Weekend Note :: Launch Party 3, YWCA Edmonton Leadership Centre and Holiday Cheer

Happy Weekend! These days are flying by at a daunting pace. The dimming daylight and snow-covered cityscape remind me the holidays are just around the corner. Wasn't the city insanely pretty after the massive snowfall?!

Here’s a snapshot of my week.

Last Thursday, Startup Edmonton announced the ten hottest startup companies in the city. Poppy Barley was one of the companies! I have serious respect for every company on the list. Many of these folks work right next to me at Startup Edmonton. The founders and entrepreneurs behind these companies have provided endless inspiration, support and keep the mood happy even in the most stressful moments. It’s a true culture of collaboration – one I am so proud our city is building.

On Thursday, November 15, Poppy Barley is joining the nine other companies to throw a big party to share our ideas with the public. You should come! Come see our boots in person, say hello to Justine and I, and be insanely inspired by every entrepreneur in the room. Plus celebrate with drinks, demos, and DJs to set the mood.

(Mack wrote a great preview of all the companies at the event. Plus, checkout all the other great events happening in Edmonton for Global Entrepreneurship Week)

Let’s skip from entrepreneurship to leadership. The YWCA Edmonton has the vision to build a leadership centre for girls and women. The goal is to provide girls from ages 6 through 21 with the confidence, skills and opportunities they require to become leaders and contribute fully and equally to their families and their communities. On Wednesday, the YWCA held its first Speaker Series to raise money for the YWCA Edmonton Leadership Centre. Premier Alison Redford casually mingled with the women in the room before delivering her personal perspective on leadership. As a board member for the YWCA, I find it shocking that only 1 in 5 girls believes she has what it takes to lead. We need to change this; we need to create a community that encourages and prepares girls for leadership roles.

The YWCA Leadership Centre is an ambitious goal and it needs your help.

To keep my mind distracted from the madness of launching a company, I spent Saturday with the City and Dale girls. We spent hours preparing amazing holiday content for the blog. I can’t wait to unveil inspiration for home holiday décor, beauty how-tos, and so much more! Get ready for A LOT of holiday cheer.