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Fri, March 11

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

International Women’s Day: Mentor Mash

Presented by XcelerateHER


We are pleased to partner with the Grey Bruce Entrepreneur Ecosystem!

Join us for an morning of speed mentoring! If you identify as a woman entrepreneur, we invite you to our Mentor Mash in celebration of International Women’s Day!

You will meet with a variety mentors in a 9 minute time frame to rapidly learn from industry specialists! When you are not with a mentor, you will have the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs as well as business resource centres and event sponsors!

We are excited to present Michèle Newton as our keynote speaker. Michele will present:

Breaking the bias

The foundation of inclusiveness lies in breaking the biases that lie within us all. Spearheading the “Fit Out” movement by sharing her personal experiences growing up bi-racial, Michèle Newton activates her audiences to become more inclusive.

Exploring the intersection of being a woman, Black and bi-racial, of belonging and fitting “out” vs “in”, Michèle shares her personal journey and approach to breaking the bias.

Focusing on the intersectional experience, Michèle invites every attendee to come as they are to create an environment of belonging. Through her raw and powerful storytelling, she moves audiences to– to Fit Out, to break the bias and build an inclusive world together.

Meet Michèle:

Michèle Newton is a renowned communicator turned speaker, advocate and educational consultant, driving inclusion and belonging. Building inclusion from a bi-racial perspective, Michèle’s bold, forward-thinking approach provides audiences with a new lens on inclusion and diversity.

A social changemaker, Michèle created Our Mosaic Lives™ – a passion project celebrating Black Canadian Women, launched Community Conversations – a diversity and inclusion interview series, co-founded Making Change – a non-profit organization focused on awareness, education and exposure to Black people, Black culture and issues around anti-Black racism; and contributes a monthly Diversity and Inclusion Opinion column to

Spreading inspiration far beyond her local community, Michèle remains a social entrepreneur passionate about empowering equitable leadership and fostering dynamic conversations

Keynote Speaker, Michèle Newton


Mentor Mash with 9 minutes per meeting, meet up to 5 mentors!

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