Tasty Road Trip
Our August Ladies Night Out - Sips & Eats Tasty Road Trip Food + Drink Experience with OWIN Member Jan Vilaca AKA Spicy Jan! This was an extraordinary event:
We had 4 hours of luxury travel transportation to each destination starting in Burford. We stopped at several places and met some very interesting business owners!
- LeChocolat du Savoie – Annette
- Bell City Brewery - Tracey
- Our Kitchen Brantford - Chef Julez & Cathy
- Brantview Farms & Howell Cider - Jay Howell
- Paris Bohemian Art Gallery - Kat
- Wabi Sabi Crystals - Natalie
- Juniper Dining Co - Chef Andrea
See more photos in our photo gallery.
2th Anniversary Celebration
In September, we had our 25th Anniversary Celebration at Craigowan Golf Club. It was a wonderful setting to celebrate this amazing milestone, with appetizers & networking, plus dinner, dessert and speakers.
For those who missed our 25th Celebration, here are a few excerpts from the evening.
A welcome from our President Tammy Burdett, 2019/2020!
I thank all of you for coming and helping us celebrate OWIN’s 25th anniversary!! OWIN started in 1994 to help the women entrepreneurs of Oxford County. A lot has changed since then, more women are starting their own businesses and looking for likeminded women and that is where OWIN comes in. After 25 years, OWIN is still going strong and we are always looking for something new for all of us to learn.
So be proud to be a part of OWIN, not only to get ideas for yourself but to pass on great ideas to your fellow women entrepreneurs.
Our evening proceeded with words from Cathy Bingham, our Founder.
Here are a few words from here speech:
OWIN first became a glimmer of possibility about 27 years ago. Over a cup of coffee with my sister-in-law, Barb, I learned of an exciting group she had recently joined. It was a women’s networking group in K-W, and she could barely contain her enthusiasm for her recent discovery. She looked forward to each meeting where she would have an opportunity to meet with kindred spirits, make new friends, learn about their careers and their businesses, and stretch her professional development borders.
And I thought, “Wow, we need something like this in Oxford!”
Over the next two years, I approached a few groups, looking for an umbrella group to host a similar professional women’s organization. At the time, I was serving on the Oxford Community Futures board. They liked the concept of providing growth opportunities for professional women and agreed to sponsor the group. A founding board was recruited, and planning began.
The charter OWIN board was comprised of myself, Diana VanWinden (General Manager of the Oxford Small Business Support Centre), Dixie Bullen (Westcar), Kristi Cross, Carol Eriksson, and Fran Brown (Bell).
Our next speaker was Carole Eriksson, Founder
Here are a few words from her speech:
I believe that the original focus was to be the mentoring and growth of women so that women could move into middle and top management. Women in management in corporations were not the norm. For those in their own businesses, we had challenges with accessing financing for our business and breaking into the circles of opportunity and power, commonly known as the “old boys’ network.”
For those of you who don’t know how hard it was for women, here is a small example: My MasterCard application was turned down in the early 90’s, even though I owned half the business, earned the same as my husband and paid the bills for the credit cards in my husband’s name. I learned that supplementary credit cards do not build your credit rating and was trying to establish a credit rating.
Also, in the early 90’s if Gunnar had died or been incapacitated, it was a concern that our bank would pull our loans. We paid about $1,500 for a partner at the accounting firm we used, to go to the bank with me for an annual review and to help establish my credibility with the bank.
Many women still face those challenges today, as banks have increased the minimums for loans to higher amounts than many women can qualify for, or maybe even need. The result is that small borrowers may have to use credit cards with their crushing interest rates on outstanding balances, which is rewarding for bank shareholders but not the credit card users.
Kristi Cross, Founder
Our Speaker Kristi Cross was not able to attend due to illness, but she did send some welcoming words that Judith was able to share!
How amazing to celebrate Oxford Women in Networking on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary milestone.
There have been many accomplishments:
- Bringing women’s issues to the forefront
- Advocating for those who might not have had a voice
- Opportunities to develop professional & management skills
- Providing a forum to network and share best practices
- Monthly networking luncheons in Tillsonburg, Ingersoll & Woodstock
You are to be congratulated for keeping OWIN relevant and encouraging change.
