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Meet Leigh, founder of Women in Biz Network and a Toronto organizer, who creates events for professional women to network and learn from one another.
Name: Leigh Mitchell
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
My Next Event: Idea Factory – February 21, 6:30 pm, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
You should come to my event if you: want to meet entrepreneurial/professional women and learn in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s a place where you can make new connections and build relationships. Our next event speaker is Deb Weinstein – one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs who will inspire and educate you. Plus, our event provides free parking and admission to Toronto Auto Show. Why wouldn’t you come?
My Inspiration for Hosting Events is: daydreaming about my perfect event and trying to deliver it. I go to many different events and I love to check out the spaces they are in and how they are delivered. I keep a book of best practices from all the events I go to.
Favorite Eventbrite Feature: All of the plug-ins that you can use with your web site. Plus, I love the option choices with PayPal.
I think it’s important for women in business to network because: it helps to build critical relationships and you know you aren’t alone.
The Best Event I Ever Attended Was: My husband’s 40th Birthday. We sang karaoke tunes and danced until 4:00 a.m. while snow fell outside all night long. Cozy and cool – the perfect combination for a great night out.
Best Event Memory: Our 2011 Women in Biz Network Conference. It was almost as exciting as my wedding! To see something you worked so hard on come together is extremely rewarding. Since then I have received feedback that it changed attendees’ business lives, allowing them to get to the next level professionally. That is really exciting and special to me.
The Best Event I Ever Hosted Was: It would be the very first event I created, back in 2009. It was the very first time that I brought all of my Twitter friends together. I have gone on to make some very special friendships because of that night. It was also the night that I realized that my business was born and I have not looked back since!
Favorite Movie: “The King’s Speech”
Favorite Social Media Network: Twitter, because it is great for analytics and building relationships. I love the real time component to it.
The Blogs I Visit Most: That’s a hard one. I would think my own as I am writing pretty much every day! But my favourite blog for business is E-Marketer and INC.
My advice for first-time event planners is: anticipate that things will go wrong and have a back up plan.
My worst event experience was: when I experienced AV problems live at an event. I learned that you need to go to the event space in advance and test, test and test some more.
If I could tell one thing to the 20-year-old me, it would be: it’s okay to take chances in life. Don’t live your life worrying about “What If’s”.
My favorite thing about Toronto is: all of the cultural neighbourhoods we have. I love to explore them and I always find something impressively new and interesting to check out, even though I have lived in Toronto practically my whole life.
The most memorable attendee I ever had at my event was: Erica Ehm, because she was one of the first people I ever spoke to about my business, plus I had watched her on TV as a teenager when she was a DJ on Much Music. It was surreal to have her sitting and learning at one of my events! I felt honoured.
I love hosting events because: I love to inspire people.