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Doing it differently: Radical Women in Business

  • Groundswell Clubhouse 421-268 Keefer Street Vancouver, BC, V6A 1X6 Canada (map)

Join us for this free storytelling and potluck event!

Doors: 5:00 pm
Panel: 5:30 pm
Potluck: 7:00 pm

At Groundswell's alternative business school, women make up 60% of our students and 70% of our active membership. We are recognizing more and more that women are bringing a powerfully different perspective to entrepreneurship and the local economy, which we want to celebrate and amplify with this event.

These women are reworking the fabric of this city. They are opening doors and pulling up invisible communities into the visible. They are talking about things many people feel scared to talk about. They mean business - and they’re doing business.

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We are so grateful to have these four female instigators in our community. These wise women are doing it differently: come talk, listen and learn as they share stories from their journey in creating a new social economy.

Stay after the talk and dive deeper into conversation with one of our long table community potlucks
Bring a dish to share or contribute $10 to the pot when you RSVP and we'll add something to the table on your behalf.

Featuring Groundswell advisors:

  • Catherine Ludgate, Barrier breaking banker and social justice advocate. Manager of Community Investments, Vancity.  
    Read her bio here.

  • Melanie Matining, Queer pinay activist, social justice change catalyst. Founder of Denim Vest
    Read her bio here.

  • Madeleine Shaw, Feminist social entrepreneur. Founder of LunapadsG Day and Nestworks.
    Read her bio here.

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And Groundswell alum:

  • Cass King: Maker, performer, sex advocate. Founder of Mojo Emporium.

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Why do we call them instigators?

Because whatever they touch looks different than anything that came before. These women operate differently, putting their values ahead of the status quo, challenging themselves and those around them to think differently about how business, lifestyle, love, and livelihoods should work in the world - and activate that thinking by using business as a tool for real, on the ground change.


Every month, Groundswell hosts a community potluck and gathering to connect, share and celebrate with new and old faces in this ecosystem of social change and entrepreneurship.  Come hang out!  Sign up for the Groundswell newsletter to stay informed about all our events and opportunities.