COM0015 – Assignment 5: Event

COM0015 – Assignment 5: Event

On Friday, February 26th I attended the Monthly Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs, put on by WeCan Network. WeCan Network was founded in Calgary, Alberta and is a space for women entrepreneurs to network and come together to share business ideas (WeCan, n.d.). I chose this event since it was for women in business and specifically in Canada. It was a great place to meet like-minded people and begin breaking out of my shell and networking. 

Here is a picture of me and the ladies I had the opportunity to meet at this great networking event! I am in the top right corner.

This event was hosted by Zulfira Pulotova who is the WeCan Founder. I also had the opportunity to meet four other wonderful women. I met Chelse who has her own plant-based manufacturing company in Rhode Island, I thought it was neat to meet her since she was from the states and we had the opportunity to talk about the differences in business between the two countries. I also met Mila who, like me was there to do some general networking and get to know other women in business.  The third person I met was Holy who currently works for the city of Calgary, and finally Alga who works in Alberta’s education centre. Since we were such a small group, we all had several opportunities to speak and ask each other questions. It was very different than any in-person networking event I have attended, but I really enjoyed it. 

A few things I learned at this event was how to find funding for starting a new business, specifically government grants. Something that I learned more specifically is that MasterCard has a foundation for business grants. I thought this was very interesting and something I may begin to look into further. 

Something that I was able to contribute to the interaction was that I could provide some knowledge on using social media in business. Holy specifically asked me about how she could use Twitter for her business. I was able to provide her some guidance and answer a few of her marketing questions. 

Some ideas I have walked away from that event with are some tips on your business’ elevator pitch. Zulfira reminded us to practice our pitch often and memorize it well. She also mentioned that while it is hard to talk about ourselves, and often sounds like we are bragging, it is so important to do it when selling our brand and networking. I thought these pieces of advice were very helpful and something I will be focusing on for myself. 

One quote from the event that really stood out to me was:

Who do you want to show up as? Build your brand and pitch around that. 

I will definitely be attending a similar event in the future. My goal is to attend one networking event every quarter throughout the year. WeCan actually offers networking events on the last Friday of each month, so I may start attending more frequently if possible. I would like to attend more to help me overcome my shyness and network better. I specifically liked being with other women in business. I think the really great part of having such a small group together was that we all added each other on LinkedIn before we parted ways. Furthermore, there is a closed Facebook group that we have now all been invited to join to stay in touch, hear about other networking events, and learn more business tips along the way! 

Sources:

Eventbrite, (26, Feb 2021). Monthly Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs. Retrieved from https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/monthly-networking-event-for-women-entrepreneurs-tickets-141735722361#

WeCan. (No date). Reinvent. Grow Your Business. Retrieved from https://www.wecanetwork.ca/

Explaining Sports to Women

Too many times I have heard that I don’t know anything about sports because I’m a woman.  According to Forbes, women know a lot about sports, women like sports, and heck women even play sports.

 

I live in a house with all men/boys which automatically turned me into a hockey/baseball/rugby mom.  At one time, I even drove the stereotypical minivan.

While at one of my son’s hockey games, a group of dads started heckling me and the two ladies I was standing with, even going so far as to call us “stupid” and claimed we knew nothing about hockey.  They  then tried to further mansplain the game to us when a call didn’t go in their favour.  Let’s be clear: I don’t need anyone to help me understand hockey.  I grew up in a rink—both my brothers played hockey.  I married a hockey player, and we have two children that play.  My grandfather was an author who published hockey stories as well as wrote articles on the sport.  My uncle was a commentator on Hockey Night In Canada and also penned several books on the subject.

 

So why is it widely perceived that women know nothing about sports?  

Ladies—have you ever supported a team only to have to justify why you like them beyond their uniforms?  This not only implies that only men can like sports, but that men are also the experts when it comes to anything sports related.

Women personalities in sports media.

Although millions of women play sports, and many more millions are fans, women are still not given the opportunity to actually talk about sports.  Males dominate the media.  By discouraging women in this field, it only fuels the premise that women simply don’t understand sports—maybe it’s the men that don’t know as much about sports as they think.

Social media can certainly up the ante for these women working in the male-dominated sports industry.  It provides them a platform that not only gives exposure, but a voice and a presence so that women of all ages can follow them, learn from them, and support them.

Facebook: Explaining sports to women, hint: don’t do it.  Why is it Widely Perceived that Woman Know Nothing About Sports.  

Twitter: Why men shouldn’t explain sports to women http://bit.ly/2FtLXQK.