We hear so much about women being competitive with one another, but I am here to tell you that this isn’t always true.

Eight of us, representing different women’s business organizations, have come together to plan an International Women’s Day in Burlington. Now some of us have never met before and yet we are forming a tight bond as we unite to make this a special event for women in the community.

Why is it working?

  1. There’s a shared vision of what we want to see happen. At first that wasn’t so clear, but we talked, explored options and came up with a plan that everyone could buy into.
  2. Everyone is sharing her skills or resources. One person is great at social media, others at getting sponsors, another at writing, and so on. One member is contributing the resources of her organization. And we are all bringing our connections to the table.
  3. We are committed.   In fact we have been joking that we have this project covered 24/7 because a few work late into the night, while others, like myself, are early birds.
  4. Decisions are made by consensus. No one person is calling all the shots. We talk about ideas, with everyone pitching in their ideas.
  5. We are using modern technology. With the help of Zoom, we have been able to meet on a regular basis, even when members of the group are out of the country.
  6. There is mutual respect.   This one is key for the collaboration to work.
  7. The proceeds will be going to charity. So no one organization is going to make money on the event, as we are donating proceeds to the United Way Halton Hamilton and that unites us all in our efforts.
  8. The United Way of Halton Hamilton is also actively involved in the planning too, making sure that the event is successful too.

Now admittedly it is early days, but I am confident that the above will still be true when we reach our International Women’s Day event.

So mark the date – March 4, 5-9pm at NUVO Network, Burlington. Our focus will be on women and leadership, with Lisa Lisson, CEO of FedEx Canada leading the conversation.

Company of Women is thrilled to be working on this project and kudos to my partners in crime for making this happen – Busiwomen, Independent Women in Leadership, Insight Edge, MAWB, Mompreneurs and NUVO Network.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.