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Empow(her) Network presents: Speed Date Your Mentor!

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Join us for an empowering evening of insight and networking as you meet inspiring women from the City of Ottawa-- and your potential future mentor!

Meet our amazing mentors for the evening:

Elaine Larsen - Lobbyist
Elaine worked in political and public affairs for the European Union embassy in Ottawa, where she coordinated diplomatic outreach activities to all three levels of government, coordinated relations among local stakeholders, and assisted in the creation of the embassy’s communication strategies. In her current work, Elaine has successfully raised organizations’ local, provincial, and national profiles by creating strategic partnerships with influencers working in politics, business, and government.

Mai Ngo - FCM Gender Program Officer, Podcast Host
Mai is the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’s Gender Program Officer. She has worked in anti-racism, gender equity and reproductive justice issues for 15 years. Her passion as a birth advocate has led her to hosting The Birth Talks, an intersectional feminist podcast on pregnancy, birth and parenting.

Catherine McKenney - City Councillor
Catherine was elected to Ottawa City Council on October 27, 2014.Before joining Council, Catherine worked as direct strategic support and advisor to the Deputy City Manager (Operations) at the City of Ottawa responsible for services ranging from fire and paramedic services, housing, child care, to parks, arts and culture, water and wastewater, transit, and more.

Melanie Yugo - Possible Worlds

Melanie Yugo is a Filipina-Canadian arts professional based in Ottawa, Canada. Working at the intersection of culture and citizen engagement, she co-founded and directs Possible Worlds, a socially-engaged art and music project space, gallery and publisher, and the multidisciplinary studio Spins & Needles, recognized for its participatory arts programming in non-traditional venues. In parallel, Melanie has spent her career working in social and cultural policy and research. Currently at the Canada Council for the Arts, she specializes in partnerships and intergovernmental relations, coordinating the national arts funder's involvement in national and international arts funding networks.

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