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March 12 and 13, 2021

Friday  5:00 – 7:00 pm ET  |  Saturday  11:00 am – 6:00 pm EST

Hello, Be The Drum Entrepreneurs! Join us for our We Thrive Together Conference on March 12th & 13th!  If you attended our premiere Networking Event on October 23rd & 24th, 2020, you know how awesome getting together virtually can be! This time we hope it is even better! Similar to our October event, the conference will start with an evening session on Friday, followed by 3 sessions on Saturday.


Friday, March 12th from 5 – 7 PM EST

Evening Session –5:00 – 7:00 pm ET

Creativity Unfiltered For the Entrepreneur with special guest host, Ashley Lamothe of Creative Kwe!

Join us as we kick-off the We Thrive Together Conference with a fun, creative session to shake off the Covid doldrums and awaken our creative selves again.

Creativity is often thought of as either part of the arts, or some mystical skill that eludes the majority of the population. This is a misconception. Creativity is the key to unlocking self-awareness, positive self-growth, and business innovation. Join Creativity Coach, Ashley Lamothe, as she takes you through activities to begin unlocking your creative spirit and discuss how to use your creativity to further your growth both personally and professionally. Together, we will connect and ground ourselves as we prepare to share and learn from each other.

Ashley Lamothe, Creative Kwe

Ashley Lamothe, Creative Kwe

Ashley Lamothe is an Indigenous mother, creativity coach, and entrepreneur residing in Nogojiwanong, Ontario.  With a childhood passion for creativity and helping people, she pursued an education in the helping field. She has a Drug and Alcohol Counselling diploma from Fleming College and a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Lethbridge. With multiple levels of employment in the non-profit sector, her experience in positive and negative work environments has a common thread: internal/external empowerment.

It took a great personal loss and a move back home to Peterborough for Ashley to fully envision an environment that combines creative passion and personal development. Through research, community guidance, family support, and positive affirmations came the launch of Creative Kwe.

Creative Kwe is a passion project turned creativity coaching practice offering workshops, courses, resources, and public speaking on the benefits and beauty of creativity.

Ashley is a proud mom of tiny humans: Tre and Nahmar. When she isn’t working on Creative Kwe you can find her in the back yard blowing bubbles with her boys, gardening with her mom, or indulging in her 2 loves (besides her boys): Pinterest and Glitter.

Saturday, March 13th, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm EST

Morning Session – 11 am – 12:30 pm ET – Promotion Session

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman, another amazing Indigenous women entrepreneur from our Be The Drum program will show you how she promotes her music and programs. Learn by watching!

Followed by a Surprise Session on Decolonizing Money with Vicky auf der Mauer.

Vicky auf der Mauer speaks on Decolonizing Money

Vicky auf der Mauer speaks on Decolonizing Money

Vicky auf der Mauer is a proud Inuk from the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, turned Urban Inuk living on the land of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, that we call Toronto.

She is a former 5-star event manager for A-List celebs, and co-founder of the small restaurant business, Porchetta + Co., turned intuitive life, business, and money mindset coach, serving mainly Indigenous Womxn. She is on a mission to empower Indigenous (and all) Women to uncover the money beliefs given to us by the very systems that historically and currently oppress us, so that we can have a greater impact in our own life, our families life, our work and creative contributions, our communities, and ultimately the world. She has created a community-building space called Rich Indig Aunties which hosts her training Decolonizing Money.

Lunch Break 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session – 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET – Two Panels on Formal and In-formal Funding Opportunities

Panel one will consist of representatives from AFIs across Canada, they will talk about the various formal ways you can finance your business.

In the second panel, we’ll hear from Brandy Ketlo about her alternative funding journey for Made With Love Enterprises Inc. and Nefry from PARO will talk about micro funding circles.

Afternoon break 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Evening Session -4:00pm – 5:30 pm ET – ‘Be The Drum Success Stories’

3 entrepreneurs from the Be The Drum program will share their story about their entrepreneur journey and their lessons learned.

  1. Chantal Fraser, Empowered Path – Consulting and training.
  2. Summer Riley, Naniboujou Dog Training – Feel confident when training your dog.
  3. Lauren Mould, Creative Lemon Juices – Sewing

List of Topics:

  • Self-care
  • Business – Life Balance
  • Importance of community
  • Making connections
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Financing your business
  • Learning from other Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs
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This initiative is made possible through the financial support of the government of Canada.
This event is made possible through the financial support of the Government of Canada.