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The Chic Summit 2024: Empowering Women in Business and Leadership

  • 200+ women attend 2-day conference dedicated to entrepreneurship and business leadership
  • Speakers included Aaron Volpatti, Dr Lesley Lutes, Sherri Wright-Schwietz, Nikki Csek, Renee Warren, Breanne Allarie, and Kim Vopni to name a few
  • Event hosted at 50th Parallel Estate (Summit by Day) and Delta Grand by Marriott Hotel + Oak & Cru (Summit by Night)
  • $1,000 in free gifting
  • $1600 raised for Dress for Success and Helen’s Acres through auction of an art piece created by Tamara Hall live on-site at The Chic Summit, 2-day event

The Chic Summit took up residency at 50th Parallel Estate and Delta Grand Hotel Feb. 2 and 3, 2024, hosting 200+ women across the two day event. Influential speakers from BC, Alberta, the US and the UK hosted thought-provoking discussions and practical workshops to support female leaders and business owners from across the Okanagan Valley.

The event tackled a range of topics from cultivating grit and overcoming imposter syndrome to the true cost of success and financial literacy. For his keynote speech, former NHL player turned mindset coach Aaron Volpatti shared not only his life story but also the impact women have had in supporting his growth.

<Who>Chic Studios

Other noteworthy speakers included joyful Content Creator Breanne Allarie, Senior Vice President, ATB Wealth Senior Vice-President Sherri Wright-Schwietz, Csek Media Agency CEO Nikki Csek, PR Expert Renee Warren, Women’s Health Advocate Kim Vopni, UBCO Professor Dr Lesley Lutes and US-Based Executive Coach Sally Phillips.

Local artist Tamara Hall was on site creating two live art pieces over the two days to embody the energy of the Okanagan Valley that were ultimately auctioned off raising $800 for Helen’s Acres and $800 for Dress for Success.
Other artists and designers set up pop-up shops to curate a chic vibe for shopping and supporting local female businesses, included Shisako, Wolf & Women Jewelry Okanagan Blankets, WeBC, Vic & Jo Tea, Grace & Flow, Audax Boutique, WeWildWomen, and Art of Marina.

Over $1,000 in gifting was given to each attendee including items from Billion Dollar Beauty, La Creme Skincare Boutique, BC Wine Passport, Hillberg & Berk, MisMack Cosmetics, Glo Anti-Aging Youth Lab and Art by Marina.

After a day of learning and connecting, attendees gathered back at the Delta Grand by Marriott, for The Chic Summit by Night, at Oak & Cru. With local artist DJ Vie spinning the beats, attendees enjoyed sips from the portfolio of Iconic Wines, with a Chic75 cocktail, wine from Mission Hill, Check Mate, and Cedar Creek to name a few. The networking, chef-inspired food stations and high-vibes made it a night to remember.

Of the event, The Chic Experience Founder Amy Nicole Cohen (Top 40 over 40 Chamber of Commerce Award Winner) said “The Chic Summit is more than just a conference; it’s an experiential event for like-minded women to come together to connect, laugh together, learn and level up, both personally and professionally. The vision of The Chic Summit was to create something that would feel special, be memorable, and make attendees feel like they were exactly where they were meant to be.”

Senior Vice-President, ATB Wealth Advisory Services Sherri Wright-Schwietz, who delivered a powerful keynote and was accompanied by leaders and team members from across ATB Wealth had this to say, “It was an absolute privilege to speak and network with the incredible women at The Chic Summit. I am passionate about supporting people in dreaming big and finding their personal definition of what success is—beyond traditional things like money and titles. We all have a complex journey in life and with communities like the ones I experienced at The Chic Summit, we can help carry each other confidently into the future."

<Who>Chic Studios

The Chic Experience, is an experiential events company that hosts world-wide, to bring like-minded people together with events such as; The Chic Retreat, Connect + Collab Business mixers, Chic Summer Series, and The Chic Summit Conference. Upcoming events are The Chic Retreat, Provence France (April 16-20, 2024), The Chic Retreat, Okanagan (November 1-3, 2024) and monthly Connect + Collab (February 15 and March 14) More information can be found on the website.

The success of The Chic Summit would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners. We extend our gratitude to ATB Wealth, Billion Dollar Beauty, Export Navigator, 50th Parallel Estate, Delta Grand Hotel, Move RX, Stone Sisters, Glo Anti-Aging, Sona Wellness, WeBC, La Creme Skincare Studio, Iconic Wines, and Success21 Salon. for their commitment to empowering women in the business world.

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