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Successful women recognized during luncheon (3 photos)

StartUP Sault Ste. Marie hosts International Women's Day networking event at The Machine Shop

Certified life coach Tammy Ovey says that she knew it was time to pursue another passion of hers and make the leap into entrepreneurship.  

“I worked 18 years in youth justice, so I’ve had a lot of training in learning how to work with people and understand,” said Ovey. “I have a background in addictions, psychology and group dynamics - it’s always been a part of me - and working with the population, I did a lot of this stuff already.”

Ovey, who opened Success U Life by Design this past fall, was invited to share her success story with more than 50 female entrepreneurs and professionals who attended StartUP Sault’s Women’s Success Luncheon Wednesday afternoon in order to network while celebrating International Women’s Day.

“Now I’m able to help people on a different level - those that are ready and need that one-to-one attention, or need that focused attention to help them move forward,” said Ovey. “I’m a like a cheerleader, you know, your personal cheerleader or your accountability partner.”

“I will ask you those questions that nobody like to be asked, but very necessary to be asked.”

StartUP Sault Ste. Marie founder and community lead Nevin Buconjic says that Wednesday’s networking luncheon at The Machine Shop - the result of a partnership between the Business Development Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust and StartUP - is being held to celebrate International Women’s Day a couple days early while providing an opportunity for successful women in the community to network.

“I think it’s important to recognize women, especially women entrepreneurs,” Buconjic told SooToday. “They’re often unrecognized for the contributions they’re making to the economy, to the community.”

Ovey was honoured to be asked to speak in front of a number a successful women during the event, albeit a little nervous about the whole idea.

“You know, it’s an honour and a privilege, and I’m not going to lie, it’s a little nerve-wracking,” she said. “But this is part of my life now. I made a choice to change my career, and the thing about being a great coach is being a great speaker and a writer.”

International Women’s Day takes place March 8.

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James Hopkin

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James Hopkin is a reporter for SooToday in Sault Ste. Marie
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