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International Women’s Day Breakfast Panel : A Personal Journey

We often think of how we can collectively be responsible for equality but have we thought about how we could be personally responsible for our own thoughts and actions in bringing about change?

Our panel members have done both! We are excited to welcome our panel who has been there and who is doing everything they can to create an equal world.

Join us Wednesday, March 4 from 7:30-9:30 am as we discuss the International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual

YW Hub • 1715 17 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, T2G 5J1

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Welcome to our IWD Panel:

Teyden Haycroft – Director Operations & Marketing, The ACE Class Community + RISE Conference

Teyden Haycroft makes big plans and dispenses big hugs. A self-confessed type A who leads with the heart of hippie, Teyden is relentlessly driven to help women go deep, rise higher and create greater impact in the world. Whether it’s through her businesses, mentorships or driving the vision and strategy of the ACE community, Teyden continues to find new ways to support and empower those who would dream big.

Kim Hayden – Ambassador, The Know Book & Tribe, Calgary

From celebrity interviews, event emcee, to show host, finding the “why” of those who inspire and sharing with others is a passion of Kim Hayden. From cosmetologist to award-winning real estate agent and public speaker, Kim Hayden had a truly unique entrepreneurial journey that has taken her through many highs and lows. That experience has positioned her as the go-to gal for making connections and seeing opportunities where others do not. The one key word that defines her experience is resilience. Kim says she has never met a stranger, as all become friends!

Christa Hiebert – President, Association of Administrative Professionals – Calgary Chapter

By day, Christa Hiebert is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager at Alaris Royalty Corp. Alaris Royalty. By night, or any other spare time, she is the Co-Founder of NX Brands, a company founded by her Father and brought to life by her and her Sister. And, if that wasn’t enough, since 2012 Christa has been a dedicated volunteer, working numerous hours with the Association of Administrative Professionals, Calgary Branch. As President of the Calgary Branch she is passionate about finding the common thread of administrative flair and talent, woven through every facet of business and industry. The group exists to empower, inspire, connect and educate administrative professionals within our city.

Welcome to our Panel Facilitator:

Kim Smith – Senior Manager, Community Partnerships Business & Agriculture, ATB Financial

Kim joined ATB Financial as Senior Manager, Community Partnerships for Business & Agriculture in 2017. Prior to ATB, Kim was the moderator and host of Capital Ideas at Postmedia, where she regularly interviewed some of the most innovative and insightful entrepreneurs in and around Calgary and shared their inspiring stories of struggle, achievement and success in business. She is thrilled to be able to bring those insights and experiences into her role with ATB to continue supporting entrepreneurs across the province.


An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. Let’s all be #EachforEqual.

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This International Women’s Day conversation is a presentation of Candy Event Consulting and the Candy in the Community initiative.


*Our values at Candy Event Consulting are centred around three main concepts and we aspire to live them out as a team and with our clients, partners, and community friends.

The 3 Candy Culture Commitments

WE’RE BRILLIANT We work to shine bright as a beacon to those who are navigating their way through the challenges they face as they plan and promote events for their businesses, organizations, or groups. As we encourage our clients to truly see their potential through key strategy sessions, and empower them to build capacity, they achieve autonomy and realize a greater level of success.

WE’RE PLAYFUL Even though we may have been accused of saying event planning is FUN we truly believe providing excellent experiences for our clients while allowing room for playful expression from our team is an important part of the Candy experience. We start each project with a foundation of excellence, professionalism, and hard work and work just as hard to maintain a playful approach.

WE’RE WISE We are solution-finders, problem-solvers, and risk-takers. There is no teacher like hands on experience and all our experiences feed into the collective wisdom that we can bring to each new challenge. The culture of the Candy Team is grounded in the time tested, practical knowledge, and keen decision-making skills of each team member.