LOCAL TALKS | ottawa . on

The Art of Self-Promotion

June 15, 2017 from 7PM to 9PM @ Makerspace North (250 City Centre, Bay 216), Ottawa, ON

Local Talks No 10 | ottawa . on

The Art of Self-promotion

Self-promotion is necessary, whether you're trying to brand yourself or your business. So why is it that so many of us seem to absolutely loathe it?

While personal branding and self-promotion are a sore spot that makes many of us feel, well, gross, they are one of the foundations to growing your business – and yourself.

Whether you're looking for a new job or are trying to launch your small business, join us, in partnership with Rebel.com on June 15 as we discuss how to tackle self-promotion while still feeling like yourself.


Kristen Ritchie (moderator), Talent Acquisition Specialist, Climax Media
Suzy Kendrick, Founder & President, LilyBelle Communications
Steve St-Pierre, Partner & Designer, Able Company      
John Fleischauer, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, Saba Software

The Schedule:

7:00PM - 7:30PM Doors Open/Social
7:30PM - 8:30PM Session + Q&A
8:30PM - 9:00PM Social

What your ticket includes:

•  Refreshments & light bites
•  Free beer! (provided by Stray Dog Brewing Company)
•  Networking with a bunch of rad folk just like you

Meet the line up:

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Kristen Ritchie (moderator), Talent Acquisition Specialist at Climax Media

Kristen is the Talent Acquisition Specialist at Climax Media, a mid-sized digital agency in Toronto. Her job is to find the right people to help fuel the growth and health of her organization. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as throughout the recruitment process. 

With a background in Psychology, Women & Gender Studies, and Human Resources, Kristen brings a unique perspective to the hiring process. Her work experience has been focused within the technology industry. You can find her hiring for all verticals in the digital space including Back-End Development, Front-End Development, UI/UX, Product, Strategy, and QA. 


Suzy Kendrick, Founder & President, LilyBelle Communications

Expert storyteller and master networker, Suzy is well-versed in the art of promotion whether for herself and her business, or advocating on behalf of her diverse roster of clients.

Suzy founded LilyBelle Communications in 2013 and has worked with many notable companies and organizations including Magpie Jewellery, Ottawa/Toronto Winter Brewfest, WUSTHOF Canada, Invest Ottawa, the Halifax International Security Forum and Rona Ambrose & the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition.

With a high honours degree in Journalism from Carleton University and a diploma in Globalization & International Affairs from Bard College in Manhattan, Suzy has a unique perspective of how to present a story - or yourself - in the best way, to get the desired result.

John Fleischauer, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, Saba Software

John is a number of things. Most notably, he is big and tall; hence his handle - @bigtalljohn.

His personal mission is to become the best in the world at what he does. However, being the best is not what drives John. What gets him out of bed every morning is being surrounded by incredible people that are passionate about their craft.

John feels very fortunate in that he's been able to live and work all over the world, and he's learned many life lessons along the way. He values people for who they are as individuals, not for what their resume says.

John speaks human, not jargonese.


Steve St-Pierre, Partner & Designer, Able Company

Steve St. Pierre is partner and designer at Able Company, a branding studio designed for startups. His primary practice revolves around brand identities, helping craft the tone and visual landscape of small, scrappy upstarts all the way up to near-billion dollar companies. 

One client has called him "lovely." One former creative director even went so far to say that "he is one of the best designers in the country and one of the best creative collaborators you’ll ever work with." And someone once called him "an asshole." You be the judge. 


When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Makerspace North (Bay 216) (see map)
Cost: $15 online  | $20 @ door

**credit only at the door

Tickets are final sale and are non negotiable. 

In partnership with:

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