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"A New Future is Emerging"
8 May 2019

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A new future is emerging with Women of Change, a panel discussion in support of youth arts charity UforChange

Luncheon event features a keynote speech by renowned entrepreneur Ann Kaplan Mulholland



Toronto, ON – On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, one of Canada’s most impactful charities UforChange hosts “Women of Change” – a luncheon event and change-making panel discussion about how women are shaping the future of the corporate world.


Taking place at Watershed Partners at 65 Queen Street West in downtown Toronto, the event will feature an inspiring keynote speech by renowned entrepreneur and author Ann Kaplan Mulholland and a live panel with the founder of Muse Ariel Garten, lawyer and trademark agent Anjli Patel, founder of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto Sage Paul, and entrepreneur and CEO of Pod Nation Jasmine Pickel; moderated by Bee Quammie of Kultur’D and hosted by Nicole Servinis of Breakfast Television. The curated panel of successful women will discuss how they have succeeded in their respective fields and how they are poised to play a major role in the dawning of a new corporate landscape.

Proceeds from this luncheon will go to support the empowerment of women and youth who continue to inspire the UforChange community as well as UforChange’s artistic programs for youth in the Greater Toronto Area.

“The UforChange is a unique community where youth can test and develop new skills in the arts. They begin to see hope for a positive future. Women of Change, like many of our events, is about inspiring and building bridges to support and inspire creativity in young people, which also means promoting wellness, confidence, and hope,” says UforChange Executive Director Lea Vares Greenwood. “This event highlights individuals who have achieved their successes, in work, play, or life in general. Our hope is this event will inspire and give our female-identifying program participants a view into their own potential journey towards success.”

The world today is currently experiencing the largest transition of wealth in history. In 2015, the BMO Wealth Institute published a report titled “Financial Concerns of Women” which revealed that 51% ($14 trillion) of personal wealth in the US was controlled by women. By 2020 that number is expected to rise as high as $22 trillion. This is the catalyst for a major paradigm shift in the corporate workplace and many firms are scrambling to adjust to this trend. This shift in wealth favours organizations that have a more female balance in their culture if not outright lead by women. A new future is emerging and women have the opportunity to write the next pages. 

The event will bring together a diverse audience of Toronto’s most notable entrepreneurs, business leaders, emerging artists, and youth to be inspired by one another over lunch and following the discussion.

Those unable to be present for the event but who also want to support can purchase tickets to sponsor an UforChange youth to attend on their behalf or make a donation to the charity.

UforChange provides young people, ages 16 to 29, from all over the Greater Toronto Area, with a combination of creative, practical, and soft skills that will help them develop their careers in a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment. They achieve this through their Core Arts program, offered to over 30 young people every year, along with a series of industry partnerships that lead to workshops and mentorships, which empowers another 350 youth every year.

Since 2009, UforChange has served over 2,754 youth from all over the Greater Toronto Area, over 600 youth have graduated from their Core Arts Program from which 323 joined post-secondary education, 576 were offered paid employment opportunities, and 761 volunteer opportunities. 


EVENT DETAILS & SCHEDULE

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Location: Watershed Partners, 35 Queen Street West, 19th Floor, Toronto

  • 11:00 am – Check-in
  • 11:30 am – Lunch & Networking
  • 12:00 pm – Host Welcome: Nicole Servinis - Live Eye Reporter for Breakfast Television
  • 12:15 pm – Keynote Presentation: Ann Kaplan Mulholland - Esteemed Entrepreneur and Author
  • 12:45 pm - Panel Discussion:
    • Moderator: Bee Quammie – Co-Host of Kultur'D
    • Panelists:
      • Ariel Garten - Co-Founder and CEO, Muse
      • Anjli Patel - Lawyer & Trademark Agent
      • Sage Paul – Founder, Indigenous Fashion Week
      • Jasmine Pickel - Entrepreneur, Owner & CEO Pod Nation
  • 1:30 pm – Networking
  • 2:00 pm - End
Tickets: $85 - 135, includes a $50 tax receipt | Tickets can be purchased here.


