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Success in the City


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Success in the City 2019 Success in the City is the largest event in the area designed to celebrate women in business, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership. We are pleased to provide an exhilarating day full of inspiration and business opportunities!The City of Hamilton and Small Business Enterprise Centre, along with our valued event partners, are thrilled to be hosting the 8th annual Success in the City event on Tuesday, March 5th 2019 at the Grand Olympia (660 Barton Street, Stoney Creek).

Success in the City is the largest event in the area designed to celebrate women in business, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership. We are pleased to provide an exhilarating day full of inspiration and business opportunities!

This year’s dynamic speaker line-up will feature Amber Mac – writer, podcaster, entrepreneur – and Professor Maja – confidence-builder and inspirational speaker.

Plus, we are happy to feature Hamilton’s own dynamic Women in Leadership panel!

Other features of this engaging day include

  • Business-to-business networking
  • 20+ trade show booths to spotlight and support local businesses
  • Swag bags
  • A day filled with inspiration and connections

Registration is NOW CLOSED


Learn more about Amber Mac!

Amber Mac is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intelligence, to social media, to Amazon-era retail. Mac asks, “if it’s so easy to disrupt, the question we need to ask ourselves is why isn’t everyone doing it?” No matter how confident and established the company, everyone needs a blueprint—and Mac’s talks provide you with just that.

Amber is the author of the national bestseller Power Friending and Outsmarting Your Kids Online. Mac has delivered keynotes at more than 300 events around the world, including an event this spring where she interviewed PM Justin Trudeau and Shopify CEO Toby Lutke about the future of digital.

Mac’s expertise includes business innovation, artificial intelligence, the distraction economy, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. In 2018, DMZ named Amber one of 30 inspirational women making a difference in tech. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, Shopify, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM Radio and has more than two million social media followers online.

Welcome Amber!


Learn more about Professor Maja!

Professor Maja is a sociologist, author, and regular guest expert on CTV’s The Social. She is an apology-hater, confidence-builder and recovering make-up addict. She also hates the word humble.

To deal with the lack of confidence and incessant apologies she witnessed daily, Prof. Maja authored two books (“Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing…and other career mistakes women make” and “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing, THE WORKBOOK”.)

Professor Maja gave her first TEDx Talk in December 2018 entitled “How Apologies are Killing our Confidence.”

In addition, she runs a leadership organization that trains women to improve their confidence, communication, and mindset. Maja also speaks to women of all ages on topics such as: confidence, perfectionism, people-pleasing, imposter syndrome, time-management, and body positivity.

Professor Maja holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University where she also teaches. Maja was nominated for the YWCA’s 2017 Woman of Distinction Award, in the category of Education and Mentorship for her commitment to the development of young women.

Her third book dealing with perfectionism is due in the fall of 2019. Her audiobook, a best-of compilation of her two books is available on Audible and iTunes.

Welcome Professor Maja!


Dynamic Women’s Panel

  1. Julie DeNardi – Owner of Greta’s Flair Lingerie and Mastectomy Products
  2. Karen Schulman Dupuis – MA Leadership Candidate | Business Designer | Speaker | Shift Disturber
  3. Rana Aldibs – Health and Wellness Coordinator at YWCA Hamilton
  4. Talli Osborne – Inspirational Speaker
  5. Erica Guidi – Chef and Owner of Blend Catering

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