Speaking + Events
Yes, I would love to share my story at your event
But as I coach immigrants who want to open their businesses, I have realized two things:
a) OUR story matters
b) accents make us unique – what matters is the message.
The only way you grow is by mastering the uncomfortable.
Upcoming Events +
I am looking forward to speaking at these events:
Creating a Business Pitch (3-hour workshop)
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 – Students will learn how to develop an effective, concise and persuasive business pitch to an audience in this workshop. The instructor will provide a strategic canvas used in pitch fests internationally.
With a mix of videos and hands-on work, students will leave the workshop with an outline of their pitch and a strong understanding of delivering a compelling pitch in front of judges.
Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs - 1
December 18th, 2020 – There are plenty of tools, membership groups and government resources – so many that it can be hard to decide which ones to choose. In this session, we go through the must-haves vs the nice-to-have. This is brought to you in Partnership with the Ottawa Newcomer Entrepreneurs Hub.
Stepping up Your Marketing and Social Media Strategy
December 4th, 2020 – This session will explain paid vs organic marketing strategies, lead generation opportunities, PR strategies, influencer programs and other exciting marketing trends. In Partnership with the Ottawa Newcomer Entrepreneurs Hub.
December 3, 2020 – Students will learn how to develop a compelling, concise and persuasive business pitch to an audience in this workshop. The instructor will provide a strategic canvass used in pitch fests internationally. With a mix of videos and hands-on work, students will leave the workshop with an outline of their pitch and a strong understanding of how to deliver it before judges.
pricing your product/service effectively
December 1, 2020 – In this interactive course, students will learn how to price a product in a way that all Costs of Goods Sold, Labour, Packaging and other expenses associated with producing their product are taken into consideration. Oftentimes entrepreneurs undersell in an effort to move the items quickly. However, understanding how to develop an accurate pricing strategy with healthy margins will lead to great profit.
creating a business pitch
November 30, 2020 – hands-on workshop on creating a business pitch to bring to investors. This is a workshop in partnership with the Ottawa Newcomer Entrepreneurs Hub.
Networking for immigrant entreprneurs
November 23, 2020 – hands-on workshop on effective networking for aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs. This is a workshop in partnership with the Ottawa Newcomer Entrepreneurs Hub
November 3rd, 2020 – Karla Briones brings her entrepreneurial soul to YourWay Program. She shares her entrepreneurial experience, knowledge and vital advice to help existing business owners grow their business to its highest potential. In this session, Karla highlights the ratios that affect the numbers in the food business.
From immigrant to entrepreneur: my story
October 27, 2020 – The WE-CAN Project is led by Queen’s University and supported by the Government of Canada. Its mission is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.
women and colour bootcamp
October 20, 2020 – Your story can change people’s lives. Karla will teach the art of storytelling to a group of diverse womxn from all walks of life at the Women and Colour Speakers Bootcamp.
Immigrant to Immpreneur
Would you like me to speak at your event?
Please contact me and tell me:
– Date, location and speaker budget
– Audience size
– Topic(s) you are looking for me to touch on
Past Speaking Events
She’s the Change
March 24, 2018
Speaker: From Immigrant to Entrepreneur
New Entrepreneurs of Ottawa Network (NEON)
April 25, 2018
June 2, 2018
Immigrant Entrepreneurship panel discussion with City Councillor Mathieu Fleury
World Skills: Career Bootcamp
September 15, 2018
Guest Speaker and Business Mentor for high skilled newcomers
In-Tac Virtual Seminar
April 27, 2018
Speaker to an online Asian audience about to immigrate to Canada interested in opening a business upon their arrival.
Youth Can Do It!
June 11, 2018
Guest Business Mentor at Invest Ottawa for 25 youth from across Canada
September 30, 2018
Karla will be joining the Immigrant Women’s Small Business Expo hosted at the City Hall in Ottawa as a panelist speaking on the topic of minimum wage increases and the impact it is having on our businesses. This is a free all-day event full of learning, networking and exhibitors.
Slaven Radic, BUSINESSMAN
“Great presentation, excellent summary of what to be aware of, without overwhelming the audience. I would recommend it – looking forward to attending the future ones.”
Jennifer Fieldhouse, ALGONQUIN COLLEGE
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