Previous Program for 2020 - 2021

September 9 2020 - September Member Meeting



October 7 2020 - October Member Meeting


World Event Centre


Amy Simpson Jessica Erickson



Jessica Erickson and Amy Simpson from MicroAge Peterborough- Whitby will educate us on some best practices to be Cyber Alert. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, so please join us to learn more about what you can do to minimize risk in your homes and businesses.


Our Speakers:

Amy Simpson, is the Owner MicroAge Peterborough – Whitby and shareholder of MicroAge Canada, who provide IT support solutions from their 33 locations across Canada to small and medium sized businesses. She has been awarded Business Women of the Year in 2015 and her MicroAge office was the winner of the Customer First award recognized by the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce in October 2016. In 2019, she opened a location in Whitby to service the Durham Market .  Amy has over 30 years’ experience in technology and is passionate about helping medium size businesses to assist them in having secure productive and stable work environments. She has been a member of WBN for 17 years and enjoyed being on the board and past President!

Jessica Erickson is a driven Sales Professional with over 10 years of successful technical sales experience in Business IT solutions. Joining the MicroAge Peterborough Whitby team in January 2020 has allowed Jessica to foster her skills and community connections.  Focusing on empathizing with individual and business IT needs, she works collaboratively with clients and partner to build solutions and recommendations that are unique and accessible. Jessica has been a member of WBN since January 2020!




November 4 2020 - November Member Meeting


World Event Center

Wed November 4, 2020


WBN's November Meeting is bringing us the amazing Shelby Leonard Watt from Save our Soles in downtown Peterborough. She will be bringing us laughs and advice from her years as a female entreprenur with a family and a booming ecommerce business.

Shelby Leonard-Watt created S.O.S Save Our Soles, with her partner Mike Watt, in 2006. This was their 3rd brick and mortar shop in downtown Peterborough, Ontario.
The concept of S.O.S was to be more than a shoe & apparel shop for women. It was created as a lifestyle store: whether you need an outfit, the must-have coveted items of the moment, or that shoe you just can't leave behind. It's a space where women can be at ease with their bodies, dress their confidence, while having a laugh and a positive experience. It's about loving clothes and shoes (and ourselves!) and all things girly. While not taking ourselves too seriously, because at the end of the day a little retail therapy is meant to be fun. 

December 2 2020 - December GALA for the YWCA


World Event Center

Wed. Dec 2, 2020.


Our Winter Gala is upcoming! This year, our theme is "Home for the Holidays". In the spirit of this crazy year, we are re-creating the gala experience for you at home! We are offering an appetizer and wine bundle for all members, and for the gala this year we ARE allowing guests!

Guest tickets are an amazing way to donate! Each ticket is $40, comes with appetizer and wine and $20 of each ticket goes directly to the YWCA. You can purchase a ticket by etransfering money ($40) to 

Food info:

You can PICK UP your appetizers the day of the event, location 705 Creative Studios. 41 A Park Street South. Bright blue door. Parking in the back!


In addition, see below for ways to upgrade your evening!




  • Or upgrade to DELIVERY by our volunteers for a $25 donation. (Contactless drop off, volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves to minimize contact.

  • Upgrade your wine from mini to full size for $25! $10 goes directly to the YWCA.


January 6 2021 - January Member Meeting


World Event Center

Welcome to 2021, ladies!

For this meeting, we are focusing on the amazing community we have formed here. Each table will have a topic, from fun (wine suggestions) to more serious, like staffing and working from home with kids. Come comiserate, laugh and bring on 2021 with the amazing support of our community.

6:30pm - 10 mins.
 Buffer time for arrivals

6:40pm - 20 mins. Welcome by President/News

 7:00pm - 25 mins. Open networking, find the table that speaks to you!

 7:25pm - 15 mins. Member testimonials + member news

7:40pm - 10 mins. Back to open networking

7:50pm - 5 mins. President Farewell

7:50pm - 15 mins. Wrap up networking time (Leave as you please style…)

February 3 2021 - Black Women Empowerment - Past, Present and Future


Virtual - World Event Center

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Event link emailed to members the morning of event!)

Topic: The importance of BHM in today's contemporary society as it pertains to the success and empowerment of Black successful women in past, present and future.

Speaker Bio

Charmaine Magumbe is a Jamaican born, Zimbabwean Canadian who is a community activist, business owner, Zingha and mother of five and grandmother of three who resides in Peterborough. She is one of the leading voices in Race Relations in Peterborough.  

In addition to her roles with Black Lives Matter and the Community Race Relations Committee of Peterborough, 2014- 2018. Charmaine has run for City Council also helps run events to fight the growing opioid crisis for PTBO Strong. 

Charmaine has been active in planning various events in the Peterborough community at different venues from schools, parks and community centers.  These events range from but limited too, Black Lives Matter rallies, a number of events for CRRC; Black History Month(BHM), Asian Month, Indigenous Heritage Month, International day for the Elimination of racism, to organizing the first ever Just Laugh Peterborough Comedy Festival.

She is past board member and staff at Jamaican Self-Help, present chairperson of Community Race Relations Committee of Peterborough (CRRC), past violin player in the Kawartha Community Orchestra, fiddler with the English Country dance, model and actor with Strutt Central Model in Peterborough.

Most recently Charmaine has been named the Woman of Influence in Peterborough for 2020.  In 2017, she was the top 20 influential person in Peterborough. She is the 2017 YMCA Peace Medal recipient.

March 3 2021 - Virtual Speed Networking Event


World Event Center

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Event link emailed to members the morning of event!)

Topic: This meeting we are changing the way we do networking by hosting our very first speed networking event. By the end of this event, you will have met every woman in the room and walked away with a new appreciation for all the industries you now have a connection in!

Bring a glass of water (or wine) because we are getting chatty!

April 7 2021 - April Meeting - Vivian Kaye is a speaker!


Virtual - World Event Centre

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Event link emailed to members the morning of event!)


We are so excited to bring Vivian Kaye to WBN Ptbo to share with us her jouney of "failing to success".


Vivian Kaye is the Founder & CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki, a premium textured hair extension brand for Black women that she bootstrapped to over $6 million in revenue. 

Her presence and genuine desire to continuously learn and grow while keeping it REAL quickly made her a personality who transcended the title of Founder and CEO.

 Ultimately, she organically grew her personal platform by exchanging tips and tricks that she learned on her personal entrepreneurial journey. 

 As a Business Empowerment Coach, ecommerce expert, TV, radio and podcast personality, Vivian sets out to empower, uplift and educate her audience into action.

 Along with her philanthropic efforts through mentorship and her position with the Founders Fund, she has worked with many notable brands such as Shopify, Ted Talks, Uniliever, LG, RBC and Rogers Sports & Media, to name a few. 


May 5 2021 - WBN 60th Anniversary Celebration!


Virtual - World Event Centre

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Event link emailed to members the morning of event!)

What a year to be ringing in 60 years at WBN! Tonight we are going to reminise on our best WBN memories, enjoy our current connections, and celebrate 60 years of women coming together to support one another.

Have a WBN memory you want to share? Email our program director at

June 2 2021 - June Member Meeting - Summer social


Virtual - World Event Centre

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Event link emailed to members the morning of event!)


What a year it has been! Let's celebrate our wins, spend time with the amazing women in our network and maybe even do another round of speed networking!

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