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Game Changers: Overcoming the Fear of Failure

  • Junction YYC 628 8 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB, T2P 1G4 Canada (map)

Hosted by Startup Calgary

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Be bold. Take risks. Think bigger.

To truly embrace these concepts and scale your company, you need to be able to take calculated risks without the fear of failure in your way. Learn how 3 ‘been there, still going through it” entrepreneurs overcome their fears to achieve success.


4:00 - 4:30 pm – Registration, meet others and mingle
4:30 - 5:15 pm – Panel discussion moderated by Helen Wetherley Knight
5:15 - 5:30 pm – Audience Q&A
5:30 - 7:00 pm – Closing comments and networking until 7pm

Featured Speakers:

Tara Kelly, President & CEO of SPLICE Software

A serial innovator, published author and founder of SPLICE Software, Tara Kelly is passionate about technology’s potential to change lives for the better. She has consistently channeled that belief into developing technologies that enhance operations, enable better service delivery, and improve the customer experience. This has resulted in creating three customer experience companies and turning an innovative idea into a patented, proprietary technology (US Patent Number 9348812) that harnesses data streams to create personalized, automated messages.

Mandy Balak, Founder & CEO of the ACE Class

Mandy creates powerful brand connections and storytelling through events, content and unique experiences. Less than two years after founding The ACE Class, Mandy has expanded to six cities across Canada, released a popular podcast called “Ace Talks”, and hosted over 5000 women at her events. Mandy has also been internationally recognized for her work within The Ace Class, she was awarded Start Up of the Year and Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. And psst. You can read her Startup Story here

Carrie Gour, Co-Founder & CEO, PwrSwitch

Carrie spent 25 years in TV and film production, leading teams as a creator, producer and executive producer of award-winning documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and the Food Network, among others. More recently Carrie has worked as a freelance writer under her company Write On Girl, including years as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. In 2018 she took a complete left turn into the land of technology start-ups, co-founding PwrSwitch with Beth Thompson. Passionate about the ability of PwrSwitch to improve and even save lives, she's now committed to it's success full time.

Aja Horsley, CEO & Queen Bee, Drizzle Honey

Bio to be added shortly

Helen Wetherley Knight, Director of Information Technology at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre

Fighting poverty with technology, Helen is the Director of IT for the Calgary Drop-In Centre, the most effective Homeless Shelter in Canada. Leading an IT Transformation that will deliver annual savings of $2 Million, Helen is driving meaningful change for vulnerable Calgarians. Helen is also a passionate advocate for increasing gender diversity in IT, and is a Canadian CIO of the year finalist for 2018.

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