Inspiring Leadership

WNorth conference in Whistler addresses New Year goal setting for women with actionable workshops, inspiring speakers and new connections.

WHISTLER, British Columbia. January 21, 2016 – A new year often comes with new career aspirations and WNORTH Conference, a business summit in Whistler, BC, addresses goal setting for women who aspire to leadership positions. From balancing work and home priorities, to inspiring change and making connections that matter, setting career goals can be daunting and connecting with women, likeminded in their direction as they rise towards leadership, is a great place to start.

“Beyond an individual’s goal setting endeavors, the workplace in 2016 needs to support the next generation of female leaders and WNORTH provides that forum,” says Heather Odendaal, founder and producer of WNORTH Conference. “There is a desire to develop women in the mid-stage of their career but that sometimes doesn’t translate into action. It is my hope organizations consider supporting attendance at WNORTH as a way to develop their high potential female employees.”

Actionable workshops at WNORTH Conference will balance inspirational speaker content and provide real return on investment for attendees. From developing the ultimate skill set for executives, presented by author and executive coach Lisa Martin; to perfecting presentation and speaking skills with Narges Nirumvala, a world renowned leadership communication expert and author of the public speaking book “Capture the Spotlight”; participants will come away with a framework for success in each topic.

Speakers will come from all corners of North America and two additions to the roster include speaker Philip Grosch of PwC Canada and workshop facilitator Heather Rangel of Deloitte. Grosch will discuss “Career Sponsorship – How to Manifest Your Own Luck’. Different from a mentor, career sponsors not only advise on a career, but help to actively advance it. Rangel’s workshop ‘Business Chemistry – Using Science to Improve Relationships’ will show participants how they can use science to improve business relationships by exploring four scientifically based patterns of behavior. By understanding the patterns participants can then uncover insights about individuals and teams based on these observable traits and preferences.

“I am so excited about the insights the Business Chemistry workshop will present for our participants,” says Odendaal. “This knowledge will help you with every one of your important business interactions and help you optimize your teams. The resulting data-driven system is easy to remember, but has a sophisticated underpinning that highlights statistically relevant behavioral cues in a business environment.”

Tickets for WNORTH are now available. The Balance Pass is $699 and includes access to two days of WNORTH Conference programming in Whistler, an opening wine reception, West Coast Networking lunch, the Connected Breakfast and access to the WNORTH Community Networking app, hosted by Bizzabo.

Registration is now available at

WNORTH Conference is proud to partner with McQuarrie Hunter LLP, Business Events Canada, BCBusiness, Nita Lake Lodge and is produced by Bluebird Strategy.


WNORTH is an unprecedented meeting of today’s top women business leaders and the next generation of women rising to leadership positions in corporate, public and entrepreneurial sectors. WNORTH creates a ground-breaking environment where women leaders come together to engage in real conversations that are critical to achieving success – from board engagement and financing, to work-life balance and relationship management. The connections made will be long lasting and the new perspectives gained will be career-changing.


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