The Atelier Collective, a Toronto-based organization focused on providing workshops, educational tools and other methods of support for female entrepreneurs, is hosting its second digital conference next month. Titled “The Atelier Digital: Beyond 2020,” the virtual event will feature actress/writer/director Mindy Kaling as its keynote speaker.
Founded by two Canadian female entrepreneurs, The Atelier Collective was launched in 2017 to inspire and encourage ambitious women in business from around the world. Given how unpredictable and challenging this year has been, their upcoming conference will focus on how to keep a business thriving in 2020 and beyond.
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This is the BIGGEST announcement we’ve EVER HAD. Ladies, pop a bottle and pour that glass of champagne 'cause this is going to blow your minds! Our closing keynote to help propel us into a limitless tomorrow is Emmy-nominated writer, producer, New York Times best-selling author, director and actor, Mindy Kaling! Mindy first made her way into our homes and our hearts playing Kelly Kapoor on the hit NBC TV show, “The Office”. At 24, Mindy joined the writing staff as the only woman, where she also starred as a supporting character and stole every single scene she was in! During her eight seasons on The Office, Mindy wrote 26 episodes and became the first woman of colour to be nominated for an Emmy in any writing category! Mindy once again blazed new profound trails in creating the “The Mindy Project,” which she starred in and executive produced from 2012-2017—the first woman of colour to do so. And as an actor, Mindy has also appeared in many films including “The 40-Year Old Virgin,” “Inside Out,” “A Wrinkle in Time” (alongside Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon), and as a part of the star-studded cast of “Oceans Eight.” Mindy’s latest release is the critically acclaimed series, “Never Have I Ever” for Netflix, which reached 40 million homes around the world in its first four weeks of release! And it was recently announced that Mindy will write, produce and star in an untitled comedy for Universal opposite Priyanka Chopra and also co-write “Legally Blonde 3”, starring Reese Witherspoon. In 2012, Mindy was named to the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World List. She was honoured with the 2014 Glamour Woman of the Year Award and most recently was a 2019 ELLE Women In Hollywood honoree. In between all of her ventures, Mindy has released two New York Times best-selling comedic memoirs: “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” in 2011 and “Why Not Me” in 2015. Mindy’s humour, confidence and ambition has fuelled her boundless success, all while inspiring women from all over the world, and we cannot contain our excitement in having her as our final keynote of BEYOND 2020! Put the champagne on ice—is it November yet?!
“2020 has changed everything. It’s changed the way we show up. How we communicate. The way we work. And what it takes to grow,” co-founder Taryn Herritt said in a statement.
Other speakers at this one-day digital conference on November 12 include Glennon Doyle, the New York Times-bestselling author of Untamed; Angela Duckworth, an American academic, psychologist and author; and Sarah Lewis, an associate professor of History of Art & Architecture and African & African American Studies at Harvard University.
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📣 SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT 📣 So, this is BIG. Our next speaker announcement is from a woman who wrote the book that could very well be considered THE book of the summer. We can hardly contain our excitement at our next speaker announcement for Beyond 2020: the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Founder of Together Rising, Glennon Doyle (@glennondoyle)! Glennon Doyle is the author of one of the most popular books of 2020, UNTAMED, which was chosen as Reese’s Book Club selection. She's also the author of New York Times bestsellers LOVE WARRIOR (an Oprah’s Book Club selection) and CARRY ON, WARRIOR. ✏️ An activist and thought leader, Glennon is the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthropy – raising over $25 million for women, families, and children in crisis. 💕 In Untamed, Glennon shares, "The braver I am, the luckier I get”; and if we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that we’ve all needed to tap into our courage to push challenges in order to get to that place of luck. To that place where we can thrive. 🙌 We cannot wait for Glennon to share her wisdom and insights with this beautiful community! 💡 STAY TUNED as we have more MASSIVE announcements coming your way, including two more keynote speakers! #theateliercollective #thrivebeyond2020
The Atelier Digital conference will be split into two tracks: “one for tenacious entrepreneurs who are looking to expand their business in a year of significant change and one for ambitious women in careers who are looking to climb and adapt to the new work environment.” Topics covered over the course of the day will include how to identify growth opportunities during a crisis, how to support BIPOC women and create meaningful change, how to goal-set and strategize in an ever-changing landscape, and more.
The virtual event will run from 9.30am to 5pm EST, reconvening at 7.30pm for the closing keynote speech by Kaling. A digital ticket for the event costs $99, while a VIP ticket (which includes a curated Atelier Experience Box of assorted products from Canadian women-run small businesses plus a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne) costs $199. Get your tickets here.
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