Balancing Business and Babies 

May 16, 2017 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM @ Mobify HQ (725 Granville Street, Suite 420) Vancouver, BC


Local Talks No 12 | Vancouver . BC

Balancing Business and Babies.

On May 16th, 2017, join us for an open discussion about the balance (is that even a thing?) of running a business and being a mother.  Our speakers will discuss the significant moments from their entrepreneurial journeys as we dive into multitasking and prioritizing, support systems, and what it’s like to have a growing family and a growing business 24/7. Listen as they share candid stories and reflect on the moments that shifted their life trajectories—highlighting lessons learned and experiences gained along the way.


Bree Galbraith, Author (moderator)
Jillian Sheridan, Founder, EastWood Cycle
Paige Manning, Founder, Little Bean Co.  
Marianne Amodio, Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio, Inc.
Courtney Thomas, Founder, Bohdi Studios



What your ticket includes:

6:30PM - 7:00PM Doors Open
7:00PM - 8:00PM Session + Q&A
8:00PM - 8:30PM Social

What your ticket includes:

•  Refreshments & light bites
•  Kombucha courtesy of Oddity Kombucha
•  Samples of NutMegMylk
•  Networking with a bunch of rad folk just like you


Mobify HQ (725 Granville Street, Suite 420) Vancouver, BC

Meet the line up: 

Bree Galbraith, Author


Bree Galbraith is a born and raised Vancouverite now raising her two boys in the heart of the city. She is an award-winning children's book author, the co-founder of Peaks and Harbours, and a designer by trade.

As a single-mother following her passion in the creative arts, Bree knows first hand the struggles faced by many families to make ends meet. Her commitment to pursuing a career that makes her happy and fulfilled has her juggling freelance design work with sessional university instruction to allow her dream of being an author to take shape. 

With her second children's book on the shelves and two more headed out in the next two years, she is finally positioned to focus attention on her next adventure - writing a novel.


Jillian Sheridan,
EastWood Cycle

Jillian is the Founder of Eastwood Cycle and soon to be Eastwood Meditate and Boxing. After starting the company almost 3 years ago, [truly on a whim] it has grown into a passion and love affair she never could have imagined. Since having her daughter Gigi she has been faced with many road blocks but has overcome them with an incredible team, husband, and family. Eastwood is not just spin, or fitness. The ’sanctuary’ promotes wellness, a way of life, a culture. Since bringing on a new business partner this year Jillian is able to truly dive into her main passion - the brand and the vision. Being able to focus on her strengths has allowed her to excel further at home as mom, as a leader to her team, and opened up the doors to expand quicker and grow stronger. 

Paige Manning, Founder Little Bean Co.

Owner and operator of Little Bean + Co, Vancouver's first mobile children's boutique now grown to brick and mortar. What started as a crazy idea quickly grew into a reality, many doubting the idea and its validity, Paige toughed through making her vision a reality and building her brand. With the help of her husband and family she raised her first daughter "Bean" as well as her business, making connections and paving the way for the mobile business, teaching herself social media, website building, and the business of retail and wholesale as she went. Over the course of a year her business grew along with her belly; pregnant with her second daughter, Paige continued to attend markets, events, and plan for a stand alone brick and mortar location to accompany the mobile boutique. Her second daughter born in January was just the first feat of the year, with a short 4 weeks later opening her brick and mortar location in downtown Abbotsford. As her business continues to grow so does the reputation of Little Bean + Co and its curated shop of great brands, both local and international.

Marianne Amodio, Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio, Inc.

marianne amodio architecture studio practices unabashed architecture that is concise and practical, yet poetic and personal to the client.  Once described by a Client as someone who “...magically transforms ordinary spaces and humble materials into places of poetic beauty”, Marianne is driven to infuse meaning into her work as well as to delight and surprise.

Marianne considers much of the firms’ work to be architectural installation, striking a balance between fanciful architecture and functional art. The practice consistently strives to challenge clients’ notions of architecture and space. We question everyday design assumptions and encourage our clients to infuse their spaces with innovation and artfulness that speaks to and of them. The work strives to be novel and whimsical: the practice proposes weirdness as a concept, believes in the inherent importance of uselessness and trusts in the innate ability of geometry and light to create mood and shape space. 

It is the stretching of creative muscle that allows marianne amodio architecture studio to focus on design solutions that explore alternative ways of home ownership and dwelling. Our residential sector centers on multi-family residential buildings, micro co-housing, and custom multi-family homes. This practice is based on the principle that living smarter is better than living bigger. We believe that through creative thinking, we can craft solutions that speak to todays issues of affordability and social and environmental sustainability and our drive to a sharing economy. We believe in the usefulness of creativity. 

Courtney Thomas, Bodhi Studios

Courtney believes that its time to refocus.  Its time to gain control. Its time to take care of ourselves, empower ourselves, and open ourselves to a deeper connection with the world.  

Courtney is truly grateful to be a part of a mindful community and to have the opportunity to share the experience and benefits of yoga & meditation with her students. In 2016, her passion led her to open a yoga & meditation studio, Bodhi Studios, in North Vancouver.   



When: Tuesday May 16, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Mobify HQ (see map)
Cost: $15 @ online (no door tickets)

Tickets are final sale and are non negotiable. 

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