The 2017 Women's Leadership Conference will be a full day of inspirational, educational and interactive experiences, geared toward women in business. These women will be mainly from home based businesses, and we will be giving them tips and tools for how to take their business to the next level. We will also be highlighting women's roles as leaders in our community encouraging participation in the democratic process, and on our board of directors.
The specific areas we want to address are, Encouraging women in business to grow and expand their business, reducing barriers for women's full participation in the labour market, addressing women's unique experience in poverty, enhancing the democratic participation of women, and reducing barriers and encouraging women and girls in leadership positions.
Improving the status of women and girls in Alberta is extremely important to us as we are a mainly rural community. Being a traditional agricultural region, it has become evident with today's financial climate that women are expected to work off the farm, and indeed want to have their own independence.
A number of our urban communities have women as elected officials, however there is still a huge imbalance of men on the various councils, and our large rural Vulcan County council is made up entirely of men. We have a selection of lady councillors that are willing to participate in a panel discussion on what inspired them to be community leaders, along with other strong community minded women leaders. We feel that having local people talk about their experiences will make the prospect of making a difference more attainable, particularly to the younger generation.
For women in business we will be conducting 2 workshops, the first is 'Are you ready for entrepreneurship?', this workshop focusses on if the attendee has a business idea but are not sure they are ready to start a business. In this introductory session, they will be provided with the information to help them decide when, and if, owning a business is right for them. The second workshop is 'Roadmap for Success', this workshop will work on If they have a specific business idea, or they've been in business for a few years but have never written a business plan, this workshop is for them. This three-hour session is an introduction to the basic components of a good business plan. It will help the participant move forward with confidence, learn how to conduct informative marketing research and explore how to create financial plans that will support business viability.