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Wnorth Conference Profile: Heather Odendaal
Written by Fresh Vancouver   

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Heather Odendaal is meeting one of her committee members for the WNORTH Conference at a cafe in her home of Whistler, BC. She is the epitome of “leaning in”—a laptop is fired up on the table in front of her, a steaming latte is at hand and her three-monthold son Luke is fast asleep in the stroller tucked behind her chair.

WNORTH Conference is Heather’s other baby, her first child if you will. After identifying a gap leadership training supporting women, she decided to create her own forum. Now in its second year, WNORTH Conference is a platform bringing together today’s top women leaders and the next generation of women rising to leadership positions in corporate, public and entrepreneurial sectors.

This boutique destination conference gives women the opportunity to have real conversations critical to achieving real success. A multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of conference content allows participants to dive into the conference’s main pillars of focus: Accelerate Growth, Balance Life, Inspire Change and Connections that Matter. Inspirational talks, actionable workshops and intimate networking opportunities, move conversations outside of the normal boundaries of the typical conference event. WNORTH is the first of its kind- an experiential, destination conference for women in business on a leadership track. The material delivered at the conference is not only impactful, it is outcome-based. Each individual will be held to task by their fellow attendees through the creation of a community of women who are the next generation of senior leaders.

This year, WNORTH Conference will host 200 business leaders in the unique resort setting of Nita Lake Lodge from April 20–22, 2016.

The conference has expanded to feature two days of keynote talks, interviews and workshops as well as unique networking events such as the Connect Dinners; a series of intimate dinners hosted by two speakers from the conference where participants can dive into meaningful and individualized conversations between both participants and presenters.

Confirmed speakers for the 2016 WNORTH Conference include Veronica Juarez, Head of Enterprise Initiatives at Lyft; Elysa Fenenbock, Designer at Google & Global Game-Changer; Heather Rangel, Head of Tech Sector, Deloitte Tax LLP; Philip Grosch, Partner, Consulting and Digital Services Lead, PwC; Nancy Richardson, Chief Marketing Officer, Clearly; Kelly Norcott, Director of Business Development, TELUS; Elizabeth McLaughlin, CEO & Founder, 40% and Rising out of New York City; and Narges Nirumvala, a worldrenowned leadership communication expert.

To say Heather has moxie, is an understatement. But she isn’t alone. Heather has surrounded herself with an organizing committee made up of twelve individuals (including her husband), each working in their own sphere of expertise on a pro bono basis. The WNORTH Board of Advisors also provide their guidance and mentorship towards the broad themes and direction of WNORTH. Heather built this team to support her as she took on the additional role of motherhood, and the result is a collaborative effort mirroring the kind of network Heather hopes to build on a global scale for women as they ascend into leadership roles.

WNORTH is the first of its kind- an experiential, destination conference for women in business on a leadership track. The material delivered during this conference will not only be impactful, it will be outcome-based. Each individual will be held to task by their fellow attendees through the creation of a community of women who are the next generation of senior leaders.

Tickets for WNORTH are now available. The Balance Pass is $699 and includes access to two days of WNORTH Conference programming in Whistler as well as an opening wine reception. WNORTH Conference is proud to partner with PwC, McQuarrie Hunter LLP, Business Events Canada, Nita Lake Lodge, Fresh Magazine, and is produced by Heather’s company, Bluebird Strategy.

Registration is now available at WNorthConference.com/register