Danielle Laporte has redesigned goal setting - this year we incorporated her Desire Map book into our realm of personal growth; We focused, a great deal, on how we want to feel, and letting those feelings be our guide for decision making and ultimately achieving our goals. We met once a month to provide support to anyone in Calgary working on the Desire Map content. This was open to all Desire Mappers, whether they were Womentum members or not.
On a blustery April day in Calgary, we assembled members and their guests for a day filled with learning and personal growth.
The day began with an heart opening Yoga session, led the multi-talented Derek MacDonald, which included invigorating postures and amazing breathing techniques to help us achieve presence for the rest of our day.
We then had a nice light breakfast before our 4 hour session with the remarkable, Tara Taylor, who educated us about feelers, knowers, hearers and seers ( sound intriguing? It was very eye-opening for all of us). She then led us through understanding ego vs. intuition. When asked for feedback, a good portion of our attendees said that her time with us was too short! (That is a great sign of a captivating speaker!) A healthy lunch was served between Tara's segments.
We had hoped to get outside during our break, but the weather was not cooperative! We spent time between Tara and our nutrition seminar to visit, journal and reflect.
Our group was very fortunate to have Twisted Basil cater a tantalizing dinner for us. They even educated us, before our meal, about a healthy eating lifestyle. To say we were well-informed and well-fed would be an understatement!
Our evening was topped off with a glass of wine and a complimentary Arbonne facial or pedicure; generously donated by our member, Trish.
It was a marvelous day, indeed.
Thank you to all that helped organize this very special day!
2nd Annual Film Screening
(open event to members and the public)
We hosted our annual film screening on February 10, 2013.
Last year we screened "Miss Representation" followed by a panel discussion and call to action. We were fortunate enough to have raised enough money from this event to sponsor a participant of G.L.O.W.
This year's film was "Finding Kind" followed by a panel discussion and call to action. Our panel was comprised of Judi Hadden - Principal of Calgary Girls School, Dana Kerford of GirlPower, Rebecca & Tracy - Tween participant of GirlPower and her mom, as well as our own, Lana Wright. This year, a portion of the proceeds will be given as a donation to the Kids' Help Phone.
Our audience was tremendous and offered many valuable insights and asked very important questions about what we can do to support our girls.
The panel was followed by a 25 minute mini "GirlPower" session, let by Dana Kerford.
Thank you to every one who attended! A very special thanks to second year attendees. We appreciate your support!
For anyone interested in bringing "Finding Kind" back to Calgary for your organization or school, visit Indie Flix site for Finding Kind and get in touch with Erin Hancock.
Watch the trailer here
1st Annual Business/Passion Networking Event
(closed event - open to members and their invited guests)
Theodore Roosevelt said "People don't care what you know until they know that you care."
sentiment is very true, and has been proven time again within our
Womentum groups. Although we are not a business networking group, we
have seen organic business relationships formed among our members as
they grow to trust and care deeply for one another.
January 23, 2013, our membership was invited to deliver their elevator
speeches/pitch about their business, a passion or project they want us
to know about and desire support in.
We had a fantastic turn-out with 15 members and 4 guests. Everyone conquered their fears and stood up, told us all about their passion, whether it was career based or otherwise, and asked for specific support.
Because the Womentum environment is that which stems from support and collaboration, all speakers were given our full attention & applause. Mingling took place after the "elevator speech" portion of the evening, and valuable connections were made.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part and volunteered to make this event so memorable.
We had a fantastic turn out of members and non-members. All came with an open heart and mind.
It really was a life changing night for many of the participants, as we looked at what keeps us hovering around our potential. We discussed our "gremlins" and how to tame them, and were given tools to help us foster our potential.
Stay tuned for similar workshops!
Because of our ties to the community, Jaymor Group sponsored the attendance of the 2012 Power Within for our core members in Calgary and friends of Womentum in Calgary.
Thank you, Luca from Jaymor, for arranging these life altering days!
On April 15, 2012, we hosted a screening of the documentary "Miss Representation", by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, which originally premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.
The screening was followed with a discussion about what audience members could do to make a difference. It was incredible.
Participants also took home a resource bag with information on our panel and strategies to begin their journey on changing the way women are treated and viewed in our society.
