B.C. businesswoman’s conference geared towards getting local women to ‘glow’

Published: February 6, 2013

VANCOUVER DESI

Mandi Sellers

Mandi Sellers is the president and CEO of Com-Tech Learning Solutions in Vancouver. Submitted photo

Indian-born Mandi Sellers is one of those entrepreneur types who is always looking to do more. As the president and CEO of Com-Tech Learning Solutions in Vancouver, she’s already a busy professional holding educational workshops and training for corporate clients, but when a new idea came to her in a dream, Sellers, like a typical entrepreneur, couldn’t ignore it.

“I had a dream where a group of confident, positive, happy women seemed to have the answers to finding personal fulfillment,” explains Sellers, who struggled as a young woman defining who she was as a woman, as well as a South Asian and Canadian . “When I woke up, I realized that not only did I want to evolve myself to be like those women in my dream — in everything from my career and family life to health and image — but I wanted to help other women, Indian or otherwise, do the same.”

The idea to hold a local women’s conference came together quickly after that. She put a call out to her friends and associates to seek other women who wanted to get involved.

“I was amazed by the response. I thought that I have obviously hit a real need among women,” says the mother of two girls. “There are so many women out there who are looking for more out of their lives, be they from the South Asian community and beyond.”

She adds that it’s easy to get bogged down in the daily responsibilities of being a professional, mother and wife, but it’s important that women take the time to reinvest in themselves, find inspiration and better themselves.

“I call this achieving radiance — inside and out.”

She dubbed the network of diverse women volunteers who joined together to help her Achieve Radiance Events and Communications, and their inaugural women’s conference, called Glow: A Women’s Evening of Change and Celebration, last June in Coquitlam was a sold-out success. The philanthropic event was a mix of trade show, party and seminar with inspiring speakers, with proceeds going to a local women’s charity, Tri-City Transitions.

Now a second Coquitlam event is being planned for May 31, 2013, but even sooner is a Downtown Vancouver version of the event. Still called Glow: A Women’s Evening of Change and Celebration, the Vancouver evening will be held on March 9, 2013, at the Sheraton Wall Centre on Burrard Street. Early-bird tickets are $75 (until Feb. 14), and charitable proceeds will be given to Beauty Night, a non-profit organization that builds self-esteem of women and youth living in poverty through three streams of programming: wellness, life skills development and makeovers.

The Vancouver event features a trade show, food, dancing and inspiring speakers, starting with Dr. Sukhi Muker, a South Asian doctor, author and ultra-endurance athlete, who has dedicated his life to understanding universal laws as they relate to maximizing human health, happiness and abundance.

For some money sense, Tracy Theemes, co-founder of Sophia Financial Group, will offer up some of the best tips for women to become money wise and financially independent.

And to spice things up, there is speaker Allison Braun, a.k.a. the Bedroom Joyologist, who helps women (often with a religious or traditional background or who have been living for others’ approval) let go of guilt and sexual suppression so they can experience the deep connection they desire with their partner.

“Not just an evening out, Glow is a movement toward women becoming more positive, successful, healthy and happy. And what better time to have an event celebrating women than the day before International Women’s Day [March 8]?” says Sellers. “Then, there is the second Coquitlam event on May 31, 2013, and then who knows?”

While Sellers wants the Glow events to retain a philanthropic purpose behind them, the perennial entrepreneur is busy looking for ways to create business ventures out of the need she has tapped among women like her.

“We have lots planned, including a program for young girls called Glo Girlz, a digital publication for women called ‘Ruby’ and more,” she says. “As an entrepreneur, it’s so exciting to see my desire to inspire women become a reality and to know that we’re doing good at the same time means so much!”

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