We are women in our 50’s. This is mid-life, a time that brings many changes. Recently we have found that many of our female peers and friends find themselves suddenly kicked to the curb. These women, who have worked faithfully at companies for years, and worked their way up the corporate ladder, are now considered redundant. One former colleague told us that at her company, in the downsizing process, they eliminated 29 women, and one man.
Just at the age when they were beginning to consider the idea of retirement, these women are forced to start all over again. Most of the exit packages (if they were lucky enough to receive one) will not be enough to see them through.
Forbes is in the process of putting together a feature on 50 women in their 50’s who are and have created amazing new companies.
Perhaps rather than being “washed up” they are blazing a trail that will inspire generations of women behind them. This is a leap year. Maybe it’s time to make that big leap.
It will require courage. The courage to reinvent yourself. The courage to see this as a gift. The courage to know this is not an end, but an exciting new beginning. The courage to believe in yourself, because we believe in you. We see you, and we are waiting with breathless anticipation. Jump!
Jessica and Tracy
Meet our new ambassador
Alexis Dean is a leader and innovator in in the empowering women space. With previous experience as a teacher trainer and then a corporate trainer she recognized the opportunity and need to create unique experiences for women entrepreneurs. Two years ago she founded Dovetail. Dovetail is a community of women entrepreneurs who come together at curated experiences, (mostly in nature) to share their skills and to empower and lift each other up. We are honoured and grateful to have her as an ambassador and look forward to sharing more with you from the Dovetail community. Welcome Alexis!
On our channel
Our ambassador, Marilyn Barefoot, knows that age is no barrier to success. Her powerful brainstorming techniques open up parts of our brains we haven’t accessed since we were children. She inspires individuals and companies to look at every project as an opportunity to be original. Take a look at this video to see how she unlocks boundless creativity that exists in all of us.
What’s inspiring us
It takes courage to do hard things, new things; to push beyond our comfort zone. That’s why we often turn to those who have come before us for inspiration. Look no further. The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, this beautiful film features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary. A stunning true story that will have you spellbound.
Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo, co-winner of The Booker Prize in 2019, follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends, and lovers, across the country and through the years. This fabulous book teems with life and crackling energy. Most of the 12 narrators are women (one identifies as non- binary) and most are black. The novel is keenly sensitive to the struggles faced by women of colour through the ages. Each of the characters is rich enough to fill a whole book, but the author weaves their stories snugly into a vivid tapestry. We couldn’t put it down.
On the blog
In this blog, our ambassador, Marilyn Barefoot, share’s her definition of freedom and the value of chasing a lifestyle over a paycheque. Read more
Eat, drink & be(er) merry on Monday March 23rd from 6:30-9:00pm at the great new(ish) WOODHOUSE BREWPUB at College &Lansdowne.
They’ve been working with chef Jesse Fader (founder of the v.tasty Paris Paris & Superpoint Pizza) to put together an EPIC family-style BBQ. (Note: the team can make vegetarian friendly if needed). They’ve ALSO been working with brewmaster Vince to whip up a unique one-off cask for the dinner! Along with a great selection of his other unique-to-the-brewery masterpieces for you to enjoy with all that BBQ!
As always, they’re drinkin’ for a cause…donating $5 from every ticket to their charity of choice, The Canadian Women’s Foundation. As you can see, it’s on a MONDAY. Perect for people that work in the industry and often can’t make it out to weekend bevvies and Lady Beer Festivals. HOORAY!
Everyone is welcome at this event! Yep – Dudes too.
TAKE $5 OFF TICKETS BY USING EXCLUSIVE CODE CBPBBQ5OFF
For the first time ever, the Collective will be holding a partnered session at their gathering this April! Say ‘YES!’ and bring along a man in your life who will enjoy soaring with you on our day.
Bring your partner/dad/brother/son and let them share this sacred time with you in our process of business sharing, mindfulness and personal growth! There will only be 20 spots so sign up NOW!
This will be there most tight knit AND transformational gathering yet, so if you’re interested in joining them for this special event, click here.
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