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TED Talks-Style Women’s Series Kicks Off in Nanaimo, October 24


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PowHERhouse Performance Strategies is pleased to announce PowHERtalks! “Success boils down to how well you communicate with others, whether it’s two people or 200,” said PowHERhouse CEO Charlene SanJenko. “And it’s not only what is said, but how it’s said.  PowHERtalks offers a platform and process that helps women develop a talk, practice it, and secure the support they need to confidently and concisely deliver it.  Join us for one of our upcoming six events between October 2015 and May 2016.”

The PowHERtalks Speaker Series aims to connect 1,000+ women in six communities across Canada through an afternoon of creativity, confidence-building, inspiration and learning.  Practice workshops will be held in each community prior to the speaking event and include the opportunity to create a 1-minute professional video (Nanaimo September 12th, Sechelt October 3rd – future dates to be announced).

“One of the greatest gifts women can give themselves is the opportunity to master public speaking, practice presentation skills and confidently ask for what they need in order to achieve their personal goals,” said SanJenko, a successful entrepreneur and Town Councillor for Gibsons, BC. “We believe women’s success in business situations can be hindered by the way they communicate to upper management, colleagues, and clients. That’s why we’re determined to help women with a mission to become more PowHERful speakers.”


The PowHERtalks Speaker Series, will be held as follows:

  • Nanaimo, October 24th: Vancouver Island Conference Centre
  • Sechelt, November 14th: Chatelech Secondary School Theatre
  • Vancouver, January 30th: Imperial Vancouver
  • Squamish and/or Victoria early Spring 2016 tba
  • Calgary & Toronto: late Spring 2016 tba;
  • PowHERpod rural community groups encourage virtual connection

The long-term vision is for an annual PowHERtalks series (six different Canadian communities each year) to promote PowHERcamps, a two-day lifestyle + leadership festival for women, with a goal of hosting one camp in Western Canada and one in Eastern Canada each year within the next five years.

Angie Barnard, Charlene SanJenko, Denise Tacon

About PowHERhouse

About PowHERtalks

Event Kickoff:  PowHERtalks Nanaimo

Founder and CEO, Charlene SanJenko, PowHERtalks Nanaimo Event Host, Angie Barnard, of the Nanaimo Network Hub and Denise Tacon, Vancouver Island Conference Centre are collaborating on the October 24th kick-off event in Nanaimo.

Nanaimo PowHERtalks will feature 18 speakers – 9 invited and 9 who are selected from submitted applications – who will speak for 9 minutes each.  Invited speakers feature:  Louise Mandell, VIU Chancellor; Josie Osborne, Mayor of Tofino; Diane Bernard, Seaflora Wild Organic Seaweed Skincare; Kerry Slavens, Douglas Magazine; Jody Jackson, LGPA Women’s Golf & Performance Coach;  Carli Travers, new author and mother of 19 orphaned children in Uganda; Steely Springham, Figure Athlete & Confidence Coach; Jamie Munro, Whisper Media; and Sandy Kay, Artist & Creative Facilitator.


Event Information

To purchase tickets or register for a workshop, visit

Enjoy a special PowHERpack opportunity and make a weekend of it!

Harbour Air, PowHERtalks Transportation Partner, is pleased to offer attendees of the PowHERtalks a special discount off scheduled flights to and from Nanaimo.*   Hotel accommodation discounts are also available.  Please contact us for details.


The PowHERtalks Process

Much like committing to a 5k or 10k run, PowHERtalks encourages women to set a goal and provides a pathway to ‘train’ for it with a simple framework of tools, support, mentoring, motivation and inspiration – everything needed in order to develop a PowHERtalk.

At most speakers’ events, an audience member is a Receiver – they receive education, information and inspiration.  At PowHERtalks each participant is a Player.  A speaker shares her mission along with her “ask” – what she needs at this time to move her mission forward.   This could be a referral or an introduction, mentoring or guidance, capital or access to an opportunity.

As a PowHERtalks audience member, each women’s role is to listen deeply and then consider how they might be able to help achieve a PowHERplay – a strong, competitive boost that transpires by pulling together our collective energy, wisdom and connections.​  “Moving women forward takes courage and action.  This is an opportunity to go beyond inspiration and become a true catalyst (however big or small) for positive change,” SanJenko exclaims.


Contact Information

For further information, 604.741.7985 or

Sponsorship opportunities available.


*Subject to availability, attendees will receive 20% discount on our regular fares for confirmed travel to/from Nanaimo between October 23 and 26, 2015.  Please note that all rates are subject to tax and fees.  This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions or be paid by Airbucks or TurboBucks.  In order to receive this special discounted rate, guests may contact the Harbour Air Reservation Department directly by phone at 1.800.665.0212 or book at terminals or online using the promotional code PowHER10-15. Please be advised that guests will need to provide proof to the event (proof of registration) upon check-in.  All schedules and locations information can be accessed through their website at .


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