mSummit Conference in Vancouver is Reinventing “Mom”

Posted on November 14, 2013

Founded by moms for working moms, Reinventing M Network hosted the third annual mSummit conference, featuring insightful career, financial and lifestyle workshops throughout the day. Designed to help mothers create meaningful connections and learn from experts, the conference encourages the reinvention of mom and what it means to be a successful mompreneur.

Many women go through the gut wrenching process of figuring out “what to do with the rest of their lives”, unsure of how to balance their passion for a family and a career. Everyone wants financial freedom and no one wants to compromise themselves or their families. But a lot has changed in the last 10 years, with the average age of becoming a mom jumping from 26.5 years old to 29 years old between 1983 and 2012. mSummit aims to bridge the gap of compromise between of family and career by bringing the community to grow and learn together.

mSummit took place on November 16, 2013 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC and brought together over a thousand moms.

Check out my key takeaways from the sessions I attended:

With over 22 sessions, I knew I needed to organize my day and choose which session I will attend and which I’d have to miss beforehand! I put together my own cheat sheet with Twitter usernames, company names and session descriptions below.

Lifestyle –
Family / Fitness / Life

mCareer –
Advance your Career

Mom Inc Movement – Entrepreneurial

Seymour Room

Salon E

Salon F

7:00 – 8:45 Breakfast Keynote: 4 Stories of Connecting Mentors and Innovators

  • Tamara Taggart @tamarataggart
  • Jill Earthy @jearthy
  • Sander Gerber @NEXTMktg
  • Meghan Simington @coquitlammommy

9:00 – 9:45

Lucas Mattellio @leveluplivingLevel Up Living

Speak up like an expert (3 steps to speak with CEO confidence)

Does the thought of speaking in front of a room full of people make you nervous? Would you like to speak with more confidence? The fear of public speaking is the most common fear but people that speak with confidence are viewed as leaders, get more opportunities, and instantly gain respect from your peers. When you’re able to speak with confidence, it feels amazing as you become empowered to take opportunities that may have been passed up because the nerves were overwhelming. I would like to share my secrets so that you can apply them to your life and feel how amazing it feels to communicate with confidence.

Cathy Kuzel @ConnectedWomanThe Connected Woman Association

Insights for networking with intention

Networking plays a significant role in everyone’s lives. Looking for an Angel Investor, a new ski buddy or the next best shoe sale? Your network of friends, business associates and contacts are where you’ll find it. Cathy Kuzel will share her techniques to navigate a room, create connections and make a timely exit, including:

Top 3 Networking Mistakes (and how we can avoid them)
4 Elements to a great introduction
5 Tips on how to achieve maximum benefits while attending ANY function

Johnathan Christian @jdgemBoscoAnthony @bsocoanthony

Matt Astifan @mattastifan

Social media panel: Marketing your business with the latest tools and insights

Social Media has become a must have for every business owner and resume skill that applicants need to have.
The question is what do you need to know to stay cutting edge in the business world.

10:00 – 10:45

Lynn Oucharek @lynnoucharekO Vision Consulting

Awakening your Creative Ninja (Career and Life)

Ever wondered how some women seem to effortlessly create mountains of calm, amazing ideas and actions no matter what they touch, while the rest of us struggle to produce just one solution or clear stream of action? Join us for this fun, interactive and energizing session where we’ll look at the practical skills all clever ninja moms need to produce great work, no matter what their passions or goals.

Linda Chu @OutOfChaosOut of Chaos

Organization tools to improve productivity

Loosing the battle against paper and clutter at work and at home? If your productivity is measured by your capacity to produce, what happens to your efficiency when the volume of your work increases?   Linda encourages people to “Keep Everything… provided they have the space and they can find things”.

Laura Furtado @chicaboomroomChic-A-Boom Room

Building a franchise or licensee business model

Building your Community and Duplication

The differences and challenges between licensees and franchises. Tips to take into consideration before taking the plunge. Discuss the importance of business structure and operations in order to achieve results. Creative tips to build your community.