Some proceeds from our event were donated to GLOW ( Girls Leading Others Wisely) while Panelist Meagan Broderick donated her services to them. An audience member also donated an unsolicited $500 to the GLOW program!
About the Film
*Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
*(description taken from www.missrepresentation.org)
View the TRAILER here
Are you living with strangers?
This thought provoking presentation was based on Jayson Krause's recently released book "52 People".
Jayson shared an inside look at his challenging year long social experiment in search of meaningful connection. He proved how meaningful connection can take place in bathrooms, airports, taxis, kareoke bars, during dance class, on water slides, business meetings, during a cold-call and while walking on fire.
Participants left this timely and inspiring presentation possessing the 4 secrets to a meaningful LIFE. They further understood how to reach out to the people in their lives, truly create a powerful network, and to go beneath the surface to create more powerful relationships.
Afterwards, guests had an opportunity to meet Jayson, buy a book and have it autographed.
If you missed this life altering event, please reference Jayson's website to find out when and where he'll be speaking next.
(Photo : Lana Wright & Jayson Krause)
We had another well attended info session on Tuesday, January 3rd.
It was fantastic and we had one of our future keynote speakers in attendance so he could witness what we are doing. We'll be meeting with him during the 2nd week of January to talk about his contribution to our spring sessions.
Also in attendance was the brilliant mind behind a young women's program that offers something similar to Womentum, for a younger audience. We are beyond thrilled at the prospect of joining forces with them to create a mutual resource alliance!
As a result of our most recent info session, we have another group starting on January 12th.
We had 2 successful info nights, one on September 27th and the other on October 13th.
The feedback was great and we have several people ready to form our next Calgary group(s).
We aren't planning on having another info night until the new year, but if you are anxious to learn more or join our fantastic group, please contact us asap!
Because of our ties to the community, Jaymor Group sponsored the attendance of the 2011 Power of Women for our core members in Calgary and friends of Womentum in Vancouver.
Thank you, Luca from Jaymor, for arranging these life altering days!
On July 12th, 2011, Olympians Kyle Shewfelt and Jayson Krause facilitated The Superhero Summit for our current members and guests. We had a quality group in attendance and even had a man (other than Kyle and Jayson) participate!
We were reminded that every individual has the ability to impact their community, reach their potential and express themselves in powerful ways. By combining over 20 years experience working in elite performance, Jayson Krause and Kyle Shewfelt delivered the Super Hero Strategy packed into a dynamic full day summit which was saw laughter, connection and even some tears.
DURING THIS 1 DAY SUMMIT WE:
Developed a powerful person mission and purposeful direction
Identified our unique super powers and how to use them
Learned how to develop your natural abilities to excel in life
Learned the keys to recharging and regaining focus
Learned the key habits of super hero excellence
Developed tools for elite performance that we can use anywhere
Learned to collaborate and lead with powerful peers
Developed skills to show up powerfully in times of pressure
Left with purpose, power and a plan of action!
This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that Jayson and Kyle afforded us. All who were present had an incredible day and experience.
"Personally, I had a most inspired experience. I (re)discovered the importance of nurturing myself, particularily in the face of spearheading Womentum. My Mission Statement from the summit is "Evolation" which is a combination of the words : Evolution and Elevation. By caring for myself, continuing to learn about myself and others, therefore evolving, I hope to continue my overall mission of elevating others. My Super Hero's name is Eva Heartfire." - Lana
You can learn more about Jayson and Kyle here:
On Wednesday, June 29th, we were fortunate enough to have Tammy from Real Talk come in and educate our guests about the art of a meaningful conversation. We had lots of laughs and got the opportunity to have a couple of real conversations with other members of the group.
One of our members, Amber, said that she could have listened to Tammy speak all night. Tammy really is fascinating and present - and a great speaker and friend to Womentum.
You can stay informed with what they are doing here until their website is fully launched.
Thanks Tammy, for such a wonderful night!
Our Calgary/Mastermind group has now had 2 meaningful get togethers. Our first night was to create a trusting bond and we even had our distance member, Sarah, in attendance via Skype.
Our 2nd meeting was facilitated by our member, Kristin, who led us in a listening excercise which also helped to bring our bond closer.
The summer will see more casual get togethers, and large group gathering including all Womentum members, before ramping up for monthly meetings starting in September.