Startup YMM Re-Launches Speaker Series Online: Thinkers. Inventors. Doers.

Speakers include David Segal, Debbie Travis, Arlene Dickinson and Johnny Cupcakes.

“We understand we are in challenging times and look forward to this speaker series offering inspiration and experience that will encourage participants to continue to persevere and adapt,” says Natasha Hartson, Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation for FMWBEDT.

The first event takes place on January 19, 2021 with David Segal sharing his experiences as co-founder of DAVIDsTea and his newest venture based out of Ottawa, Mad Radish. Segal’s presentation will help today’s leaders step into their multi-faceted role as the visionary, facilitator and idea champion within their organizations. The speaker series continues with its prominent line up of speakers:

  • Debbie Travis, on February 17, 2021
  • Arlene Dickinson, on March 10, 2021
  • Johnny Cupcakes, on April 12, 2021

“Bringing speakers of this calibre to our community gives us an excellent platform to inspire and remind people that Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo is a great place to start, grow and scale a business,” says Kevin Weidlich, President & CEO of FMWBEDT.

To view the schedule and secure your ticket for this virtual series click here. There are 200 tickets available per event and it’s free to register!

Speaker Details:

David Segal — January 19, 2021

Segal, is the co-founder of DAVIDsTEA, a retail visionary and branding expert. In his compelling talk, Segal takes audiences through the five criteria that make for a compelling product; the most important qualities to look for in your people; and shares tips on how you can put your own ego aside to move your business forward.

*Debbie TravisFebruary 17, 2021*

Travis is a beloved, trusted and inspiring media icon throughout the world. She has starred in and produced several popular design shows, she is a best-selling author and has created a popular branded line of consumer products. Travis will share the tools that helped transform her life, using her wit and her common-sense advice, she will help motivate anyone who finds themselves standing at a crossroads wondering “What’s next for me?”

Arlene Dickinson — March 10, 2021

Dickinson is the general partner of District Ventures Capital, a three-time best-selling author, and accomplished public speaker. She is most widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning television series – Dragons’ Den. Dickinson will discuss why marketing must be a top concern of leadership, and why creativity and accountability go hand-in-hand.

Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle — April 12, 2020

Earle, the founder of world-renowned tee-shirt brand, Johnny Cupcakes, is known for helping people create blueprints for building brand loyalty, creating memorable experiences and inspiring innovation. Earle is an experienced speaker, bringing his contagious energy to each presentation he does. He shows participants how to reinvent themselves by developing a permanent sixth sense for solving problems with a creative entrepreneurial mindset.