11:00 – 11:45

Dr. Sukhi MukerWellness Doctor and Author

Simple secrets successful mompreneur’s know to overcome stress, overwhelm and prevent burnout

Constantly juggling the act of trying to sustain a successful business while ensuring your family is healthy, happy and thriving? Feel like things are going well and then work and life collide with stress and burnout? Get practical tools and takeaways that you can use to improve your effectiveness (and your enjoyment) personally and professionally, starting right away.

Shannon Ward @shanispretiredHow to sell like a girl Emily Chow @emilyschowChow Communications

Make your sales skyrocket with a viral marketing campaign

Work smarter so that you can build a business where clients comes to you. Learn how to strategically modify the way you plan – and execute on – marketing campaigns that appeal to your Ideal Client AND to Google.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Keynote with Arlene Dickinson @ArleneDickinson1:15 – 1:45 Book signing with Arlene Dickinson @ArleneDickinson

1:45 – 2:30 Panel on Funding your entrepreneurial dreams

  • Joanna of Knix Wear @knixwear
  • Jill Earthy of CYBA @jearthy

1:45 – 2:30

Desiree Cluff @rockababyguruRock a Baby

I can’t get my kids to sleep! Is there an app for that?

Do you ever feel like your doing everything wrong, just looking at your spouse makes you want to scream! You swore you’d never be “that parent”, why can everyone else do it and you can’t. No more dreaded mornings of going to work and staring blankly at your computer screen.

Carrie Gallant @GallantLeaderGallant Solutions Inc.

Feminine Advocacy: How to ask for and get the career you want

Carrie Gallant empowers women entrepreneurs and professionals to be Gallant Leaders by mastering their personal and business leadership and uplifting their earning power. If you’ve struggled with claiming your worth, asking for what you want because you don’t know what to say, or how to say it, Carrie can help you.

Allison Braun @AllisonBraunBusiness Planning: Boost your Business Libido

3 Keys To Heatin’ Things Up and Creating {hot} Profit In Your Business. Many Business Owners are struggling with matching the passion they have for their businesses with the desire they have to make their ‘dream’ financially viable. Allison Braun brings together ownership of both passion and desire, with a 10+ year track record of successful business growth.

2:45 – 3:30

Lesley Stedmon @sexcoachlesleySex after the baby: Redefining intimacy for ourselves and our relationships Christine McLeod @impactresultsImpact People Practices

Blueprint for Growth: Management and leadership workshop

What the best managers know about the future of work and sustainable high performance. The workplace as we know it, management and leadership as we know it, the definition of work as we know it… all are undergoing a resounding transformation right before our eyes. We have reached a crisis-level in workplaces across Canada. It’s time to re-invent the workplace.

PR Panel: Connecting businesses, brands and writers (Traditional and Bloggers)MiYoung Lee @MiYoungLeeCBC

Raj Thandi @PinkChai

Andrea Vance @wcfmag

Kerry Sauriol @CrunchyCarpets


3:45 – 4:30

Blogging Panel: Secrets behind starting viral blogs and finding your voiceRebecca Bollwitt @Miss604

Kerry Sauriol @CrunchyCarpets

Melissa Carr @meliss604

Dai Manuel @daimanuel

Marilyn Belsham @alotofloves


Sandy Gerber @SandyGerberNEXT Marketing @NEXTMktg

Packaging Your Business With Distinction

With her presentation she will share with us the specific reasons it is essential to not only define WHY and HOW you are different in your marketing messaging, but most importantly show us how to “package” that distinction to be memorable and create BRAND CHATTER™.

Janice Croze @janicecroze5 Minutes for Mom @5minutesformom

Monetize your blog, how bloggers really make money

It is happening all over the continent – bloggers are becoming successful entrepreneurs, quitting their day jobs, and even becoming the new celebrities companies hire to represent brands. But how do they do it? How are bloggers really making money and finding success online?

4:30 – 6:00 Nicole Bridger Fashion Show @nicolebridger with wine sponsored by Beringer Estates @beringervyds

What Others Are Saying

  1. @tokyoricky November 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    RT @salinasiu: Live tweeting at #mSummit? I’ve got most of the speaker twitter handles listed here for easy reference:…

  2. @olimaughan November 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    RT @salinasiu: Live tweeting at #mSummit? I’ve got most of the speaker twitter handles listed here for easy reference

Share your thoughts

%d bloggers like this: