Passion and Grit: Build Your Resilience Toolkit

Encountering sudden change that’s outside of our control can be daunting. Whether it’s an unexpected increase in growth or a less positive obstacle, it’s probably not the first time and it won’t be the last.

If there is one thing we have learned from the last eighteen months it’s that everyone has dealt with unexpected change; while one person’s situation might look different to another, one thing is certain – we are not alone in our journey.

So, Women’s Enterprise Centre is presenting a five-part series, “Passion & Grit: Build Your Resilience Toolkit,” to help you develop four key aspects of resiliency: mindset, preparedness, strength and action.

Instead of focusing on how you can get things back to how they were, adopting a resilient mindset can help you to adapt and focus on what your business can look like in the future.

You started your business because you wanted to make an impact, and those same values and aspirations can continue to drive you forward through change.

In this series, you will have the opportunity to connect with other women entrepreneurs to support and encourage one another to stay motivated, gain insight, new ideas, opinions and feedback from an outside perspective.

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Dawn McCooey, Series facilitator and WEC Entrepreneur in Residence, will introduce you to scenario planning tools, useful resources and an action plan template that you can use in your business.

Assisted by group activities you will discover how to apply these learnings to restore confidence in your business plans today and every time you encounter an obstacle.

When faced with uncertainty, it’s common to freeze or panic. Yet, the worst thing you can do is nothing.

We’re here to help you develop a systematic way of thinking about the future and what it could look like, so that you can prioritize your next steps and summon the strength and passion to move forward!

By the end of this series, you’ll have a go-to process that you can use to find your next step every time you encounter a bump in the road, so you can approach the issue methodically instead of jumping to a conclusion.  

After the series, you can connect with a WEC Business Advisor to stay accountable and receive guidance to overcome roadblocks.

Spots are limited and if you apply by September 30 you’ll save $50!

Who is this for?

This series is designed for women who are actively operating their own business in BC, and would like support to turn current obstacles into long-term success.


“I learned that it is truly possible to build a resilient business with the proper tools, preparations and mindset. The course really focused on personal resilience before transferring the ideas and values to the business. This is extremely valuable as the owner is the core for all decisions and often self-work gets neglected.” – Past Series Participant


Series format

You’ll be connected with a small group of women, meeting for five, 2-hour virtual sessions to learn proven resilience strategies in a supportive peer network.

SESSION 1 | Connected Pathways: The Power of Your Network, Oct 20

The path ahead calls for resiliency, creativity and risk-taking to find ways of moving past obstacles in your way, but you are not alone. In this session you will meet our WEC facilitator, Dawn McCooey who will explain the objectives for the series and introduce you to your group members. Providing plenty of networking time, you will have the opportunity to share your entrepreneurial journey and connect with other women business owners in a supportive and encouraging environment.

SESSION 2 | Strive to Thrive: Developing a Resilient Mindset, Oct 27

Resilience is something that can be learned, it can be developed over time with practice, and it often looks like a sliding scale: from existing to coping to thriving. What contributes to personal resilience, and how can you live on the thriving side? In this session, you’ll have the chance to connect with your group focusing on three key components that will help you reframe setbacks as opportunities in your business and in your life.

SESSION 3 | Flip the Script: Preparing for New Challenges, Nov 3

Not all change has to be unexpected; using the licensed program “The Future is Coming,” we’ll run through different scenarios as a group to identify predictable risks, highly unusual events or opportunities that could impact your business. Then, we’ll practice risk assessments to explore the likelihood and impact of these events and work at reframing your challenges into opportunities.

SESSION 4 | Empowerment Design: Embracing Your Strengths, Nov 10

In this session we’ll look at “what is strong, and not what is wrong.” You started your business because you wanted to make an impact, and that passion can empower you, driving you forward. As a group we’ll discover your strengths, resources and capabilities collaborating to figure out how to apply them to keep your vision alive.

SESSION 5 | Work It Out: Planning Your Next Step, Nov 17

We’ll talk about a variety of tools that help you to create a detailed action plan. You’ll have the opportunity to evaluate your current situation, gather feedback and bounce ideas around the group, explore and prioritize strategic ideas, then create an implementation plan.


Series details

  • Where: Zoom
  • Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Entrepreneur in Residence, Women’s Enterprise Centre
  • Cost:
    • Apply by September 30: $50
    • Regular price if you apply October 1: $100
    • Full bursaries available
  • Schedule:
    • All sessions are 10am – 12pm PT
    • 5 Sessions | October 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17

Spots are limited and if you apply by September 30 you’ll save $50!

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