“The message was one of support, inclusivity and confidence at this year's Niagara Leadership Summit for Women.
The event, now in its fifth year, was hosted by the YWCA and held at Brock University on Saturday,
The theme was Make Your Move. Together.
Speakers and workshops dealt with issues of self-confidence, how to get involved and raising your voice. For example, Paralympian Jessica Lewis gave a workshop on how to not be limited by your limitations.
"It's really to inspire women of different backgrounds, whether it's business, whether you're a parent, whether you're a student, whatever you do, to feel a part of the community in a meaningful way and to feel valued and that you're skills and whatever it is that you bring to the table is important in making change — and we all can be leaders in our everyday lives," said summit founder and organizer Julie Rorison.
Kim Karin Milan, a Toronto-based writer, was keynote speaker.
"I really wanted to talk to women and girls about the ways we can support each other and help amplify women's leadership and wanting to make leadership models that are not just about one particular kind of woman or girl but also for women and girls of different levels, racial background. Something that is really authentic and diverse," said Milan.
She also talked about creating spaces for those leaders to find themselves and grow.”