Take a Seat – Change the World

by Irene Seiferling, BPW Member Always room for more women on boards of directors. Hundreds of board meetings are under way – right at this minute. The directors at these board meetings are making decisions that affect all of us: you, your family, friends and colleagues.  They are decisions about business, health, education, investing, policing, […]

President’s Message: Making a Difference

Advocacy is one of BPW Saskatoon’s Pillars. Our advocacy work is carried out at all levels of the organization and focuses on equal opportunities for all women, opposing violence in any form against girls and women and we work to educate and empower women in Canada. Below are some of the ways BPW Saskatoon is making a difference in Saskatoon.

More than just networking…

Once a year, at our AGM, we get together as members of Business and Professional Women of Saskatoon to reflect on the past year.  We get the opportunity to hear from the Board and all the BPW Committees as they provide a summary of their work during the year.  We also get to review and […]

KIVA Update from Tanzania

  Greetings from Tanzania! Thank you for supporting Suzana, a very hard working food vendor and the “Km-Garden Tazara” group. With the loan received, she increased her food inventory as a Mama-Lishe and replenished her food stall with more sacks of rice, wheat flour, baking powder, and other ingredients for making spicy liquid rice and […]

Have You Ever Been Desperate?

When I was in my last year of post-secondary school, I was living a lie. On the surface, I was the picture of academic success, but in reality, I was a financial wreck. I had just one term to go but I was out of money. Worse, I had credit cards to pay, and no […]

Member Appreciation Night at Red’s, Dec. 2016 Photos


More Photos from the Athena Awards, Nov.2016


President’s Message: Be Bold for Change

March 8, 2017, marks International Women’s Day and the theme for 2017 is “Be Bold for Change”. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for challenging many issues that women still face today despite the progress we have made. So how […]

Accessory to a Change; An Invitation to Shine

Sure, there were spectacular silent auction items, a sassy little photo booth, a bevy of delicious drinks, tantalizing food stations, a hilariously emceed fashion show and incredibly bejeweled women everywhere I looked at Accessory to a Change in its debut last year, however this sophisticated and classy event was so much more to me than a fantastic night out…

President’s Message: Advocacy, Action, and Accountability

Why is Business and Professional Women of Saskatoon more than just networking? How are we making a difference on a Local, National and International Level? On Saturday, January 21st, I was grateful to join approximately 1000 men and women who took part in the Women’s March – Saskatoon – one of thousands of Marches across […]

Bubbling with Confidence from Womentorship

If confidence could be bottled, it would bubble like champagne and its label would read “Womentorship.” I know this from watching women bubble with confidence after entering a mentorship relationship. Women who are part of the party have lots to celebrate and all are welcome to join in. They can be either a protégé or […]

How to Figure Out What You Really Want

It’s officially 2017. If you’re not raring to go, if you feel overwhelmed with everything you want to accomplish this year and aren’t sure where to start, if you know you want more for your life but don’t know how to proceed, then I have a solution for you: The Desire Map. The Desire Map is […]

President’s Message: Reflections and Projections

With the end of one year and the beginning of another it is a good time for us to reflect back on what BPW Saskatoon has seen and done in 2016 while looking towards our next steps in 2017. We saw the introduction of some new Board members who worked hard with Shelley Keyes (our […]

Athena Awards Photo Gallery – November 2016

President’s Message: Ending the Violence

A lot has happened since our last newsletter. We held a very successful ATHENA luncheon that recognized the accomplishments of some of our community’s most incredible women. Congratulations to all the nominees but especially to our ATHENA recipients Shawna Nelson and Uyen Huynh. Watch for blog posts on these amazing women. The emotions at the […]

Athena Lives Here: Celebrating our Shared Success

By BPW Member Jami Young   This is an exciting time for BPW Saskatoon as we prepare to come together on Tuesday for the ATHENA® Leadership Awards Luncheon in celebration of six incredible women who choose to brightly shine their lights in our community. In Roman mythology, the goddess Athena is revered for her courage, […]

Empowering Women Leaders: Essential For Leadership Success

I have a deep commitment to support women leaders in shaping the future and to bringing fresh perspectives to women’s leadership development. My colleague, Lillas Hatala and I, at Women in Leadership for Life, have been drawing on decades of research and experience as leadership development consultants and coaches to create programs for Empowering Women […]

Mayoralty Candidates Debate Women’s Issues at BPW Forum

Who is showcasing the issues of concern to women during this 2016 civic election campaign? There have been a number of forums at which the mayoralty candidates have spoken on many topics but it is only BPW Saskatoon that held the candidates to account on such issues as women on boards, the gender pay gap […]

Salesman, saleswoman or salesperson?

A few weeks ago, I was searching for a photo to accompany an earlier blog post. It didn’t surprise me, but it was a little disheartening to find that images of female real estate agents were hard to come by. Representation Finding concrete statistics on how many women are involved in commercial real estate is […]

And the Gold Medal in Sexism goes to….. the 2016 Rio Olympics

I have written a couple of blogs around the subject of Feminism for BPW before: Let’s Talk about the “F” Word which spoke to the negative connotations around the word Feminism. Not too long ago actresses in Hollywood were stating that they were not feminist. Thus began what I call an epidemic of Feminism being […]