SCWIST BROWN BAG
The Entrepreneurial Lifestyle for Women in STEM
Corporations are well positioned to promote gender equality and empower women in their workplaces, in their communities, and through their purchasing policies and practices. The sheer size and volume of corporate purchasing worldwide means that corporations have the potential to dramatically influence the way suppliers and supply chains operate. Each year, corporations spend trillions of dollars acquiring goods and services, yet purchases from women-owned businesses account for a mere one per cent of the total spend. By overlooking women-owned businesses, many corporations are missing an opportunity to expand their global markets, diversify their supply chains, and grow the economy, while simultaneously improving the lives of women and girls. Given the fact that entrepreneurs who work with large corporations increase their revenue by 250%, corporate procurement programs can be an ideal model for triple bottom line impact.
Through a storytelling format, Heather will share the first model of a procurement program that can possibly bring systematic change for women owned STEM based businesses. From our origin story to the future vision, we will highlight the collective model and how to use the collective to establish unique value through co-intelligence, collaboration and co-creation.
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Less than 1% of female founders achieve over a million dollars in annual revenue. Heather founded her first entrepreneurial venture and in less than 18 months, reached a million in revenue. This milestone enabled her to enjoy a smoother and more sustainable entrepreneurial journey. Heather attributes her success to her background of 20+ years working in professional sales and marketing with disruptive and innovative technologies. She gained a wealth of experience at AT&T, by successfully bringing a series of innovative technologies to market and driving sustainable revenue streams. She held several VP of sales and marketing roles for leading and start-up technology companies by her late 30’s. Then the entrepreneurial desire took hold, grew quickly and opened up a new career path, for years to come. Entrepreneurship gave her freedom to use her experience to address purposeful problems. One idea in particular grew near and dear. She had to do something about it.
From renting her first Church sanctuary where she spoke about women’s empowerment in 2011, to now, where she leads a community of premium women entrepreneurs in Canada, Heather is one of Canada’s leading warriors for women’s advancement, through entrepreneurship. Her mission is to create positive systemic outcomes between female entrepreneurs in STEM and large industry business partners. Today, less than 1% of corporate supply chains procure with female entrepreneurs. By creating unique go to market business models between female entrepreneurs in large industry partners, new models can expect to rapidly reduce systemic barriers for female entrepreneurs while accelerating innovation within large companies. To achieve this, she started Women on the Move Inc., Canada’s leading business accelerator for Female Founders, ready to scale. Over the past four years, Women on the Move has trained, coached and advised over 1,000 Female Founders. Out of her work at Women on the Move, Heather started the first global business initiative between female entrepreneurs and large mining companies, called Artemis Project.
Recently, The Business Professional Women’s Network (BPW Canada) and The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women recognized Women on the Move for their commitment to accelerate women’s start-ups, promote STEM industry procurement from Women led SMEs and to deliver on a vision to deliver positive systemic outcomes for 10,000 Canadian women on their STEM related, entrepreneurial path.
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