Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 09:00 to 18:00
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1W1

Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum

Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum

Sat, Nov 11, 2017
9am – 6pm
OCAD University

100 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

Join us as we share best practices & new ideas, connect a growing community of people with passion for advancing gender equity through the power of enterprise, and those who simply want to connect feminist values to how they run their business.

This will be a unique learning opportunity for entrepreneurs, startup professionals, business coaches (and feminists of all genders) that should not be missed! 

View the agenda and register here

Speakers include: 
Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean of Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design University. In Un-Designing Gender Inequality: Innovation through the Seven Principles of Design Anthropology, Dori will share her seven principles of Design Anthropology and its relationship to the Mandala of Cultures-Based Innovation developed by a global community of anthropologists, designers, strategists, and Indigenous activists/scholars. Dori will outline how these frameworks can be used to ethically approach the understanding of cultures, the design process, and the experience of innovation for Indigenous, migrant, and racialized communities so that innovation is not seen as Colonialism 2.0. Dori activates the frameworks by showing feminist/womanist projects that align with them.

Dr. Barbara Orser, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa and co-author of Feminine Capital. Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs. Dr. Orser will spotlight how Canadians are employing feminist values within their business practices. In doing so, entrepreneurs are creating new brands, building new business models and challenging public policies. 

C. V. Harquail, PhD, Feminists at Work & Stevens Institute of Technology. In “Feminism Foundations: Key Concepts and Points of Unity,” CV will help us understand of concepts and values that connect different perspectives on feminism. We’ll consider why feminism is more than “equality” between “men” and “women”, and why it embraces anti-racism, anti-classism, and other movements for positive social change. With a lightning quick introduction to key concepts like gendering, essentialism, patriarchy, kyriarchy, standpoints, and intersectionality, we’ll gain a working language for new conversations. Once we distinguish between critical and constructive feminism, we’ll co-develop values that offer points of unity across our different paths towards a feminist future. The goal of this session is not to provide “the” definition of feminism, but to bring us to shared starting points so that we can connect our work.

Plus the following workshops: 

  • Create Your Feminist Business Model Canvas - C.V. Harquail, Ph.D., Co-Founder Feminists at Work & Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Beneath the Surface: The Challenges of Implementing a  New Model Vicki Saunders, Founder, SheEO, in conversation with Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi, Activator, TedX speaker, Founder & President of Divity Group and Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University
  • Your One True Marketing Message Kelly Diels, writer and feminist marketing consultant who draws upon the marketing strategies of movements and revolutionaries
  • Newcomer Entrepreneurs, Culture, & Commerce Rania Younes, Founder of WelcomeHomeTO
  • Play As a Creative Force - Suzanne Stein, Associate Professor, Strategic Foresight & Innovation / Digital Futures Director, Super Ordinary Lab at OCAD U and Emma Westecott, Associate Professor, Game Design, OCAD U
  • Embodied Strength: Using the Life Force in Ferocity Jane Clapp, Re-embodiment Coach & Trauma Recovery Specialist
  • Find Your Unique (Co-)Leadership Style - Céline Peterson,Founder of Social Legacy, and Holly Nimmons, Founder of Opis 
  • Team Practices for Getting in the Game of Gender-Lens Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy, & Investing Tuti Scott, Founder of Imagine Philanthropy, coach to high-achieving leaders
  • A Feminist/Womanist Mandala of Cultures-Based Innovation - Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean of Design at OCAD U
  • Uses of the Erotic in Entrepreneurship: Moving from Problems to Solutions - Natalie Wood, Media and Visual Artist, Co-Founder, Social Innovation Hub at George Brown College
  • Intuitive Strategic Planning - Anna Dewar GullyFounder & Chief Strategist, WomenStrategy

More details to be announced. This is just a snapshot of the EFF community!

Sponsored by
City of Toronto & OCAD University

Co-Presented by 
LiisBeth Media
Feminists at Work
Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab)

Host Committee members
include Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi, Emily Antflick of Shecosystem, Christina Evans, and more. To learn more, visit feministforums.com

EFF Team:
Lex Schroeder, Petra Kassun-Mutch, CV Harquail, Patrick Robinson

Register (General admission: $125, many ticket options available)

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