WBN News

  • The President’s Pen
  • Save the Date!
  • We have a brand new website!
  • The Brag Box – find out all the exciting things our members are doing!
  • Women 2 Women Blog – November
  • Newsletter Content

Save the Date!

WBN events are THE place to meet and network with some of the most dynamic, forward thinking businesswomen in Ottawa. You can check out all of our upcoming events from the WBN and its members on our events page. Here’s what’s coming up for the WBN:


President’s Holiday Reception; an Original Moment to Celebrate

December 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Indulge in a festive holiday reception with fellow WBN members, colleagues and business acquaintances. There will be door prizes and swag bags!
Shop for holiday gifts at a unique craft destination | www.originalsshow.ca
Make a Difference with a donation to Suits Me – new or gently used clothing for women re-emerging into the working world | www.myfirstsuit.ca (Suits, blouses, pants, new undergarments, accessories and dressed – there is a need for size 12+)

December Breakfast Mix & Mingle

December 17 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Have you thought about joining the WBN but have not had a chance to connect? Do you find larger networking events intimidating? Then the WBN Breakfast Mix and Mingle may be right for you!  It’s a great opportunity for you to learn what the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa has to offer, meet WBN members and connect with other businesswomen.

Building Business Brilliance, January 20

Brought to you by the Marketing & Communications Committee, this event is going to be a learnathon that will get you fired up for 2015! Stay tuned for full details – you won’t want to miss this chance to learn about the WBN’s new website and how to use a variety of social media tools to help you grow your business and professional presence online!

BYA Gala Announcement

The BYA Gala Committee is excited to confirm that the Businesswoman of the Year Awards Gala will be taking place on April 23, 2015 at the Ottawa Conference Centre.  This year, the BYA Gala Committee will be creating gift bags for each person who registers for the event.  The BYA Gala Committee would like to invite WBN members to contribute an item to be included in the gift bags. It’s a great way to promote your business and add some sparkle and fun to the event!  More information and details to come!

We have a brand new website!

We want to give a big shout out to member Jennifer Hood of Underscore Solutions for designing and building an updated site for the WBN. She’s done a beautiful job creating a space that more accurately reflects the WBN. Thank you, Jennifer!

You can visit the new WBN website today to become a member and be a part of a truly fabulous community of businesswomen in Ottawa!

The Brag Box – find out all the exciting things our members are doing!

We’ve always known that the WBN has distinctive and outstanding women, but this month, we’re celebrating several women who were recognized as distinctive women in Canada:

Pauline Fleming and ProActive Business Leaders is proud to have had 10 Leaders Who Care business  (90% business women) from Ottawa join us for our inaugural Myrtle Beach Business Retreat in November. While hearing that Ottawa was receiving snow, we took beach walks to ENVISION our 2015 plans, enjoyed some playful networking poolside and returned to Ottawa inspired for another year of amazing and authentic growth.

Jennifer Hood is on a roll these days! Her business, Underscore Solutions, has just launched yet another beautiful website redesign – this time for The Urban Element. Congratulations to member, Carley Schelck, and her partners for this exciting update!

WBN members, please email Karen@wellmanwilson.com if you have something to share with us in the Brag Box. We want to hear your business news so we can celebrate with you!

Women 2 Women Blog – November

WBN members can submit blog posts any time to be featured on the WBN website. Here are some of the posts from November:

Social media allows you an amazing opportunity that will let you extend networking from in-person events to online connections. Karen Wilson tells us how this month on the blog.

Valeri Hall Little gave us a lot of advice this month on getting your work mojo back. If you’re struggling, try these tips to get back into your groove.

Events in October here in Ottawa left many people shocked and dismayed by what is happening in the world. Camille Boivin shares her thoughts on how we can move forward.

Are you a smart phone, laptop, or any other mobile device user? You will definitely want to read Dr. Sasha Hamid’s post about how you can straighten up and improve your posture!

In this season of giving, it’s easy to get caught up in things. The busyness of celebrations, shopping, and what to buy. Amy Rutter has some ideas for making sustainable, thoughtful, and meaningful gifts.

As an entrepreneur, it can be a challenge from time to time to keep going and doing the hard work to succeed. Sandra Tisiot shares her thoughts on how to be resilient as an entrepreneur so you stay motivated.

Stephanie Egan took time to share the story of Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden, who has devoted over 23 years to research into ovarian cancer. It’s doctors like her that will bring the world a cure.

Getting overwhelmed is a common occurrence in our lives as busy women. Thankfully, we have Moira Hutchison to help us get back to a place of inspiration and motivation.

Do the Blue! It’s time for some #selfiecare – Stephanie Egan’s second contribution to the W2W blog for November encourages us to get involved and help raise awareness and funds for the Critical Care Wing of The Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus.

Camille Boivin shared an excellent recap of the “Let Go as your Baby Grows” event. It was a great night of important advice, information, and mindset examination for businesswomen.

Newsletter Content

Contact Karen Wilson (Karen@wellmanwilson.com) if you have something you’d like to see included in the newsletter. The deadline to submit is the 20th of each month.