2019 Women's Leadership Summit

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Join us on March 4!


The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Franklin Templeton Investments are proud to present the third annual Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS), in collaboration with SBX Technologies, the University of Ottawa Alumni Association, the Entrepreneurship Hub and the Women’s Mentor Initiative.
The WLS is the flagship forum for women in Canada of all ages and stages in their careers to come and gain valuable insights into how to advance their career or business venture.  This year’s theme will be “Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset.”    

The WLS will provide a platform for women leaders, allies and the next generation of male and female leaders to:  

  • Discuss challenges and opportunities surrounding women’s leadership 
  • Be inspired by influential and successful role models 
  • Explore new paths to leadership 
  • Network with like-minded professionals

Event Information

Date: Monday, March 4, 2019
Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 4006, 120 University, Ottawa, ON

1 p.m. - Check-in and networking coffee

Choose from group professional development workshops led by our speakers.

1:30 p.m.

Workshop 1: Getting to Yes: Effective Sales and Negotiating Strategies (English) 
Workshop 2: How to Optimize Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn (French) 
Workshop 3: Social Innovation in Action (fireside chat) (English) 
Workshop 4: Think like an Entrepreneur (panel) (English)

3:15 p.m.

Workshop 5: Getting to Yes: Effective Sales and Negotiating Strategies (French) 
Workshop 6: How to Optimize Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn (English) 
Workshop 7: Workplace Wellness (English)
Workshop 8: Social Innovation and Technology (panel) (English) 

Workshop(s) include your tickets for the cocktail and keynote with Nicole Verkindt. 

Register for up to two workshops + cocktail + keynote 

5 p.m. - Networking cocktail

6:30 p.m. - Keynote: Nicole Verkindt 

Speaking to the importance of disruptive thinking, along with women’s roles in business, technology and innovation, Nicole shows audiences how the real key to success is learning how to push past being told “no” over and over again.

Register for cocktail + keynote



Receive a professional development attestation

Participants qualify for a non-credit professional development attestation and may be eligible for registration fee reimbursement from their employers.


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Nicole Verkindt

Nicole Verkindt 


Nicole Verkindt  

Founder, OMX | Dragon, Next Gen Den

Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs. The founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, she understands the powerful role entrepreneurs have in growing the economy and helping to solve global issues. 
Named "Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" by StartUp Canada in 2017, Nicole has a knack for finding industry gaps and building innovative platforms and technology to fill them. At just 27 years old, she launched OMX, the only online platform of its kind, serving users from the world’s top defence, aerospace and shipbuilding sectors, as well as tens of thousands of local suppliers around the world. It also generates data to help governments understand the economic impact of their procurement decisions.
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