Passion and Grit: Build Your Resilience Toolkit

Passion and Grit: Build Your Resilience Toolkit Series for Women Business Owners

The last year has thrown a big wrench in everyone’s plans, but it’s not the first time we’ve encountered a sudden change that’s outside of our control, and it won’t be the last.

The unexpected can present itself in the form of obstacles—like the pandemic—or in the form of opportunities—like rapid growth, which can be just as overwhelming.

So Women’s Enterprise Centre has created a four-part series, “Passion and 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 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.

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In this series, WEC Entrepreneur in Residence, Dawn McCooey, will introduce you to scenario planning tools, useful resources and an action plan template that you can use 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 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.

Series format

You’ll meet with a small group of women for four, 2-hour virtual sessions to learn proven resilience strategies and make connections with a supportive peer network.  

SESSION 1 | Survive and Thrive: Developing a Resilient Mindset

Resilience is not a personality trait; 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, we’ll focus on three key components that can help you reframe setbacks as opportunities in your business and your life.

SESSION 2 | What Are the Odds: Preparing for New Challenges

Using a licensed program called “The Future is Coming,” we’ll run through different scenarios 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 3 | Look on the Bright Side: Embracing Your Strengths

In this session we 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 drive you forward. We’ll discover your strengths, resources and capabilities and then figure out how to apply them to keep your vision alive.

SESSION 4 | Work It Out: Planning Your Next Step

We’ll talk about a variety of tools that help you to create a detailed action plan. You’ll evaluate your current situation, 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: Free


  • Welcome & Introduction session:
    • March 29 | 9am – 11am PDT
  • Program sessions:
    • April 19 | 1pm – 3pm PDT
    • May 3, May 17, & May 31 | 9 – 11am PDT

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.