Embracing Equity

Published on
March 16, 2023
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Three vibrant deep purple tulips with bright green leaves bloom in a small pot.
Gorgeous tulips gifted to me during a visit to Vivacious.

What does Embracing Equity mean to me?

It’s investing 4 hours of my day, to listen to, and learn from a diverse array of women sharing their experiences starting and growing successful businesses and careers.

It’s learning how a $500 loan paired with a $500 grant can literally change someone’s life, setting them up to start and grow a business which literally supports their family, and others in their community.

It’s meeting with and connecting to women from across the province of Ontario, as we networked informally in a breakout room. And being able to answer questions which may help them discover their path to success, on their terms, as entrepreneurs.

It’s learning how a traumatic experience can inspire someone to be the change they want to see in the world, leading to creating multiple businesses, and philanthropic enterprises.

Today, I’m sharing my gratitude for the PARO Centre For Women's Enterprise who organized and hosted an excellent virtual International Women's Day (IWD) event on March 8, 2023.

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from: Kathleen Sawdo, Dawn Condon, Maria Carolina Ojeda, Emily Shandruk, Devarati Sammon, and Vanessa Jass.

Random acts of kindness pair well with Embracing Equity. For example Melanie Harrington of Dahlia May Flowers partnered with Janie Harrison, Century 21, to drop off small spring plants to celebrate International Women’s Day at businesses in the Quinte area. Angela Wildish, of Vivacious, made a point of inviting me to take one home.

The picture accompanying this post shows three vibrant tulips in bloom a few days after I brought them home. A week later, they’re still making me smile.

I'd love to hear about your experiences with random acts of kindness and embracing equity. Find me on social media to share your answers.