Upcoming Courses & Events

September 22, 2020

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Calgary Chapter Professional Development Day


Professional Development Day

Welcome, attendance and intro

9:45am - 11:00am
Speaker: Debra deWaal
President, Safe & Sound Safety Training & Consulting Ltd.

Presentation Title: MENTAL TOUGHNESS – Living up to your potential

Come and learn how to enhance your confidence, overcome adversity, and get inspire to tke on new challenges! Debra deWaal, Owner of Safe & Sound and a former Calgary Police Officer will share with you how to perform at the upper limits of your talents when facing stress or pressure.

This session will leave you reenergized and set to take on your next hour or your next life adventure.

Speaker Bio:

Debra deWaal is a former Calgary Police Officer and is now the owner of Safe & Sound Safety Training & Consulting Ltd. Debra’s 10 year career with CPS included 3 years undercover work in auto theft, stolen property and vice. Debra also spent numerous years working on the street as a uniformed officer.

Debra is a professional member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and has been developing and facilitating Mental Toughness, Personal Safety and Conflict Management Training to Canadian citizens since 1995.

Speaker: Monique Bryan
Executive Producer of Personal Brands

Presentation Title: Get Your Digital Houzz in Order

Right now with everyone forcibly confined to their homes, and their only outlet is via screen time, it is more important than ever to focus on your personal brand by getting your digital house in order. We sometimes fail to realize that more people will “meet” us online, thanks to Google, than in real life and it’s up to us to control that message.

In this session, Monique will show you:

  • The 3 three things you can do TODAY to get your digital house in order
  • The number one place to start in crafting your juicy brand personality.
  • How to show up on Instagram in a way that gets noticed

Speaker Bio:

Monique has a BA in fashion design, three startups under her belt (so she knows a bit about entrepreneur life) and has developed programming in partnership with companies throughout Asia and exciting global brands like PayPal, Burberry, and Toms Shoes. Bringing over 15 years of top-level industry experience in the areas of product development, fashion, branding, business development, and personal styling today Monique runs a brand consultancy showing business owners how to use their personal brand as a visual communication power tool. Monique shows women how to clarify their messaging, build their unique brand personality and up-level their style profile so they can amplify their credibility in their industry. Monique is a breast cancer survivor and has grown an engaged community of over 14,000+ people on social media, while in remission. She speaks on international stages and has been featured on Global television, in Entrepreneur magazine, Bustle, She does the city, Lori Harder’s Earn Your Happy podcast and others.

Today Monique runs a branding consultancy under www.moniquebryan.com and is the creator of Juicy Brand On-Demand 8-week accelerator helping entrepreneurs craft their story and visual identity to stand out from their competition.

Her motto is, “Our personal brand is all we have, so it better be juicy and delicious or don’t bother!”

Follow Monique on Instagram @moniquebryan_co and on Twitter @MoniquebryanTO or visit her website www.moniquebryan.com

30 minute offline lunch break

Speaker: Kyle Marshall
Owner, Media Lab YYC

Presentation Title: How Podcasting Can Help Find and Grow Your Audience

Podcasts have been around for a over a decade but it’s only in the last few years where they’ve become truly popular. Is it already too late to start one yourself? The quick answer is no, but Kyle Marshall will demonstrate not only what it takes to create a great podcast but why you should consider creating one and how you can avoid the common pitfalls.

Speaker Bio:

Kyle Marshall is the owner of Media Lab YYC, a production studio that assists companies and influencers in creating great podcasts. He does that by helping to strategize people’s ideas and can continue to help with recording, editing, and publishing the show. Along with his partnerships with other companies he can also offer solutions for website creation, graphic design, animation, and more. Kyle also hosts a few podcasts himself including Putting It Together a show dedicated to the musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim. Outside of the podcast world Kyle enjoys reading, watching movies, and hanging out with his rad niece and nephew.


Thank you and closing remarks

Please RSVP by September 08, 2020


Free to all members, $50 for guests


Online Zoom Meeting


Helen Youn – Program Coordinator
Email: poccalgaryprogramcoordinator@gmail.com
Phone: 403-918-3800