Join us for IWD Guelph-Wellington 2020! This exciting dinner event features a marketplace of women entrepreneurs and guest speaker Pamela Barnum, a former undercover police officer and body language expert, presenting her keynote, “Trust Starts With You.”

As has been our practice in previous years, proceeds from this event go toward supporting women in Guelph-Wellington. The theme of this year’s event is “Keeping our Sisters Safe” and we are pleased to announce proceeds will be directed to the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph’s Safe Sisters program.

March 5, 2020 // 4:00pm – 9:00pm // at the Grand Guelph

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Our Story

The IWD Guelph-Wellington (IWDGW) partners have been organizing annual sold-out IWD Guelph-Wellington (formerly Ignite. Empower. Innovate.) events in honour of International Women’s Day since 2013.

100 years ago, working women were recognized with the first International Women’s Day. While women have certainly come a long way since then, there is still more to be done. Inherent vulnerabilities continue to affect the lives of women of all ages and stages. We believe all women deserve to feel safe within their environments. Inclusivity, safety, courage, truth and acceptance should be a given, not something one must fight for.

With this in mind, the committee for International Women’s Day is expanding our celebrations of women as a community this year to support and celebrate all women! Moving forward with this new focus, the event will be known as the IWDGW – International Women’s Day, Guelph-Wellington.


4:00pm Doors open & Vendor Marketplace // 6:00pm Dinner & Announcements // 7:30pm Keynote Speaker // 8:45pm Closing  & Vendor Marketplace

Our Speaker

Pamela Barnum

Pamela Barnum has spoken in front of audiences ranging from 50 to 12,000 in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Her recent TEDx Talk, “What Drug Dealers Taught Me About Trust” was viewed more than 200,000 times in the first six months.

Using real-world strategies she gained working as an undercover police officer and federal prosecuting attorney, Pamela helps audiences crack the code on deception and increase trust using proven nonverbal techniques. Pamela shares her experience, research, and expertise with humour, energy, and candor; blending real-world strategies with memorable stories that will impact the way you and your teams communicate for the better.

Keynote: “Trust Starts With You”

Nonverbal communication skills are critical to your success. Unfortunately, most people have conditioned themselves to ignore their instincts. As a result, they’re more easily misled and cheated. Pamela teaches strategies that can be used immediately to boost confidence and foster inner-trust.


Supporting Women of all ages and stages

Proceeds from this year’s event will be directed to the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph’s Safe Sisters program, a weekly drop-in program for girls in grades seven and eight in Guelph designed to provide a safe space for young girls to learn about and discuss personal safety and positive well-being in terms of their community, their own bodies and social media.

Donate directly to Safe Sisters

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

Event Partners

Innovation Guelph
YMCA - YWCA of Guelph
Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Guelph Chamber of Commerce
PIN - The People and Information Network

From previous attendees of IWD Guelph-Wellington (Formerly 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.”