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Smashing Barriers: Breaking and Building for Everyone

March 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Uniting to Consciously Create Change

When we come together in community, collaboration and partnership, collectively we can imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

On March 8, London Small Business CentreWomen in Communications and TechnologyTechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario, London Economic Development Corporation and the London Chamber of Commerce present Breaking and Building for Everyone. Gather virtually as a community, to share time and create space for change with Avery Francis, HR Specialist, leader in thoughts, words and actions, champion for women and all marginalized communities and Founder and CEO of Bloom. Converge in celebration of all who identify as women, as we talk strength and vulnerability, grit and balance, and unfold the collective experience of what the truth of work means and looks like for women.

Great strides have been made since the inception of International Women’s Day in 1909, but the work is just beginning. This day marks a moment to reflect on triumphs, celebrate the power, acknowledge the shortcomings and plan for strategies of change, as we revere women. The IWD 2022 theme, #BreakTheBias, captures what we embrace and work to emulate each and every day in our lives, work and community.

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A fan of growth in all its forms, Avery has spent her career helping leaders navigate the challenging world of talent, hiring, and building genuinely inclusive company cultures. An award-winning HR leader and Talent Strategist, a champion of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, Avery is a Canadian Entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Bloom, a full-service workplace design consultancy and Bloom Academy, the best-in-class digital program for immersive diversity, equity, and inclusion learning experiences, taught by the team at Bloom with special guest facilitators.

Having recently been featured in HRD Canada’s hot list in the Top 27 HR Professionals in Canada, Avery continues to play an active role as an HR Leader to watch in the growing tech space in Toronto. Always looking to what’s next, Avery works with leading startups to navigate the world of talent acquisition and build inclusive workplace cultures worth being a part of. Avery is a founder of Bridge School as well as DITTO (Diversity and Inclusion Talks TO). Formerly the Head of Talent at League and Director of Talent at, Avery currently leads Bright + Early’s talent strategy and inclusion projects. When not consulting with Toronto’s top startups, Avery loves to paint, explore the world, and read a great book.


March 8, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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