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Social entrepreneur headlining annual Kathy Barnett luncheon

Toronto business leader Theresa Laurico will speak in Whistler next month



The theme this year for the annual Kathy Barnett Memorial Fund Luncheon is "Empowering for Change” and the guest speaker for the event is confirmed. Social entrepreneur Theresa Laurico is going to speak at the event on Friday, March 7.

Laurico launched the SociaLIGHT Conference in Toronto. The annual conference is billed as the ultimate leadership and entrepreneurship event. It’s focused on empowering and inspiring startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners with an emphasis on people, the planet and profit, often referred to as the triple bottom line. The conference is expanding beyond Toronto with a Vancouver event scheduled for June 7. The annual Toronto conference is scheduled for November. Previous SociaLIGHT conferences in Toronto have included guest speaker lineups consisting of business leaders, authors and media producers. One of the best-known presenters at previous SociaLIGHT events is Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group.

Laurico is a media producer who has done projects with CTV, Muchmusic, HGTV, Rogers and Citytv.

Other projects led by Laurico include national campaigns benefiting people in the Philippines, Kenya, Peru and Tibet. The Tibet project provided eye restoration surgeries for 208 people in that country.

Laurico’s Whistler presentation will be held at the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa from noon until 2 p.m. Tickets for the lunch event are $65 or $600 for a table of ten people.

Television news broadcaster Sophia Lui will host the lunch. This year marks the memorial fund’s fourth year.

To date, the luncheon has raised more than $65,000. The funds support women in Whistler by providing educational grants.

Tickets for the luncheon are available through the Whistler Chamber of Commerce.

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