Former The Bachelorette contestant and host of Off the Vine Podcast Kaitlyn Bristowe will share stories of life, love, business and staying true to herself at a new women’s event in Langley.
Unapologetically Her, the brainchild of Langley entrepreneurs Megan Parker and Anna Mullens, is a multifaceted fête that combines all things women love — shopping, eating, dancing, networking, coaching, and of course, wine.
Taking place March 9 from 3 p.m. to midnight at Cascades Casino in Langley City — the same weekend as International Women’s Day — Unapologetically Her aims to empower and connect women.
“I wanted to do something related to women, and I also wanted to do something related to connection. I think in this day in age we feel we are more connected through things like Facebook and Instagram and Snapchat, but we’re actually quite disconnected from each other on a fundamental level,” said Mullens, a Chopra-certified instructor and founder of wellness business Anam Soul.
“My goal is to have people standing next to other people, having conversations, and to create a space where there is a little bit of mind, body and soul, a little bit of business, and a little bit of champagne.”
“I try to do all of my events surrounding and supporting local — that’s something really big,” Parker said.
“You’re supporting someone in your own community. Once you get to know the people behind the brands (you realize) ‘Oh, I’m helping put food on that person’s table.’”
Next comes the sit down portion of the evening, complete with dinner, keynote talks and a coaching panel, hosted by Kamloops broadcaster Katie Neustaeter and women’s coach Adera Angelucci.
The speakers include Mullens, who will share insights on connection, followed by Lindsay Pleskot, a Vancouver dietician who will speak on women and their relationship with food, and Makenzie Chilton, a business coach and owner of Love Your Mondays, who will speak on finding work with purpose.
Next, Bristowe will come on stage for a Q&A-style girl talk session with the audience, and the night will end with a dance party until midnight.
“The theory of telling our stories and learning from our own journeys and sharing that wisdom is something that dates back thousands of years,” Mullens said.
“And in this modern day where we’re facing these disconnections, and we see some version of somebody on Instagram or some version of somebody on Facebook, it’s so crucial to speak to women on more of a heart and soul level.
“Women coming together can do anything, and if we’re sharing our raw truth and we’re sharing our stories — that’s where the magic happens and that’s where the power is.”
There is also no dress code for the event — participants are encouraged to show up as themselves, whether that’s in a sweatshirt or an evening gown.
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