2019 Kickstart- December 8th 2018

Date: December 8th 2018
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: The Peacock Pub in the heart of Little Italy – 582 College St
Ticket Price: $80-110

How often do women take the time to focus on their goals and what they really want?

The career landscape has changed dramatically, even in the last five years, but have you evolved how you go about setting goals and making changes?

Have you been wanting to change things up for a while, but are feeling stuck and overwhelmed at the thought of beginning? Have you been putting off making decisions about what you really want? Do you set resolutions, goals or a “word of the year” each and every December 31, only to find yourself back in your old and familiar habits by February?

This is for you. We guarantee you will leave ready to jump into 2019 with purpose, inspiring goals, and an action plan you are committed to following through.

Join us for a masterclass and workshop in setting exciting goals that make you want to get out of bed every morning. Learn about the science behind our habits, as well as simple tricks to adjust old patterns so you can build new, healthier ones. Plus get top tips and tricks to debunk myths, uncover your obstacles and leave feeling empowered by your choices, not defeated by them. Get prepped to start the new year fresh and feel inspired to commit to a discipline you didn’t think you could achieve. Let us help you conquer 2019 with intention and a plan.

We promise no generic answers. We value transparency, honesty, inclusivity and encouragement. Take a day in the pre-holiday chaos to meet like-minded women and eat yummy food in a hip venue, while devoting a day to the most important person in your life: YOU!

 *Post-session Accountability

Don’t worry, we won’t let you forget about this… we’re offering email follow-ups through December, as well as a live video call in January to help you stay focused on your goal.


Nadine Araksi

Nadine Araksi (formerly Silverthorne) has spent nearly two decades creating click-worthy content and digital strategies for media companies, apps and websites. She has worked for exciting brands and publications like HGTV.ca, FoodTV.ca, Alliance Films, Canadian GeographicCanadian Family, Random House of Canada and Sweetspot.ca. She spent many happy years at Today’s Parent, helping drive the success of that brand in the digital and social space with the best people in the business (and got to offer her two cents on parenting, daily). She is currently the Director of Product Management for Rogers Publishing and thoroughly loves being a boss lady.

After navigating her youngest child’s rare disease and subsequent hospitalization in 2013, followed by the breakup of her marriage in 2017, Nadine found solace in the communities and friendships she had cultivated over the years. Always on one journey of self-discovery or another, Nadine hopes to share her experiences of moving from darkness to light with courage, kindness and gratitude with those who are ready to listen and use them as a catapult for their own journeys.


Stephanie Marshall

Stephanie Marshall is a transformation and mindset coach, speaker, and the founder of Plaid Paddle. She coaches interesting and driven women who have decided that they want to change something (or multiple things) in their life either in one-on-one sessions, or in group programs. Stephanie loves stirring the pot, encouraging people to get out of their comfort zone, and leading people towards what makes them feel that they are at their best.

Previously Stephanie worked in the digital content, marketing, and strategy space as an independent consultant, in the agency world, and in the media sector. She has worked with brands and companies including Shoppers Drug Mart, Rogers Media brands including those in publishing, television, and radio, Molson, Trojan, Royal Bank, Holt Renfrew, and CBC.

She has an MBA from Schulich, but so do a lot of people. It’s more interesting to note that she is in a band, and loves hanging out with cows and alpacas when it comes up.

Instagram: @stephanie.j.marshall
Twitter: @stephmarshall


Sandra E. Martin

Informed by her rich and varied 25 years as a journalist and audience specialist, Sandra provides content strategy and execution services to a variety of clients, which includes heading family communications and content strategy for WE. Teaching the next generation of content specialists, Sandra is also a contract lecturer at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism in Toronto.

During her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living, the magazine won numerous accolades, including Gold in the Best Media Web site category at the 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and maintained its place as the most-read paid women’s lifestyle publication in print and online.

Previously, Sandra helmed the highly successful launch of Walmart Live Better/Vivre mieux Walmart, and served in senior editorial capacities at Today’s Parent. Her byline has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Cottage Life and MoneySense, among others.

Instagram: @sandraemartin
Twitter: @sandraemartin

Takara Small

Takara Small is a Toronto-based tech journalist, public speaker and host of the Globe and Mail’s tech podcast called I’ll Go First as well as an on-air tech expert for CBC and CTV where she breaks down complicated tech stories for Canadians from coast to coast.
She is also the founder of VentureKids Canada (a Toronto-based not for profit that helps youth from underserved communities learn how to code and launch their own startup).

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert is a nutritionist, author and media personality, who traded her fancy big city career to become a small town innkeeper.

At age 30, Theresa was a stay at home mom with a part time personal chef business,. At age 40 she hosted a daily Food Network show called Just One Bite. By 45 she had two books in two countries: Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day and Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck. What a life, right?

By 50 she was empty-nested, divorcing, menopausal and exhausted. She realized that she was doing more talking about ways to live a happy, healthy life than spending time nurturing herself. Her inspiring story of blowing it all up and following her passion includes buying Rosehurst Bed and Breakfast in Stratford, learning to grow enough food to cook for eight people daily and finally allowing herself to slow down. Theresa also teaches at Stratford Chef School and hosts the program Breakfast at Rosehurst.

Instagram: @rosehurststratford
Twitter: @theresaalbert

Event Details

December 8th Agenda

10 am: Registration, coffee and meet n’ greet.

10:30 am: Introduction

11:00 am: Panel discussion: Theresa Albert, Takara Small, Sandra Martin, Stephanie Marshall – Led by Nadine Araksi

12-1pm: LUNCH

1-1:45pm: Workshop #1: Set your Star Goal … not the boring obvious thing, and not the same old process

1:45pm: BREAK

2-3pm: Workshop #2: Uncover Your Obstacles (the ones that really matter and the ones you don’t really want to admit to yourself) Commit to the Next Steps for real

Attire: Dress as your favourite version of you

We love the intimate venue right in Little Italy (it’s bigger than it looks). 

"What if you were always as productive as the day before a vacation?"

"A motivational quote never changed a life"

"I wish I had procrastinated and stayed on the couch surfing Facebook" said no one ever

"Because not everyone is going to wake up at 5:00am"