Meet our Hosts, Participants & Sponsors

Laura Connor - Event Co-Host

Laura is a LinkedIn marketing trainer, visibility strategist and self-publisher. She loves helping business owners increase their visibility and position themselves as industry leaders.

She is the author of the Destination Me! Activity Book Series for Girls & Boys, along with six other medium content books. She is also a Distinguished Toastmaster and has served two terms as President of Markham Toastmasters.

When Laura is not working, you'll find her watching episodes of Monk or cheering her sons on at their music and sporting activities. New friends and old look forward to watching her Feel Good Friday dance videos on social media.

Destination Me! For Kids – Careers Coloring Book. Learn About 26 Great Trailblazing Men and Women of Color from A-Z.

Suzen Fromstein - Event Co-Host

Suzen is a relatively new Markham resident – she moved here three years ago to be close to her eldest son’s family. She adores her three grandchildren.

Suzen joined Markham Toastmasters in 2022. Her professional career is devoted to the communications arts in the financial, insurance, architecture, and engineering spaces. She continues to offer her services as a freelance content provider, marketer, and executive speech writer/presentations coach.

In the last ten years Suzen has published two business, one comedy, and one murder mystery book.

The Grin Reaper – A Humorous Look at Death & Dying (with a few jokes thrown in) co-authored with stand-up comic/musician Mike Nemiroff.

Lisa Pinnock - Author Panelist

Lisa is a speaker, writing coach and life-long learner. She is also a four-time best-selling and award-winning author. She loves inspiring women to step into their power and light through community building, advocacy work, and impactful group writing experiences.

Lisa leads a local group of heart-centred entrepreneurial women with FemCity where she is also a Global Member and facilitates workshops on their platform. Lisa walks her talk, and stepped up as one of our great, local sponsors.

Women, Let’s Rise: This moving collection of personal journeys, insights, and wisdom encourages women to use their natural talents of self-reflection, connection, and collaboration to influence and inspire.  

Helen Xenidis - Author Panel Moderator

While Helen has enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry, in 2009 she literally had a midlife awakening that changed the trajectory of her life. Her journey has evolved into her passion to redefine how we approach to midlife.  

Helen is an award-winning public speaker, an avid global traveller, and a pro-aging midlife maven! She is passionate about encouraging women to question their ideas about aging and looks forward to midlife unencumbered by social stereotypes.  

Meet our Event Sponsors

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