EVENT REGISTRATION: Gather & Connect
Join us for GATHER & CONNECT no.1 —
An evening of inspiring conversation and connection. Featuring a panel of trail-blazing women in creative and entrepreneurial careers who share the trials, triumphs, and cultivation of courage along their journeys.
Thursday February 27, 6:30-10pm
Sol Atelier – 52 St. Lawrence St, Toronto
With panelists: Nike Onile, Christie Pinese, Elaine Regio, Aisha Addo, Cynthia Nguyen
– Inspiring panel discussion (audience participation is encouraged)!
– Light snacks & beverages to be served
THE PANEL DISCUSSION —
Featuring trail-blazing women in Toronto's fashion, design, retail, media & tech spaces. Gain inspiration & insights on their inspiring careers – from when they first discovered their true calling, to lessons learned, challenges in their industries, bringing innovative ideas to life, cultivating courage when faced with fear and self-doubt, and more.
Nike Onile – Artist, Creative Director + Principal Designer of 8OO SQ FT.
Nike is an artist, small space expert and Principal of 8OO SQ FT design firm. Her relentless passion to explore the humanity in design has earned her a reputation amongst a new generation of pacemakers shaping Canadian cities.
She first hit the public eye with her launch of The APT by 8OO SQ FT, Canada’s first shoppable apartment. She and the captivating narrative of the then 497 sq. ft. shoppabble apartment were featured on CityTV, National Post, Conde Nast Traveller, Toronto Star, Enroute Magazine, and more. Recently, Nike's career has expanded into a media personality – appearing on Cityline, and collaborating with brands like HomeSense, Lowes, Benjamin Moore, Ikea, and Elte.
Christie Pinese – Business / Shop Owner, Rose City Goods
Christie grew up in Windsor, Ontario which is nicknamed the Rose City. Prior to opening Rose City Goods, she worked in corporate retail management and decided to merge her passion for design with her business experience to create a more sustainable retail experience. Rose City Goods is an homage to Christie's roots and a space to showcase independent designers and artisans, while being kind to our planet.
Elaine Regio – Fashion Editor & Stylist
Elaine is an award winning fashion editor and stylist with over a decade of experience. Modern and forward thinking, her ability to produce engaging visuals has lead her work to be featured in international editions of ELLE as well as CNN and The New York Times. She is currently the Fashion & Market Editor at ELLE Canada.
Aisha Addo – Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder of Power To Girls & DriveHER
Aisha's greatest passion lies in ensuring girls around the world are provided with the guidance and resources that help them identify their true purpose to reach their full potential. She founded Power To Girls Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers young girls the mentors, role models and programming. She is the recipient of the Young Black and Gifted Award for Community Service and was also named a Black Diversity Group Role Model, One of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada, and more. DriveHER, the ride-sharing service for women by women, is her latest initiative and the next step in her journey to continue to empower and protect women.
Cynthia Nguyen – Photographer + Designer at Shopify
Cynthia is a Toronto-based photographer and designer, fulfilling ten years of design and photography. She launched her website, Pinch of Chic in 2014, creating and collaborating with both high-profiled and independent labels through creative directing and producing digital content in her pass time. During the day, she’s the senior designer at Shopify, building products and campaigns to help support and shape the lives of merchants and overall commerce.
*The panel will be moderated by – Allison Asis, Founder & Designer of Cadette Jewelry
Please note: This is an intimate gathering – only a limited number of spots are available.
Allison Asis of Cadette Jewelry introduced Cadette Studio in 2019 with a mission to host community-driven experiences that enable like-minded individuals to gather and engage in genuine connection, conversation, and creative practice.