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April 19th, 2018    
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The theme of IABC/BC’s 6th annual signature storytelling event this year is Imposter Syndrome.

As we navigate our communication careers, there are times we experience moments of self-doubt. Can I do this job? Am I qualified? What if everyone in the room is smarter than me? Do I really deserve this? These feelings of inadequacy persist even in the face of evidence to the contrary.

Whether we’ve been thrown in the deep-end, promoted when we didn’t feel ready,  jumped into a brand new arena, or taken a big risk, these moments of doubt and uncertainty are common, but rarely discussed.

Luckily, the best way to beat imposter syndrome is to talk about it! More often than we realize, others share the same worries – even (or especially) the most accomplished, inspiring and successful among us.

On Thursday, April 19, you’ll hear from eight speakers who’ll bravely take the stage, to share five-minute stories of times they’ve tackled imposter syndrome. Stories of confronting doubts and pushing through, with advice that may be helpful to you in your career.

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You will be entertained, inspired and surprised by these vulnerable and powerful stories:

Lesli Boldt
President, Boldt Communications Inc, @LesliBoldt

Lesli is President of Boldt Communications Inc., a Vancouver-based communications and community relations firm founded in 2001. She’s a seasoned communications and public affairs professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry and over a decade of experience in consulting with clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.


Rob Cottingham
Principal, Social Signal, @RobCottingham

Rob Cottingham is a speechwriter and leadership communications strategist. For nearly 30 years, he has helped civic, nonprofit and business leaders connect with audiences digitally and offline. He’s the cofounder of social media firm Social Signal, and writes on leadership communications at


Glauce Fleury
Communications & Publications Specialist, Douglas College, @glaucef

After a decade working in public relations, Glauce left Brazil to attend a professional writing program in Canada. She graduated, was hired to coordinate publications for a post-secondary institution and made Vancouver home. She’s a former journalist, specialized in education and health, and is now discovering the benefits of tai chi.


Deborah Folka, APR, FCPRS, LM
Principal, DLF Communications, @dlfcmu

Deborah Folka, APR, FCPRS, LM, is a senior public relations professional and crisis communications management specialist with 25 years of experience as an independent consultant. She has provided strategic counsel to a wide range of public and private sector clients in a variety of industries and professions throughout North America.


Vince Kanasoot
Communications Specialist, Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, @Van_City_Vince

From sailing the seas as a dancer with Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises, to working in corporate communications, Vince is always up for new adventures. He is a communications specialist for Chartered Professional Accountants of BC and is also an arts reporter for Daily Hive and The Georgia Straight.


Anasuya Kesavan
Content Developer, Technical Safety BC, @anasuyak7

Anasuya has an extensive background in communications and writing. She has worked in four countries. As a journalist, she has co-authored a book, My Business@Bahrain: Entrepreneurial Success Stories. She is on the verge of completing a third degree in Communications at SFU.


Kim Mech, CAAP, Immediate Past President, BCAMA
Director, Marketing & Communications, UBC Sauder School of Business, @Kim_Mech

Kim is a seasoned marketer with more than 20 years in marketing throughout North America and globally. Starting agency side in Eastern Canada and moved to client side in Vancouver. Kim has worked in travel, telecommunications, hi-tech, technology and financial services. She was President of the BCAMA for three years.


Quinn Newcomb, MA, CMP, CPHR
Vice President, Human Resources, Learning & Engagement, Technical Safety BC, @TechSafetyBC

Quinn is currently Vice President of Human Resources, Learning and Engagement at Technical Safety BC, the 400-person provincial organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. A seasoned HR and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, Quinn currently leads HR and talent management, as well as the marketing, public relations and stakeholder engagement teams.

Event Details


Registration and networking 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Event from 6:00 p.m.
Speakers start promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Program closes at 8:30pm

Registration fees

Registration includes a complimentary drink and appetizers catered by Roaming Dragon, Vancouver’s award-winning Pan-Asian food truck.

Regular Tickets (after April 6):

Members: $55
Non-Members: $75
Student Members: $30
Student Non-Members: $35

Looking to build your network? See who’s already bought their ticket!


VSO School of Music,
843 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4

Thank you to our event sponsor

Smart + Savvy






Graphic Design Sponsor:

Addon Creative




Photography Sponsor:

Invisionation Photography