Who We Are

A bit about us…

Laurie Sterritt and Nicole Taylor-Sterritt formed a non-profit association to host the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit (IWLS). Yes, it’s just us! A mom and daughter duo producing and coordinating the IWLS.

Our mission is to bring women together to connect and be inspired. To create a network of positive thinkers and supporters. To generate enthusiasm and momentum toward a prosperous future with Indigenous women who lead!

Having struggled through personal and professional challenges over the past decade without a ‘safety net’, Laurie has envisioned a new reality–one that has close allies only a phone/Skype/Google-Hangout call away! Add to the vision Nicole’s talent for event planning and, voila! The IWLS was born.

We hope you will join us in 2019 for our second annual IWLS in Vancouver, BC from October 10 – 12!

“Being able to see the goodness in others is a gift passed on to me by my mom. I’m passionate about finding that light—seeing women find their confidence to take that next bold step in their lives.”

Gitxsan Nation, BC

Laurie Sterritt is a Partner with Leaders International and IWLS event coordinator. She is a values-based leader with over 25 years’ experience in the fields of Indigenous, government and community relations. Laurie has a passion for creating economic and social change with the participation of companies, governments and communities that have normally been at odds. Inspiring connections that lead to balanced and thoughtful partnerships, Laurie is known for her commitment to influencing diversity and inclusion within corporate Canada. She’s worked across the natural resources sectors including electric utilities, mining, forestry and LNG and has supported education and training initiatives with and for 100+ First Nation communities. Active in her community, she has been appointed by the provincial government to several Crown boards in BC and volunteers for many non-profit organizations and committees. A member of the Kispiox Band of the Gitxsan Nation, Laurie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and a Certificate in Professional Fund Raising.

“I’ve always been curious about my First Nations heritage but was never quite sure how I fit… The opportunity to use my skills to work on this project while surrounded by and learning from influential Indigenous women from across the country is teaching me that I too am an Indigenous woman who leads!”

Mixed Heritage (Gitxsan and European), BC

Nicole Taylor-Sterritt is an accomplished event coordinator and business student who’s immersed herself in the food and wine culture of BC’s Okanagan Valley. She has utilized her Culinary Management diploma and Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification to support Chefs and Winemakers in the production of the 2016 and 2017 Gold Medal Plates & the Canadian Culinary Championships. She’s also led or contributed to dozens of fundraising and themed events ranging in size from 20-800 people. Most recently, Nicole played an important role in the renowned Feast of Fields which features the best of BC’s wine, beer and spirits paired with a bounty of culinary offerings. From budgeting, to marketing and tickets sales, to volunteer management and event décor, Nicole has done it all. She’s known for fostering professional connections and she credits her success to many positive, personal and industry relationships. While completing her Business degree with a Marketing specialty, Nicole stays involved on the catering side of things and is Co-Chair of the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit.