(Main picture: Former Barack Obama campaign CEO Betsy Myers fourth from left with attendees to the International Women’s Day 2018 Event at Club Italia).


Betsy Myers, one of the key figures in Barack Obama’s successful campaign for U.S. president in 2008 was the keynote speaker today at Club Italia, where hundreds gathered in commemoration of the 40th Annual International Women’s Day. 

Hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and its Women in Niagara Council, the annual event celebrates the achievements of women in leadership, politics and business and began with a small reception where Myers shared her personal story and conviction that the hardest person we ever manage is ourselves, but if we can master that, we can accomplish much.

Myers also stressed the importance of the “new workplace culture” where “men in partnership with women is the key issue” that needs to be focused on if we are to move forward together successfully.

Below, Myers addresses questions and shares her insights with the group.


Leadership with “heart” and an inclusive mindset are also trends that Myers honed in on noting that the world is a diverse place and “inclusion is how we move forward in the new world.”

Below, Myers shares the stage with Ruth Unrau, Founder of Women in Niagara …


Below, Myers gets a few laughs from the crowd as she takes questions in the  reception prior to the main event…

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As the day progressed, attendees enjoyed vendors, a silent auction and a little mingling before the program…




Below, GNCC President and CEO Mishka Balsom addresses crowd…


Prior to the keynote speech, Mary Ann Edwards below, speaks to the crowd as she accepts her 2018 International Women’s Day Award. Edwards is well know in Niagara for her volunteer work and has raised more than $7.5 million for cancer patients and survivors in Niagara as director of the Rankin Cancer Run.


Overall  a successful and inspiring event that left attendees with a reminder by Myers about the importance of authenticity and  collaborating with others as outdated world views of the past shift to something better.

About International Women’s Day:
International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women, as well as acting as a catalyst for change when it comes to gender equality.  It has been observed for over 100 years and is now marked around the world.

International Women’s Day falls on March 8 every year. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress.

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