BPW London at 75

Conversations With Club Members and Special Guests

BPW London's Speaker Series: 2020 - 2021

Enjoy a conversation with our speakers that will feature their career journeys and the challenges and peaks of achievements they experienced on that journey.

Find out why our members belong to BPW and the activities and issues that keep them fighting for women in their community, their province, their country and around the world.

Speaker Series' Sponsors 

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BPW London's Speakers Series will be virtual, until further notice, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, the third Tuesday of the month.

September 15, 2020 - Career Path/Career Choices
Senator Gwen Boniface

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Senator Gwen Boniface will discuss her career choices of a policewoman, lawyer and former Commissioner of the OPP amongst others and why she made them: her takeaways to help other women make their decisions in their career path.

Speaker Series Sponsor: The evening was sponsored by BPW London Immediate Past-President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Goldhar & Associates Ltd.

Click here to view the event invite and details.

October 20, 2020 - Travel, a New Business & COVID-19
Kim McDougall, The Travel Agent Next Door

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Kim McDougall joined BPW at the start of 2019 and jumped in with both feet: she served as Credentials Chair for the 74th BPW Ontario Virtual Conference/AGM held September 2020.

Kim launched a new business, Kimberly McDougall.The Travel Agent Next Door, in June 2019 just nine months before COVID-19 led to worldwide travel restrictions for tourists. Find out what plans Kim has for her business and how she coped with something totally beyond her control or planning that seriously affected her business model.

Speaker Series Sponsor: Kimberly McDougall.The Travel Agent Next Door was also the sponsor for the month.

November 17, 2020 - Remaking Your Business & COVID-19
Winn Barnett, Mary Kay Cosmetics

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Winn Barnett is an Independent Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics. A BPW London member for over 10 years, Winn has served on the executive for most of those years and currently is taking a well-deserved break from club management.

Winn is passionate about helping women look their best: hear her story of how she reinvented her successful business when COVID changed the way she presented her products. She will also include some makeup tips for virtual meetings.

The raffle prize was a Mary Kay Satin Hands Pampering Kit donated by Winn Barnett.

December 15, 2020 - Jingle Bells, Holiday Spells

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  • Once again this year BPW London supported the London Basket Brigade. This year the Brigade requested cash donations as they are mainly donated gift cards to families to cut down on the handling of goods and face to face meetings. BPW London club and members donated close to $700 to the Brigade to help them reach their goal of serving 125 London families.

January 19, 2021 - #ProjectONroute to #ProjectMapleLeaf to #Project? Is International Next?
Kelly Tallon Franklin, Courage for Freedom

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January will feature BPW London member Kelly Franklin, the founder and Chief Executive Director of Courage for Freedom. Since joining BPW in 2018, we have watched Kelly grow her connections around the world all the while fighting fearlessly for her "girls". In 2019, she was appointed the Chair of BPW International's Human Trafficking Task Force and has been the chair of BPW Canada's Human Trafficking Ad-Hoc Committee since 2018.

Listen to the story of her #ProjectONroute, #ProjectMapleLeaf and find out what is next. We are proud to have her as one of our sisters.

Speaker Series Sponsor: January's sponsor was Kathryn Munn, Munn Conflict Resolution Services and who donated the raffle prize: a personalized signed hardcover copy of the most recent book by London author Emma Donoghue, The Pull of the Stars, longlisted for the Giller prize in 2020.

February 16, 2021 - Investing as an Entrepreneur
Lisa Conley, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

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Lisa Conley is entering her second year as a BPW London member and became our Personal Development Chair in May 2020. Lisa is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones.

With a previous career in investment banking, Lisa has the skills and knowledge to help women and families reach their financial goals. Explore the ways that investing can work for you personally or for your business. The evening will also include the Annual BPW International Candle Lighting Ceremony honouring BPW's historical memories, our accomplishments and celebrate today’s achievements.

Raffle prize donated by BPW London member, Laura Noble:  Two $25 M & M Food Market Gift Cards.

