12 December 2018
10:45 - 11:45 AM (1045 - 1145)
In her signature (respectfully) uncensored style, The Blue-Collar CEO™, Mandy Rennehan will candidly share her journey from a lobster-fishing family to becoming one of North America’s most successful self-made entrepreneurs. Mandy built a multi-million-dollar empire from the ground up by turning her passion into ingenuity and her personal brand into a business model. She left home at the age of 18 with an old hockey bag and a smile, and the rest is history. Always one to tell it like it is, expect candid anecdotes and practical, straight-forward advice from Mandy on:
- What defines a real leader?
- What being authentic really means?
- How to harness your Bare Potential™
Mandy Rennehan’s (a.k.a. Bear’s) contagious honesty is matched by her quick wit, East Coast humour and big heart. She left Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, at 18 with a dirty hockey bag and an audacious dream. By 19, she founded Freshco, Canada’s #1, full-service, reconstruction and retail maintenance provider with full coverage across Canada and the eastern United States.
Freshco’s state-of-the-art technology, highly-skilled team, and fun attitude, are just some of the reasons they attract and retain giant retail clients like Anthropologie, Apple, Banana Republic, Home Depot, Lululemon, Nike, Restoration Hardware, Sephora, The Gap, Tiffany & Co., plus many more.
But the story doesn’t end there…
One fateful day two prodigies, with had the same insatiable passion and respect for old-world master craftsmanship, met. Mandy and Vermont-native, architectural designer and carpenter, Dustin DuPrat formed the ‘Renaissance odd couple’, and, in 2017, founded RennDuPrat -- the 21st Century’s da Vinci of master design and custom fabrication, headquartered in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Mandy’s vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is quite simply redefining the collar, blue™ to help inspire people to join the skilled trades and solve the systemic skilled trades shortage across North America, and around the world. She is challenging perceptions about the industry and making young people, and even adults, rethink the answer to what do you want to be when you grow up? “The trades are not only lucrative and creative but are the best of both world…and that’s sexy,” says Rennehan.
Mandy’s undeniable passion for the trade industry and building people’s full potential, is why she’s a successful and multiple award-winning entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, and industry ambassador. Mandy’s (respectfully) uncensored approach to sharing her mind and experience is the main reason behind her success. It’s impossible to remain unchanged after coming into contact with this authentic, self-made, self-taught powerhouse.
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