Bringing Businesswomen & Supporters Together to Further Their Success

Written by Tri-Cities Chamber’s Women in Business Committee

First published in the Tri-City News on Thursday, February 24, 2021

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion where our members can thrive. With a focus on empowering women, the Chamber together a powerful group of accomplished female professionals, emerging leaders, and young self-starters to create a Women in Business (WiB) Committee.

Established in the fall of 2017, the WiB Committee is responsible for the advocacy, motivation, encouragement, development and strengthening of female talents and leadership in the Tri-Cities. These women include Vivien Symington (Chair), Hema Bhatt, Lora Covinha, Navdeep Duggal, Sandra Horton, Claire MacLean, Dana Martin, Carol Meta Murray, Gauri Ratna, Fatma Taha, and Lisa van Reeuwyk.

Seeking to bring together women, those who self-identify as women, and those who self-express as women through educational seminars, networking events, and women-focused initiatives, the WiB Committee is committed to championing women in business.

Striving for the success of all women, the Tri-Cities Chamber and the WiB Committee are passionate about supporting the emotional, financial, mental, and physical strength of women in the Tri-Cities — altogether, we work towards building a community in which women thrive.

Join us on Tuesday, March 8, for an unforgettable event that will connect, empower, and motivate everyone in the room, as we celebrate the achievements of women and raise awareness against bias at our eighth annual International Women’s Day event. With a focus on forging equality, the event will feature inspiring keynotes by Robyn Chisholm, Vice President and Head of Business Banking, BC, and Yukon Region at Scotiabank, and Christine Mackenzie, First Nation Artist and owner of Sneaky Native Art, an engaging panel discussion on
overcoming gender bias, and more.

The WiB Committee is also looking towards reintroducing in-person educational and networking events in 2022, pandemic-pending. To learn more about the Tri-Cities Chamber WiB Committee and Program, and for upcoming WiB events and initiatives, visit or connect with us on Instagram @tricities_wib.