International Womens Day 2020 Event


International Women's Day Hat & Tea Party

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Join Avanti Women on Saturday, March 7th for our celebration of International Women’s Day annual HAT & TEA PARTY.  International Women’s Day theme this year is “Each for Equal”.  We will be honouring this day with four expert speakers on topics related to Diversity and Inclusion.
Shop with our hand-picked artisans and enjoy tea sandwiches, fresh scones, and specialty teas.  Tickets are available online for $59.00.
·      Date:  Saturday, March 7th 
·      Location:  The Country Club, 20 Lloyd Street, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Ontario. 
·      Time: 11:00AM - 2:30PM (Registration opens at 10:30   AM)
Directions: click here

Expert Panelists and Round-table Breakout Discussions:
We have partnered with experts in their fields who will bring forward their amazing thought leadership in unconscious bias, resiliency and having crucial conversations.  A moderated panelist session will be followed by lunch and then breakout round-table discussions.

Hosted by Dina Barazza, Founder of Avanti Women.
Dina Barazza

Our host and moderator, Dina Barazza founded Avanti Women 12 years ago as she felt the need to empower women and their development.  Avanti Women in Italian means ‘moving forward’. Dina sees the world in a positive way and utilized her strengths to create events that make an impact and bring unity to our community.  She is also the President of her own HR consulting firm specializing in leadership, mentoring and learning solutions.

Author of The Resilience Way and Master Facilitator, Kelly Ann McKnight
Kelly Ann McKnight
Kelly Ann is a certified Master Facilitator, author, speaker, and personal development professional. She founded Stone Ridge Consulting in 2000. Kelly Ann recently published a new book on resilience titled The Resilience Way  She also facilitates and coaches teams or individuals on resilience, and how to overcome challenges in life and in the workplace. Checkout out

Tanya Walker, Commercial Litigator and Founder of Walker Law Professional Corporation
Tanya Walker

Tanya obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University in 2005 and her Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in Economics from McMaster University in 2002. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. Tanya is currently serving a term as Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario; elected by her peers as not only the first Black elected female Bencher from Toronto, in the 220 year history of the Law Society, but also as one of the youngest sitting Benchers.

Tanya is the founder of Walker Law Professional Corporate and a frequent speaker on legal issues to the Toronto Community and regularly appears on the CTV Show, Your Morning as a legal expert. She has also been Named in the 2017 and 2018 Lexpert Guides as one of the Leading Lawyers to Watch in Corporate/Commercial Litigation and is also the recipient of the 2018 Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year Award.

Madalena Coutinho is a Certified Professional Facilitator (IAF)

Madalena Coutinho
Madalena Coutinho is a Certified Professional Facilitator (IAF), Learning and Development specialist, and a professional Keynote speaker. Madalena brings more than 30 years of experience in the areas of team and leadership development, change management and strategic planning.



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Event Exhibitors

Mitando Art Scarves

#IWD2020 Exhibitor - Mitandio

Mitandio, has its origin from a Swahili word meaning scarves.  It is the vision of two vibrant sisters, Jas Sandhu and Ruku Sandhu, who share a combined love for art, fashion and wildlife. The iconic prints at Mitandio are inspired from their life and travels in Africa and India.

Jas and Ruku, owners of Mitandio, say, "We wanted to create a brand that was elegant and easy to wear; a simple accessory that has the sublime ability of beautifying even the simplest of looks. Each art carries its own story , springing from mythology to wildlife to nature, serving as inspiration to different spans of life."

Alison Tasker, Senior Financial Consultant from IG Wealth Management

#IWD2020 Exhibitor - Wealth Management

We all worry about money – whether we have too much of it or a lack thereof. Learn how limiting beliefs from childhood and the way you manage money can impact your sense of financial wellness. Alison’s superpower is her ability to counsel women through every stage in their life, providing education on money management and implementing this knowledge to attain financial freedom.

Bev Lewis, Positive Solutions Divorce Services

#IWD2020 Exhibitor - Positive Solutions Divorce Services

Positive Solutions Divorce Services help to simplify the divorce process so separating couples can move on with their lives.

Shawna Fujiki, Arbonne Consultant

#IWD2020 Exhibitor - Arbonne

Shawna Fujiki, Independant Arbonne Consultant. Arbonne is a health and wellness company specializing in botanically-based skincare, toxic-free cosmetics and plant-based nutrition. We are all about healthy living from the inside out! Shawna's table will feature a wide range of several skincare lines, on-trend cosmetics and the best nutrition products to energize and cleanse your body with a holistic approach. You'll leave feeling confident that your new products will bring out your natural glow and improve the way you feel.

Aynur Jahangirli, Creative Founder of NOORÈLLE

#IWD2020 Exhibitor - Founder of Noorelle

NOORÈLLE was developed with a passion to give women a choice of jewelry with sophisticated and elegant designs. These creations share ancient patterns and motifs jazzed with modernity. NOORÈLLE is for you to feel the art and express your feelings through Fashion!

Susan DaSilva-Romeo - Sun Life Financial Advisor

#IWD2020 Exhibitor - SunLife Advisor

Together we can build and maintain a plan to: manage your day-to-day expenses while putting some savings away for tomorrow
protect your hard earned savings against the unexpected simplify your debt management and banking needs keep on track when the economy is uncertain secure your home with a mortgage protection cover routine and other unanticipated health expenses
enjoy your retirement.  As your advisor I have the expertise and knowledge to help you build a plan for every life stage.


International Women's Day 2020 Theme is #EachforEqual

An equal world is an enabled world.

Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world.

Let's all be #EachforEqual.

Learn more about the events happening around the world.

Swag Bags

Attendees at our annual International Women's Day event, on March 7th, will receive one of our new 2020 Journals.  These were a big hit last year, so we've made them even better and hope our attending members will love them.

This years journals are in support of women as resilient leaders.  Whether in achieving relationship, wellness or financial goals, we hope these help you stay organized and have a little fun along the way.  


We will be having some fun drawing names for a number of prizes, one of which is this unique Christine Hill, Spirits Bay Necklace and Pendant generously provided by Michael Hill, Oakville Place.

#IWD2020 Prize Necklace

Sun Life Giftbasket

Inside this beautiful gift basket a lucky winner will receive, a $25 Indigo gift card, a mug with Laura Secord Earl Gray Tea, Laura Secord hot chocolate, Brookside chocolates and Laura Secord biscotti’s. Sweet!

Don't wait to get your tickets as seating is limited. 

Tickets are selling out fast, so join us to celebrate, network, learn and be more empowered. Bring a friend or family member to learn more about how to better support yourself and others.

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