Membership Luncheons

November Luncheon: How Your Business Can Support Diversity & Inclusivity

Thursday, November 19, 2020
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The discrimination and inequalities of BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) communities across the world led to many businesses releasing official statements of support for Black Lives Matter. But how do you ensure those statements are backed up by authentic and meaningful action?

During our November virtual luncheon we will hear from Francine Bahati and Odette Bahati Bueckert, two of the three Co-Founders of Black Owned Business Manitoba.

The platform Black Owned Business Manitoba, launched in June, highlights, promotes and celebrates black owned businesses, professionals, and creatives in Manitoba. Francine and Odette will share their story and share the positive impact of hiring and practicing diversity, equity and inclusion.”

VIRTUAL KEYNOTE
Thursday, November 19, 2020

VIRTUAL KEYNOTE PROGRAM
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Hopin Webinar
1
1:30 a.m. – Webinar Opens / Exhibitors
12:00 p.m. – Program Starts
12:10 p.m. – Keynote Address
12:40 p.m. – Virtual Networking Roundtable

  • Participate in virtual networking roundtables
    (max. 10 members)
  • Debrief what you learned and share your thoughts with other local business and community leaders
  • Connect with a purpose and build meaningful relationships (maybe even schedule a coffee date in the future!)

​1:00 p.m. – Program Ends

Free to attend for Members

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About Our Keynote

Ima Ekanem (left), Odette Bahati Bueckert, and Francine Bahati co-founders of Black Owned Business Manitoba (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Francine Bahati and Odette Bahati Bueckert
Co-Founders of Black Owned Business Manitoba

Francine Bahati and Odette Bahati Bueckert are two of the 3 founders of Black Owned Business Manitoba. They are also siblings!

For those of you who may not know, Black Owned Manitoba is a business directory which was launched this past June and highlights, promotes and celebrates black owned businesses, professionals, and creatives in Manitoba. The goal of Black Owned Manitoba is to empower the black community to pursue entrepreneurship and build sustainable wealth that can be passed on to the next generation.

Francine and Odette aim to give the black community in Manitoba a voice, promote economic opportunities through entrepreneurship advocating for black professionals to be represented in positions of power in larger organizations and corporations.

Francine and Odette are business owners themselves. Francine is the owner and founder of Queenfidence Cosmetics by Francine B which is an all-inclusive black-owned beauty brand which sells cruelty free and vegan makeup. Odette is the founder of Timely Staging & Design which provides professional home staging and design services in Winnipeg, MB and surrounding areas.

Francine and Odette are from a small town in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At a young age, they were forced to flee their home country due to the civil war. They migrated to Winnipeg in December of 2012 after living in Uganda as refugees for 10 years.