ABOUT UFORCHANGE | @uforchange 

UforChange provides young people, ages 16 to 29, from all over the Greater Toronto Area, with creative and practical skills in a supportive and collaborative environment to help them thrive as entrepreneurs and professionals. The eight-month program is taught by industry professionals who provide the youth with opportunities to apply their skills in theoretical and practical scenarios.

Operating out of its downtown Toronto studio, UforChange has served over 2,754 youth from all over the Greater Toronto Area, over 600 youth have graduated from their Core Arts Program from which 323 joined post-secondary education, 576 were offered paid employment opportunities, and 761 volunteer opportunities. 

UforChange began in the heart of St. James Town, a Toronto neighbourhood thriving with young people from around the world. The founders identified a void in the area; the community was lacking an arts organization in the diverse neighbourhood. From there, UforChange was created offering young people the opportunity to pursue their creative passions with a spectrum of arts programs from DJ to fashion to film. Initially serving young people of St. James Town, UforChange has grown to serve the Greater Toronto Area. Their mission is to mentor young people in the pursuit of their artistic and aspirational passions in an inclusive community.

The Core Arts program includes 8-month courses in Fashion Design, Photography, and DJ Arts that teach youth the fundamentals of each subject and also provides them with opportunities such as post-secondary education support, non-traditional educational programs, access to paid and unpaid industry opportunities, and more. Beyond their Core Arts program, one of their biggest initiatives is Workshops in the 6ix, which provides youth unable to commit to the 8-month program with short-term, high-impact forums in a variety of arts-related topics.

Despite the economic challenges the charity faced over the past year, they were able to not only continue offering these services but also responded to the needs of youth and launched innovative programs to address these. In the fall of 2017, they offered a series of workshops focused on personal and professional development, which prepared 72 young people for the rising freelance economy. Recently, they launched a 3-month program for female-identifying individuals in Graphic Design and Web Development that will serve 30 participants in 2019. For more information, visit uforchange.org


ABOUT ANN KAPLAN MULHOLLAND | Entrepreneur & Author 

Not just another Housewife. Ann Kaplan is the CEO and President of iFinance Canada, the parent company to iFinance Home Improvement, Medicard, Petcard, and Dentalcard– a national consumer finance Company, she also owns and manages a large commercial and residential real estate portfolio.

An award-winning businesswoman, Ms. Kaplan is the recipient of the 2017 EY Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year/Finance; The Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award – twice: 2015, and 2000; the Peak Award of Excellence in Finance, as well as ten times on the Canada’s Profit 100 list for growth and 10X placement on the Canadian W100 list; she was also recognized as one of Canada’s most inspirational women and more recently as one of Canada’s top three Female Business Leaders.

Ann recently won the EY Canadian Entrepreneur of the year for Ontario in Finance, she has also been named in the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame 3X and was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame in 2014 and Recognized with the highest honor as Rotman School of Business Top Women in Management/Entrepreneurship, 2015 with a WIMA Award; internationally, Ann is the recipient of numerous entrepreneurship awards including 5 Stevie Awards and is the recipient of this year’s Stevie Award: Women of the Year, North America and a Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015.

Ms. Kaplan has an MBA, MSc, a Corporate Governance Designation (ICD.D) and is completing her Doctoral Thesis in finance. Ann sits on three academic boards and committees, she is a twelve-year delegate with the Ontario Economic Summit and was a co-chair in finance at the G20Y summit in Geneva.

Ann is a member of the National Speakers Bureau, she has hosted three televisions shows, written four books If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry”, “Best Practices”, “The InterNet” and “Fashion Cares and is completing her fifth book titled “How to be Successful in Spite of Yourself”.

Ann is also the mother of eight, wife of Dr. Stephen Mulholland, plastic surgeon and a star of The Real Housewives of Toronto. 


ABOUT NICOLE SERVINIS | Live Eye Reporter, Breakfast Television

Nicole Servinis is the Community Correspondent for Breakfast Television. Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Nicole grew up as a lover of arts and entertainment, including figure skating and dance, and has won national dance championship titles across North America. Nicole’s love for TV started in high school after completing a co-op program at Rogers tv in 2007, and she hasn’t looked back since.

