The West Coast Women’s Show, western Canada’s largest women’s show, returns to TRADEX in Abbotsford October 21-23, 2016. Along with 400 booths, and 5 stages packed with entertainment, demos, and workshops, the show features a number of special guests. This year, Kathleen Baty – The Safety Chick – returns to host her very popular Street Smarts 101 and Mother/Daughter Safety Chick Chat.
The Safety Chick Kathleen Baty
I caught up with Kathleen, the Founder and CEO of Safety Chick Enterprises, over the phone last week to see what guests can expect from her Safety Chick talks, where she takes a unique and empowering approach to personal safety.
Kathleen, herself the victim of a kidnapping attempt at gun point by an obsessive stalker, teamed up with then California State Senator Ed Royce to pass the nation’s first anti-stalking law (SB2184). In 1997, she and now US Congressman Royce teamed up again to help pass the first Federal Anti-Stalking Law (H.R. 3230).
She’s spoken to millions of people through appearances on and contributing features to The Today Show, America’s Most Wanted, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, The Security Brief with Paul Viollis, and ABC World News Tonight.
“I had to learn to care about my personal safety the hard way, I had to learn every possible aspect of personal safety to stay alive, so that’s my motivation.” Kathleen said that her trial by fire still came at a price, but what she’s learned is what she teaches.
“The whole reason I started Safety Chick in the first place was because everything I always read about personal safety was always so negative and daunting, it was always written by a man. And I don’t believe that we as women respond to that. We like Sex in the City, Desperate Housewives, you go girl! Charlie’s Angels. We like to be empowered. We like to feel empowered. So that’s always been my thing.”
Kathleen’s approach is fun, relatable, positive and gets right down to the heart of the matter. She believes that personal safety starts with taking responsibility for your actions and really being aware of your surroundings.
“I love speaking to adolescent girls and their moms and trying to help give them street smarts before they have to learn it the hard way.” Her second talk at the show will be a general Safety Chick chat, focusing on 5 areas of personal safety, self awareness, and life lessons.
“It’s not about being paranoid, it’s about making smart personal safety choices so you don’t find yourself in dangerous settings in the first place.”
Catch Kathleen on the Main Stage Saturday, October 22nd at 3:30pm & Sunday, October 23rd at 11:00am for a special Mother/Daughter Safety Chick Chat. This will be her second time to the West Coast Women’s Show, and told me she loves the event:
“All these entrepreneurial women, with all these different businesses, and the best way I can describe it is walking into a Superbowl-filled arena full of empowered women, who are just there to have fun. I’m so looking forward to going back!”
West Coast Women’s Show
- When: Friday October 21, 2016 from 1:00pm to 9:30pm; Saturday October 22, 2016 from 10:00am to 9:00pm; Sunday October 23, 2016 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
- Where: TRADEX in Abbotsford (1190 Cornell Street)
- Tickets: At the door: Adults $12; Seniors (65+) $9; Seniors (65+) Friday from 1:00 to 5:00pm $7 (no coupon required); Youth (13 – 17) $9; Children (6 – 12) $4; Children (5 & under) are free. Save $2 online and in store at London Drugs!
Show themes include Fashion & Style, Home & Interior Décor, Health & Wellness, World of Taste, Natural & Organic Products, the Active Women’s Zone, Travel Showcase and the Artisan’s Marketplace.
- Friday is Girls Night Out Martini Night. Calendar Firefighters Fashion Show (Main Stage) 7:30pm
- Friday is Seniors Discount Day – Only $7 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm (65 + years)
- Saturday is Girls Night Out Martini Night. Calendar Firefighters Fashion Show (Main Stage) 7:30pm
- Sunday is Mothers & Daughters Day at the West Coast Women’s Show. The first 500 visitors to the show will receive a FREE Gift Pack from Pretty Things
Stage Schedules are available here: Main Stage, Health & Wellness Stage, Kitchen Theatre Stage, Beauty & Cosmetics Stage, Cheese Tasting Stage.
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