Forward Thinking Speaker Series

The Forward Thinking Speaker Series reflects EPL’s rich history of taking risks, trying new things, and redefining the modern library. EPL invites thought-leaders from a variety of industries speaking on a variety of topics to share their insights, ideas, experiences, and viewpoints, with the goal of helping us purposefully build better organizations, neighborhoods, and communities.

Arlene Dickinson - Lessons from the Den: The Journey to Success
"My mind is always working - no matter where I am I continue to see business opportunities all around me" - Arlene Dickinson

PLEASE NOTE: General admission tickets are now sold out. There are still a limited amount of Library Lover tickets available. 

Edmonton Public Library and the Edmonton Community Foundation are pleased to welcome entrepreneur and star of Dragons' Den,  Arlene Dickinson for the next Forward Thinking Speaker Series event. Arlene Dickinson - Lessons from the Den: The Journey to Success will take place on September 19, 2018 at the Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre. The event is presented in partnership with Women's Initiative Edmonton

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series Dragons’ Den, The Big Decision and marketing expert on Recipe to Riches. She is the author of two books, the number one bestselling book, Persuasion and the best-selling release, All In.

Can anyone be an entrepreneur? Arlene’s emphatic answer is “Yes”. In this talk, one of Canada’s most high profile business women distills a lifetime of experience to reveal everything you need to know – and do – to start, to run, and to grow a great business. On stage, she displays a palpable and infectious belief in the entrepreneurial spirit; she reminds us of the major contributions Canadians have made to international business and the entrepreneurial tradition.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7PM
WHERE: Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre
TICKETS: General admission tickets are now sold out. There are still a limited amount of Library Lover tickets available Library Lover tickets are available for $100 and include:

  • Front of the room reserved seating
  • Admission to a post-event appetizers and wine reception with Arlene Dickinson

In addition to the speaker series, we're thrilled to provide a unique experience to hear renowned Canadian entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson live! Join us at the 2018 EPL Gala for a sit-down dinner, silent auction, keynote speech from the Dragons' Den venture capitalist and more on Thursday, Sept. 20. Learn more about her presentation that she'll be doing at the Gala called Marketing Yourself

All proceeds from the event will support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

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