DeGroote Women’s Professional Network – Five things I wish I knew before I started a business

Lisa Mattam will tell her story in a way that inspires not just entrepreneurs, but all professionals with goals and challenges to conquer


Date & Time

April 1, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


The Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON L7L 5R8


Early Bird Price
Until March 13, 2020
Regular Price


Leah Fleet


Join the DeGroote Women’s Professional Network for cocktails and networking on Wednesday April 1, 2020 at the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington.

The journey of any career is rarely linear and certainly the journey of entrepreneurship can feel like a roller coaster. Named by Profit Magazine as one of the Top Ten Emerging Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, Lisa Mattam, CEO, Sahajan will take you through her journey of being inspired to create a clean skincare line to the reality of challenge, resilience and success. This talk is not just for those who are entrepreneurs, but rather, Lisa will share her story in a way that inspires anyone with goals to achieve and heights to conquer.

“I did not leave my MBA thinking I would become an entrepreneur. Even though the journey looks different than I initially conceived – it’s an amazing one. I can’t wait to share my story with all of you.”

Hors D’oeuvres and a drink ticket are included with the price of your ticket. Following the event, guests are welcome to stay for coffee and additional networking.

This event is open to alumni, business community members, and students.


The Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON L7L 5R8

(506 Shannon Crescent, Burlington, ON L7L 2R8, Canada)



5:00 p.m. Registration, networking, cocktails and canapes
6:00 p.m. Presentation & Q&A
7:00 p.m. Optional networking continues + coffee & dessert
8:30 p.m. Event concludes

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Mattam, MBA ’01, CEO, Sahajan

Lisa Mattam is a proven and passionate entrepreneur.

Named by Profit Magazine as one of the Top Ten Emerging Women Entrepreneurs in Canada and recognized by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce as Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Lisa has become a thought leader in the areas of entrepreneurship, resilience, the advancement of women and diversity. She is a frequent commentator on these topics  and has been quoted in variety of media  including Fast Company, The Globe and Mail, CBC, and The Toronto Star.

With her first venture The Mattam Group, she grew a consulting firm with clients in Canada, the US, Latin America and the UAE. More specifically, she equipped Fortune 500 companies like Walmart with the tools to keep women in the C-Suite and advance diversity in the workplace. Notably, she co-authored the report, “Mom’s the Word: How Organizations can change the impact of Motherhood on Career Success” and was a contributor to the book, “Five Good Ideas”,  published by Coach House Books.

Building on that success, Lisa launched Sahajan, an evidence-based natural skincare line based on the Ancient Science of Ayurveda. With Sahajan, Lisa brings together her entrepreneurial background and her knowledge from over 15 years working in and consulting to the pharmaceutical industry to create a skincare collection that since its launch has been featured in Vogue Paris, Chatelaine and Forbes and is distributed in Canada and the US in retailers such as Indigo, The Shopping Channel and the Home Shopping Network. Lisa was the only Canadian to be selected for Sephora’s Inaugural Beauty Accelerator.

Lisa has an Honours Bachelor of Science, an MBA, and Diploma in European Business. She is a former instructor with the Schulich Executive Education Centre and sat on the board of the Rouge Valley Health System. A young leader with the BMW Foundation and an active business mentor to other start-ups, Lisa lives in Toronto with her husband and her two children.

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