This year's Leading Moms event boasts a number of mothers from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions that provides a snapshot of the diverse mothers who are making a difference in 21st century Vancouver.
Mi-Jung Lee will be featured as the annual event's keynote speaker. Lee is well-known as a Vancouver news anchor. But did you also know that she traveled to Brazil in 2008 as an ambassador for World Vision's Vancouver Campaign for Children in 2008?
What's more, she battled breast cancer in 2013. While her job has been focused on telling other peoples' stories, she has also been telling her own personal story to raise awareness about the disease.
She was also highlighted in a Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver 2009 article about the local Korean Canadian community.
This year will include the event's first transgender mother as a speaker: Morgane Oger. Oger is the chair of the Trans Alliance Society and has been frequently featured in the pages of the Georgia Straight speaking about transgender issues.
Oger, who was featured in the Georgia Straight's 2014 Pride issue focus on LGBT parents, is also the mother of two children. In addition to her activism, she also owns a tourism business and works as an IT cloud systems engineer. Whew!
Other speakers hail from various performing and storytelling arts: recording artist Jessie Farrell ("Let's Talk About Love", "Fell Right Into You", Take Me Outside), filmmaker Tara Hungerford of Two Story Productions, and Echo president and poet Samantha Reynolds (whose storytelling agency specializes in memoirs and company histories).
Speakers also come from various business fields: physician tech CEO Alexandra T. Greenhill, impact investment firm founder Bonnie Foley-Wong, and LOCO BC founder Amy Robinson (whose non-profit supports local businesses).
The fourth annual event will be held on September 25 from 8 a.m. to noon at Science World (1455 Quebec Street). Tickets and more information are available at the Leading Moms website.
After all, who run the world? MOMS. Of course.