The Partners for International Women’s Day have been organizing annual sold-out “Ignite. Empower. Innovate.” events in honour of International Women’s Day since 2013.

On March 7th, 2019, we invite you to the Hanlon Convention Centre for an evening of celebration featuring a presentation by our esteemed guest speaker: renowned author and teacher, Professor Maja.

March 7th, 2019 

4:00pm – 9:00pm
at the Hanlon Convention Centre


Screw the Apologies: Learn to lead with confidence with Professor Maja

Professor Maja is a sociologist, author, and regular guest expert on CTV’s The Social. She is an apology-hater, confidence-builder and recovering make-up addict. She also hates the word humble.

To deal with the lack of confidence, abundance of perfectionism, and incessant apologies she witnessed daily, Prof. Maja authored two books (“Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing…and other career mistakes women make” and “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing, THE WORKBOOK”.)

Professor Maja runs a leadership organization that trains women to improve their confidence, communication, and mindset. Maja also speaks to women of all ages on topics such as: confidence, self-promotion, perfectionism, mindset, time-management, and body positivity.

Professor Maja hold a PhD in sociology from McMaster University where she also teaches. Recently, Maja was nominated for the YWCA’s 2017 Woman of Distinction Award, in the category of Education and Mentorship for her commitment to the development of young women.

Her third book dealing with perfectionism is due in 2019. Her audiobook, a best-of compilation of her two books was released on Audible and iTunes in September 2018.

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4:00pm Doors open & Vendor Marketplace open

6:00pm Dinner & Announcements

7:30pm Keynote Speaker

8:45pm Closing Remarks & Vendor Marketplace

From previous attendees of Ignite.Empower.Innovate.

An overall great event, great location, great networking. Looking forward to next year already!”

“Love the warm welcoming, inclusive and positive atmosphere as we share knowledge and experience.”

“[The] guest speakers provided so much inspiration. The direction for future women leaders in our community is taken seriously and [I] look forward to continuing to be a part of the on-going process/seminars/mentoring.”

Event Sponsors

We invite you to consider aligning your organization with this exciting regional event through unique sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested providing sponsorship or purchasing tickets for youth who could not otherwise attend please get in touch.


Miller Thomson


Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Innovation Guelph
YMCA - YWCA of Guelph

Event Partners

Meridian Credit Union
Company of Women
Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Guelph Chamber of Commerce
PIN - The People and Information Network
YMCA - YWCA of Guelph
The Rhyze Project
Innovation Guelph
Business Centre Guelph Wellington