Category: Women’s Leadership

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I can’t believe it has already been a year! Today was a big day not just for the studio, but also as I stepped into the position of Interim Executive Director of Innovation Central Society.

Live Work Communications will still be operating business as usual, but I am helping ICS bridge the gap as they find their next Executive Director. I could not do this without an incredible team(Chrystal & Katherine), cofounder (Mick) and studio partner (Bobbi). Also big thanks also goes to the forward thinking Board of ICS and our community partners such as David and Dan from Integris Credit Union.

There will be big news coming in the next few weeks and it will make more sense around why I have taken on this new position. But for now, cheers to 1255 4th Studio!

Happy 1st year Studio Birthday to us and the best studio partner, Bobbi Carpino Photography!#lovedowntownpg

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12065471_975349592503788_227014954419895987_nDue to the continued support of Women’s Enterprise Centre we were able to continue the community building & collaborative dialogue work at the BC Economic Forum yesterday in Vancouver. Also, through their support (together with Hawkair) approx 11 Northern regional representatives were sponsored to join the important day. Here’s a picture of the ‪#‎cityofpg‬ folks Bobbi Carpino, Lee Foulds and myself (Shauna).

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There were many things shared from the heart at the Catalyst for Growth event yesterday but one particular moment that has been etched in my mind is exactly why I love this community so much.

The moment was when someone shared her story behind why we need to intervene & support when we see young girls struggling with belonging in more boy dominated sports groups. You could see her holding back her emotion and tears as she spoke. As a facilitator standing up I could see the room physically lean into to her energy and vulnerability right at that moment as if to say, “we’ve got you, you’re safe!” 

We were never meant to do this alone.

So proud of the capacity we continue to build in the ‪#‎cityofpg‬ to have real conversations that matter and allow space for the collective wisdom that inspires change in our community(and beyond) to surface!


I was also able to share and thank a big champion of mine & show the ripple effect of when you ‪#‎beherchampion‬ what it can mean to not just me but the community, province and country. Thank you Albert Koehler! (He was the one that nudged me to Chamber networking events when I said I was uncomfortable and not ready to go)

Here is a radio clip of the event from CBC Daybreak North – Thank you to Alison Hoskins from Integris Credit Union, Amanda Fenton (my wonderful co-facilitator) and Sarah from Northern Development Initiative Trust. Definitely take the time to listen in here.

BIG HUGE shout out to Women’s Enterprise Centre for always making sure Prince George is on your radar. Thank you for bringing Catalyst for Growth into our community. This is just the beginning…

PS. Thank you to Shirley Bond for ensuring that BC Government supported this project in all 4 communities, Integris Credit Union to being leaders around collaborative conversations and saying yes to sponsoring Catalyst in PG and Vitality Laser and Skin for sponsoring us too!


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Thanks to CKPG for featuring this on last night’s news. Check out the video here:

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We are very excited to announce that Shauna Harper from Live Work Communications will be on Premier’s Women’s Economic Council. The news was just released today at 2pm by the Office of the Premier. As a business owner of a digital marketing company in Northern BC with a passion for cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the Northern region, Shauna will be joining women leaders from all over the province.

Read the official news release here: 

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Whether you are already a strong leader or you are still working on your leadership voice, what I know to be true about leadership… and most things in life… is that you never stop learning.

This is why I am so excited that Women’s Enterprise Centre is coming up to Prince George on May 11, 2013 to lead:

Stepping Up – Uncover Your True Leadership Potential

I remember last year hearing MaryAnn Arcand in an open Q&A ask the question, “How can we create or support more women leaders in the North?” It was a fantastic question to table and I believe this workshop is just the beginning of opening up that conversation.

This is not your typical workshop.

Women’s Enterprise Centre style learning doesn’t teach from a stage, but instead shares stories to help you reflect back into your life. Through this storytelling format, the other attendees and facilitator, Dawn McCooey from Victoria, we walk together in a sisterhood-style growth where we pull each other up as we learn what makes us tick as women.

Through self-introspection this workshop brings you through:

  • · What are the strengths and weaknesses of your communication style
  • · How do you manage change, transition and transformation in your life
  • · What are your core values and how do they show up when you’re leading
  • · Where to find the courage and support

There is no doubt that there are strong female leaders already in Prince George. To list just a few:

Janine North (NDIT), Heather Oland (IPG), Jennifer Brandle-McCall (Chamber), Susan Stearns (Community Futures), Shari Green (Mayor of PG), MaryAnne Arcand (Forestry Carbon Corp), Cathy Ulrich (Northern Health), Jessica Aldred (Spirit of the North), Shirley Bond (Liberal MLA), Wendy Young (Community Arts Council), Ranjit Gill (Railway Forestry Museum), Tracy McCall (Freepress), Tracy Calogheros (Exploration Place), Alex Goseltine (Northern BC Real Estate Board)… and probably some more that I am missing!

However, the growth of the north is going to take even more leaders.

Without talking to each other, we are unable to support one another and more importantly, get insight on how we operate as individuals so that we can lead with confidence and courage.

Lee Foulds Andrews has led the partnership with WEC and together they are committed to bringing this to Prince George… no matter what. In our conversation yesterday we talked about how our city is a “last minute city” to buy tickets… Because of it, often programs like this are cancelled.

Don’t let this happen.

Get your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, co-workers, teachers, coaches and peers – and let’s build a resiliency in northern women by starting with ourselves. Buy your ticket today.

Leaders come in all forms: the loud and publicly visible, to those who watch and lead in their own special way, to the teachers, coaches, and all of those that hold the hands of our children to make them feel safe.

No matter which one describes you… as long as you are a woman looking to make a difference in the North, we want you to join us.

Take a moment for yourself and awaken the leader inside of you by investing 3 hours to join us on Saturday morning on May 11, 2013.


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