Nicole received a full dance scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University where she studied journalism (and received the Rookie of the Year Award!). Nicole came home to finish her studies at Ryerson University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism, and had the opportunity to intern at Citytv and Entertainment Tonight Canada. Before joining Breakfast Television, Nicole was an Entertainment Producer where she interviewed many A-list celebrities, including Meghan Markle, Natalie Portman, and Melissa McCarthy. 


ABOUT BEE QUAMMIE | Co-Host, The Kultur’D Show

Bee Quammie is a freelance writer, media commentator, and public speaker. She has written for publications like The Globe and Mail, FLARE, Today’s Parent, EBONY, and more — and blogs on her two sites, '83 To Infinity and The Brown Suga Mama. Bee is also a skilled copywriter, working with big and small companies to craft messaging, copy, and communications. She co-hosts The Kultur’D Show on Global News Radio 640 Toronto, and has been a featured panelist and commentator on shows like CityTV's Cityline, CBC's The National, and TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin. As a public speaker, Bee hosts events across the GTA focusing on topics ranging from feminist film to the celebration of natural hair to diversity in media, and she speaks on topics including motherhood, mental health, race and culture, career life, and pop culture.


ABOUT ARIEL GARTEN | Co-Founder and CEO, Muse

Ariel Garten co-founded Muse® as an expression of her background in neuroscience, psychotherapy, and art, along with her dedication to bringing easy-to-use and accessible tools for well-being to the masses. Ariel is also the co-host of “Untangle” podcast, where she interviews groundbreaking neuroscientists, psychologists and meditators to teach listeners about the brain, how it works and how to use it to its full potential.


ABOUT ANJLI PATEL | Lawyer & Trademark Agent

Anjli Patel is a fashion lawyer and trademark agent who assists local, emerging, and independent designers in commercializing their creativity and protecting their ideas. After attending law school at the University of Calgary, articling at Borden Ladner Gervais, and taking Fordham University’s pioneering fashion law course in New York City, she was inspired to merge her lifelong interest in the business of fashion with the practice of law.

Alongside her law practice, Anjli has written for The Business of Fashion, Paper, and ELLE India, is a mentor at Ryerson University’s Fashion Zone and sits on the Ryerson Fashion Program Advisory Council. Anjli is an ardent supporter of local designers and is respected for her ability to speak their language. fashionlawyer.ca


ABOUT SAGE PAUL | Founder, Indigenous Fashion Week

Sage Paul is an urban Denesuliné tskwe based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. Sage is an award-winning artist & designer and a recognized leader of Indigenous fashion, craft, and textiles. Her work centres family, sovereignty and resistance for balance. Sage is also founding collective member and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. 

Her art and design practice is conceptual, creating narrative-driven garments, crafts, and costumes for artistic presentation, fashion, film, TV, and theatre. Sage Paul is a sought after and artistically diverse designer; She is creatively curious and informed, with excellent and resourceful craftsmanship. Sage has a strong, broad understanding of how she and her audiences interact with and feel fashion. 

Sage received the Design Exchange RBC Emerging Designer Award (2017) and was recognized as a Woman of Influence (2018), a Change Maker by the Toronto Star (2018), top 100 talented & driven Canadian women by Flare Magazine (2017), a Toronto “cool girl" by Vogue (2018), and was honoured by the Ontario Minister of the Status of Women as a trailblazing woman who is transforming Ontario (2017). 


ABOUT JASMINE PICKEL | Entrepreneur, Owner & CEO Pod Nation 

Jasmine Pickel is a self-made, serial entrepreneur. She launched her last company, a Toronto-based social media marketing agency at the same time she enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Toronto. After two years of growing her business with a notably all-female team, Jasmine sold her company in a successful acquisition deal with a PR firm from New York, which consistently ranks on Observer’s list of 50 Most Powerful PR Firms in America.

After selling her business, Jasmine launched her latest venture, Pod Nation, a Canadian podcasting company. Its inaugural show, Rights and Freedoms, (which Jasmine hosts) is inspired by her experience running a business and her passion for politics.

Jasmine completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa with a double major in Social Sciences, and her MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.


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