Many of us work remotely and the need for personal and professional relationships is more important than ever before.
Networking works because it is a RECIPROCAL process!
Lindsay Wilson from Community Futures was our next speaker.
Lindsay’s topic was Women Entrepreneurs: What's our Future! View Lindsay’s Presentation here.
Community Futures was also Our EVENT SPONSOR!
Further to the presentation from Lindsay Wilson at OWIN's 25th Anniversary Celebration Event, please complete the following survey.
Community Futures Oxford is currently finalizing the details of some new programs and supports for women entrepreneurs and Lindsay would like to incorporate your feedback in the plan. Please keep in mind that it will be easier to incorporate ideas and supports if it’s based on feedback and data from the community so your participation is highly valuable and can have real impact on what’s available to women
In addition to the survey, you can also provide your feedback at Community Futures Improving services for women entrepreneurs: an in person discussion.
Online via Google Hangout on October 22, 2:00-3:00pm. Register here.
Online via Google Hangout on October 22, 7:00-8:00pm: Register here.
In person on October 24, 9:00-10:00am at the Register here.
Brenda Pearce was our final speaker of the evening.
Brenda’s topic was Empowering to Live More Fully Now & Without Regrets.
Here are a few words from her speech:
Making peace with people, emotions and items that may be or have been in conflict with us is something that we have to seriously look at. Sometimes actually confronting the person whom we are in distress with may not always be possible for many reasons so I am sharing a technique with you that you can use at any time to free yourself from the pain of the situation, person or emotion. It is a Hawaiian technique called Ho'oponopono. It is a beautiful way of releasing burdens, and finding peace. Often times the problems in our life are our problems and really if we can create them in our mind then we can release them in our heart.
- Think of the person, situation, emotion or item that is bothering you, that you feel has a hold on you. In your heart and mind tell them “I love you” and spend a few moments thinking of all the ways you love or appreciate them.
- Next is to think in your heart and mind “I am sorry”. Every situation takes two different opinions, and each of us have a role to play in it. Admitting your sorry is the key to release. It makes it possible to let something go. To lose the emotional attachment.
- Now ask in your heart and mind, ‘Please forgive me” energetically opens the avenue to receive forgiveness that you may be needing and wanting, and opens you up to receiving release from the ties of the situation.
- Now from your heart, and mind offer “Thank you.” Be grateful for taking the time to heal, and realize that the situation is healed, and that you are free. Not only that but the other side of the situation is also free.
Life is challenging enough without carrying unnecessary baggage. That even if the other side of the situation continues to harbour baggage, you are free. You do not need to carry it, and you are not obligated to act or react to it anymore. When you find that peace in your heart, your mind and spirit, you will feel more comfortable within the home that is your life. Peace in the world starts with you. You will find that opportunities and people will be drawn to you in a new and amazing way.
Our Networking Activity—led by Events Team Member, Liz Johnston
Members’ Vision for OWIN in 5 years
- Assist and mentor young women in their search for careers and match (connect) them with (Mentorship program)
- Move the meetings around the county and have one personal testimony each meeting
- Mastermind groups: bring in perspectives, brainstorm, problem solve
- Women’s retreat (cabin etc.)
- Time to sit with seasoned business member and ask five questions
- Young woman outreach
- OWIN in the high schools (speakers)—student members, younger faces
- Partner with community projects and initiatives
- Personal transformation summit
- Self-employment mentors
- Self-care mentors
- Lunches will continue with updates and conversations on business topics
- More advanced web platform (more user friendly)
- Can we adapt to fast paced and society artificial intelligence?
- Are we willing to reach out with friendship and caring?
- Listen to our members and prospective members
- “The greatest privilege in life is the opportunity to be of service to others.”
Special Thank you to my Events Team for all their hard work over the last few months and at the event! I appreciate your assistance with getting everything organized, using your creativity to create the vision of our 25th Anniversary and hosting meetings!!
Celine Beaudoin, Liz Johnston, Dayna Noury, Carol Eriksson—Thank You!
Thank you to Karen Coleman for all her continued and ongoing support of OWIN Events. We appreciate all her beautiful designs/graphics for all OWIN events and advertising!
Enjoy the Autumn weather!
Signs of change and colour will guide you into the next season!