New learning hub for Tri-City professional women
April 3, 2017 03:26 PM
When the Ladies Home Journal slogan “Never under estimate the power of a woman” was launched in March 1941, it referred to the power of wives to subtly influence their husbands to make the right decisions.
Today, the same slogan could be used to describe the power of today’s women to shape their businesses, their communities and their families — and help other women along the way.
Enter the Women’s Collaborative Hub, which started last fall as a way to develop the leadership and business skills of women who are either based in the Tri-Cities or who live here but whose companies or jobs are located in another city.
Started by Trish Mandewo, Sandra Horton and Dana Harvey, the Women’s Collaborative Hub is a membership-based group that offers support, leadership training and mentorship opportunities.
Mandewo, who owns Tumblebus, a mobile gymnastics program for children, and Sandy Horton, who owns Horton Collaborations, met with The Tri-City News last week to discuss the hub that grew out of conversations about what women need to be successful leaders.
Their own experience led them to believe that professional women want more than what’s typically offered in networking groups, such as more educational opportunities and an opportunity to give back through mentoring.
“Women live here but they are not connected here,” said Mandewo, “and we wanted to tap into the tremendous energy.”
After developing a mission and strategy, the group sought out key women influencers and invited them to come to facilitated workshops called Women Influencers World Cafes, where they asked them what help they needed to get them to the next level in their professional lives.
That hub has grown to a regular monthly meeting in which a variety of local professional women share and support one another, including women leaders from the Tri-Cities’ rich multicultural community because, Mandewo said, women can benefit from each others’ varied cultural experiences.
Workshops have been developed to meet the needed skills and fill the information gaps identified by participants as necessary for their development, such as problem-solving and systems-thinking, with a five-week program on personal leadership starting April 8.
“That’s where we are unique,” said Horton, who holds a masters degree in leadership from Royal Roads University. “We are bringing evidenced-based leadership and mentoring to women business owners and professionals in the Tri-Cities.”
Recently, WCH has formed a strategic alliance with GroYourBiz, an international organization founded by Barbara Mowat that provides peer-to-peer advisory services for women entrepreneurs to help them grow their business.
Mandewo and Horton say the affiliation with GroYourBiz will help local women with legal, personnel and financial advice to take their business to the next level. As well, WCH members will get a discount on fees for attending the EXCELerate 2017 conference on leadership for professional women May 3 to 5 in Vancouver.
“As strong as women are, they have so many self-doubts,” Mandewo said, noting through communication, collaboration and connection they will be able to reach their full potential as powerful female leaders.
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For Immediate Release
Women’s Collaborative Hub Forms Strategic Alliance with GroYourBiz™ to Help Grow Women-led Businesses in the Tri-Cities
Coquitlam, BC, March 23, 2017 –Women-owned businesses are now one of the fastest growing sectors in Canada, and two organizations have teamed up in the Tri-Cities to support the success of local women entrepreneurs.
The Women’s Collaborative Hub (WCH) is Tri-Cities based organization founded by 3 local businesswomen – Trish Mandewo, Sandra Horton and Dana Harvey – to provide communication, collaboration and connection for local women in business and leadership. WCH provides resources including mentorship, coaching, evidencebased leadership training, education, and world café style events. GroYourBiz™, founded by Barbara Mowat, is an international organization which provides peer-to-peer advisory services for women entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses. Barbara herself is one of the most widely influential and respected women in business in Canada, as a past recipient of the Governor Generals Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case to advance women and girls in Canada, as well as the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
“According to reports by Fast Company Magazine and Business.com, business owners who participate in facilitated peer-to-peer advisory boards increase their bottom-line profitability by 64%, top-line sales by 56%, and productivity by 60%”, says Sandra Horton, co-founder of WCH. “Our strategic alliance with GroYourBiz lets WCH provide access to these advisory boards, locally, to help women entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level”.
“All businesses, no matter their size, face similar issues: cost control, marketing, human resource struggles, business succession, and increased competition to name a few,” said Barbara Mowat, President and Founder, GroYourBiz™. “By leveraging our two organizations, we can help women entrepreneurs develop professionally and expand their business for even greater success.”
WCH, launched in November 2016, has been inundated with Tri-Cities women seeking the communication, collaboration and connection they provide; each of the Women Influencer events and World Café style events they have held has been sold out with wait lists. The co-founders’ vision is to locally provide the professional level of support and services that many local businesswomen have previously had to venture downtown for. Partnering with GroYourBiz™ brings access to the internationally successful MyBusinessMyBoard™ Program for peer-to-peer mentorship, the opportunity to attend the annual EXCELerate conference at a preferred rate, and hands-on experience and proven tactical approaches for successful business growth.
Together, WCH and GroYourBiz™, provide business and leadership support that has not previously been available locally for women in the Tri-Cities.
For more information, please contact:
Women’s Collaborative Hub