March 16, 2021 - Dealing with Difficult People
Kathryn Munn, Munn Conflict Resolution Services

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Kathryn Munn, Munn Conflict Resolution Services, has been a BPW London member for over 20 years. After many years rest, she returned to the BPW London board in 2019 as our International Chair.

Kathryn always introduces herself asking if you have conflict in your life - as professional women we all always answer "yes". Do you know any difficult people?  In your work or personal life?  Join us to get some practical tips about how to deal with difficult people.

Through, Munn Conflict Resolution Services, Kathryn offers courses in mediation and other topics related to conflict resolution.

Speaker Series Sponsor: March's sponsor was This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Financial Advisor, Edward Jones. Lisa donated the raffle prize, 25 London Downtown Dollars.

April 20, 2021 - Litigation & Legal/Resolutions
Kelsy Gill, 
Civil Litigation Lawyer

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Kelsy Gill a Young BPW member, Kelsy over her fairly short time with the BPW London club, has chaired an active Resolutions/By-Laws Committee.

Now also as our President, she will tell the story of her law career and how it has helped her be active not only in BPW but also in the community. As always, our April event will feature the presentation of upcoming provincial resolutions developed by BPW clubs across Ontario.

The raffle prize was donated by Kelsy Gill.

May 18, 2021 - Are You Aware? - Internet Child Exploitation
Charlene Doak-Gebauer, Internet Sense First

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Charlene Doak-Gebauer, another new member of BPW London (joined in 2019), is BPW London's connection to the foremost expert in the field of internet child exploitation.

Charlene is Founder and Chair of the Canadian Federal charity Internet Sense First, Founder and Chair of the AICET Council (Anti Internet Child Exploitation Team). She is also an author, a speaker and even a playwright. Her events educating health care workers, teachers, social agencies, enforcement agencies and ordinary people are always well attended. Listen to see if you are unwittingly enabling internet child exploiters and learn how to protect your children and grandchildren from them.

The raffle prize, a $50 Amazon gift card, was donated by Doris Hall, BPW London Membership Chair.

June 15, 2021 - Chocolate Strawberry Fields Virtual Social Fundraiser

BPW lon Chocolate Strawberry Fields Forever

This year the event will be virtual. The annual Slosh Bucket will be LCBO gift card(s) and we are excited to be offering Chocolate Lave Cake and Strawberry Lemonade Kits to make and enjoy during the festivities! These will be delivered to your door or available for pickup. The evening will include some surprises and prizes. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by June 14, to receive the link to join the festivities.

Chocolate Lava Cake and Strawberry Lemonade Kits

  • $20 for non-alcoholic
  • $25 for alcoholic
  • Gluten-Free available
  • Delivery and Pickup Available
  • Deadline to order and pay: June 13th - Noon

Buy a kit and join us for the making, eating and drinking virtual party on June 15. Buy two and enjoy one later in June as the non-fresh ingredients will keep for some time.

Your kit will include all ingredients and items necessary for both the cake and the drink, except for the cake dishes (oven-safe 4 - 6 small glass bowls or ramekins or mason jars can be used), optional vanilla for the cake and cutlery – yes, we plan on eating the cake at the party.

Order your kits by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline: June 13th. Ordering early would be appreciated.

Include the following in your order:

Slosh Bucket Tickets and Donations

Please donate the cost of your summer libation to the bucket and also purchase tickets to win the bucket (LCBO gift cards) at 3 tickets for $10 or 10 tickets for $20.

E-transfer donations or purchase slosh bucket raffle tickets to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline: June 14. Indicate donation or a ticket purchase or amounts of both in the message line of the e-transfer.

Questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Guest Policy

Guests are welcome to attend 3 Speaker Series' evenings at a special guest rate. However, thereafter the Guest fee is will be an increased rate per evening. Guests are encouraged to explore the additional benefits of membership beyond the special membership rates which apply to the majority of BPW events. Questions: Contact BPW London's Membership Chair.

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