The “F” Factor: Fueling Womxn Founders

The pandemic has had a detrimental impact on womxn. Womxn entrepreneurs and business leaders, particularly those from marginalized communities, face significant challenges. We are uniting to reclaim lost ground and drive the future. Join us on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2pm EST as we launch International Womxn’s Week with the F-Factor – Fueling Womxn Founders.

Get ready for frank discussions on ‘F’ words that impact womxn entrepreneurs and business leaders fighting through the pandemic, demonstrating fierce resilience and scaling firms in a time of COVID-19. From fundraising to fearlessness, to pivoting fast, finding fellowship and fighting burnout, our leaders are ready to share honest insight, experiences and lessons learned. This authentic insight includes stories of epic fails and rebounds, re-defining the future, and charting a winding path to success in unprecedented times.

There’s no playbook for launching and growing a company during a global pandemic. Our roster of all-star local, national and global entrepreneurs might just be writing the first chapter. And it is available to you exclusively at the “F”-Factor.

If you are aspiring, pivoting or scaling, there is only one place to be on March 1 – with leading womxn founders and executives on our virtual IWW stage.

Our agenda includes:

Welcome from Co-MCs:

*Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh, Global Diversity & Belonging Lead, Shopify, Director, and Chair of the Female Founder and Womxn-Owned Business Sub-Committee, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

*Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

Opening presentation on the progress and outcomes achieved to-date against Invest Ottawa’s Womxn-Owned Business Strategy by Susan Richards, Co-Chair, and Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa & Bayview Yards

Panel discussion with womxn technology founders and business executives from Ottawa hosted by Michelle Younes, Director of Venture Development, Invest Ottawa.

Our amazing panellists include:

  • Andrea Winter – Vice President of People, Martello
  • Ashleigh Kennedy – Founder and CEO, Neurovine
  • Julia Slanina – Founder and CEO, Treehouse Medical
  • Thusha Agampodi – Head of Engineering, Tread

Keynote speaker: Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon, CEO, Founder Gym

The event is finished.


Mar 01 2021


21:00 - 23:30