It was standing room only at the Sons of Kent Wednesday evening as women from across the municipality took part in the inaugural Chatham-Kent Women’s Leadership Network Panel and Networking Night.

Inaugural Women’s Leadership Network panel, photo courtesy of Chatham-Kent Economic Development.

“It was phenomenal to see the amazing response and the positive vibe in the room – very powerful,” said Katie Vilaranda, one of the event organizers and owner of Position One CEO. “One minute we were sitting down quietly going over final details and the next there was waves of people coming in the doors.”

The event was developed in partnership between Chatham-Kent Economic Development and three community partners, Moréna McDonald, Owner of 519 Events and Promotions; Katie Vilaranda, Owner of Position One SEO; and Jordan Sinclair, PhD, and Data Scientist with Vertias.

The evening included a networking portion with guests mingling and making connections, followed by a panel discussion about leadership in our community.

The panelists included Shannon Prince, curator of the Buxton Museum; entrepreneur Elizabeth Suni, founder of Wooly Doodle clothier; Rosemary Montgomery, Business Consultant with the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre; and 99.1 FM CKXS News Director Robyn Brady.

Event moderator, Jordan Sinclair was bolstered by the interest in the first-time event, which saw as many as 180 people register.

Sinclair says “The response proves the need for this type of event in the community as clearly there is room to fill the void for networking and development.”