look at intrapreneurship and the many benefits that it has. As I shared in my post about my unexpected career journey, becoming an intrapreneur while employed at a 9-5 has helped me immensely as I begin this new chapter as a full-time entrepreneur. The most notable benefit? Confidence in my skills.

Read the full post here: Intrapreneurship – The Benefits of Working Like an Entrepreneur at Your 9-5

In my second piece for Work is Changing, I decided to not just look at how work is changing – but how where we work is changing. You may have noticed that new coworking spaces are opening all around the country and this is a trend that isn’t showing signs of slowing down. These spaces have become a haven for entrepreneurs who are looking to get work done in a creative environment and meet other like-minded individuals.

In partnership with Futurpreneur, on Thursday, December 7th, I hosted a Facebook Live interview with Rachel Kelly, Founder of Make Lemonade, a coworking space for women located in downtown Toronto. After a tour of her space, we sat down to chat about entrepreneurship, social media and her thoughts on the rise of coworking.

Work is Changing

To watch a replay of the Facebook Live interview, click here.

But aside from coworking spaces, we’re seeing an increasing number of Canadians working just about anywhere – at home, coffee shops and even shopping centres. In another guest post for Work is Changing, I took a look at the current coworking landscape in Canada, particularly looking at why coworking spaces have become an attractive option for Canadian professionals. Additionally, I chatted with a millennial couple who are prioritizing office space in their current search for a condo.

Read the full post here: Work (and Where we Work) is Changing

Outside of my work with Futurpreneur, entrepreneurship and coworking are two topics that I’ve become very interested in and I look forward to writing and sharing more content on these topics in 2018!

 

The Entrepreneur’s Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and with it the question that is both classic and cliche – “What do I get for so-and-so?” For the entrepreneur on your list who has their head in the clouds dreaming of the career they want to design, here’s a list of affordable gift ideas that will delight them on Christmas morning and help their dream jobs come true!

entrepreneur gift guide

Cup of Good Cheer Mug |  $10 

Because no work can be done without a reliable jolt of caffeine. Plus, this perky little saying is an instant mood booster for those stressful work days that come along every so often.

Matt & Nat Vegan Back Pack |  $145.00 

Because entrepreneurs are notorious for having a million things to carry at any given time. This chic, comfortable and convenient back pack is stylish enough to bring into meetings, yet extremely practical for that on the go lifestyle. Plus it is from a sustainable and eco-friendly brand – bonus points!

The Rena’ dotty For Smithery Blazer |  $285.00 

Because having something pretty yet practical to wear to work is essential! This custom blazer is a collaboration between Toronto’s own Smithery Style and Dotty Dress Studio and the piece has seriously thought of everything! A longer flattering length, contrasting cuffs, slim lapel to elongate your figure and made in Toronto!

Kinfolk Entrepreneur |  $35 

This book which stands as a work of art thanks to its gorgeous photography, explores the business stories of over 40 creative entrepreneurs from all over the world. Is there anything quite like in-depth interviews of people successfully pursing their passions as a career to inspire? No, no there is not!

Worry Free Money |  $21.99 

Written by Toronto’s own Shannon Lee Simmons (money master mind, if you didn’t know) this book delivers fresh, informative and most importantly down-to-earth advice to help you make the most of your financial planning so you can start living. It covers everything from saving for vacations to planning for your retirement – a must-have for anyone who is or wants to be their own boss.

TEASE Glass Tea Tumbler with Infuser |   $35.00 

A clever and classy way to take your daily brew of loose-leaf out and about wherever you are.  This tumbler is custom designed by the wonderful TEASE team in Ottawa (go Canada go!) and offers an elegant means to enjoy your favourite blends anytime, anywhere.

16 Month Agenda |  $14.99 

Because 12 months is never enough when you’re running/planning a business and while digital calendars are all well and good, there is nothing quite like jotting down appointments by hand in a colourful paper agenda. This imaginative beauty will dress up any meeting you may have!
Beats Solo Wireless Rose Gold Headphones |  $329.95 

Because the entrepreneur in your life will have a million podcasts they are dying to listen to! These on-ear headphones are a fantastic addition to any desk set up, offering a comfortable way to listen to hours of podcasts without getting sore ears! And rose gold – need I say more?