Women's Day Brunch Encourages Women To Step Out Of Their Comfort Zone

It was a packed house for Press for Progress at LaSalle's Ambassador Golf Club Sunday.

More than 100 people gathered in support of International Women's Day.  Anthony Leardi moderated a panel that included IBM's Michael Akpata, Oxley Estate Winery's Jody Goslin, St. Clair College's Veronique Mandal, and Enwin Utilities CEO Helga Reidel.

Master of Ceremonies and St. Clair College President Patti France tells AM800 News the day is all about getting women to think outside the box.

"Today is just reflecting on how we can encourage women to think outside of the traditional vocational jobs out there to get them outside of their comfort zone, and for us to support one another," she says.

France says men and women shouldn't let anyone tell them what's "normal." She credits her own success to her willingness to step outside of her comfort zone.

"Making sure that they know that there's no limitations," says France. "Whatever they may want to do, if they have the courage to do it there are people out there that will support them in their endeavors."

She says the culture at St. Clair College is showing many women are moving away from old standards.

"The high number of females that are going into non-traditional jobs or areas of interest, skilled trades apprenticeship, bio-medical, woodworking, carpentry, architectural, we're so excited," France says.

The Essex-County International Women's Day Committee and Amherstburg's Belle Vue Conservancy organized the event.

All proceeds from the brunch go to the Belle Vue Conservancy and the LaSalle Food Bank.