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Grand Potential Podcast


The last two years have seen a whirlwind of change in consumer behavior. Now, as we emerge from the pandemic, it’s time to take stalk of what shifts have become permanent, and what that means to your business in terms of risks and opportunity. This presentation will look at not only consumer trends, but also macro business and technology trends, with a particular focus on digital and social media marketing, to help you better prepare for the impact in 2023.

Buckle up. As always, it’s going to be an informative and fun ride!

Date: November 17, 2022 (Thursday)

11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT Time converter
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm GMT (UK)

Location: Free on Zoom (Non-members may attend 2 Grand Connections for free)

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Mary Charleson is a Marketing and Media Strategist, President of and founder of She’s a thought leader, speaker and author.

Mary has two books, Word of Mouth Mouse & Mobile and Five-Minute Marketing, each featuring tips for the time-starved business leader. She’s is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Global Speakers Federation, and is one of fewer than 12% of speakers globally who hold the designation of CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). Her career spans over 20 years in media, advertising and education. She has been a popular marketing instructor at City University of Seattle, NYIT (New York Institute of Technology), Capilano University, Acsenda School of Management, and guest lecturer at UBC Sauder School of Business. Mary has worked with hundreds of business and organizations to improve their marketing efforts through consulting and speaking. A contributor to Business in Vancouver since 2002 and a monthly marketing columnist for the Huffington Post, her work has also been published in the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun, Marketing Magazine, Strategy, Zoomer, Cottage and Outside magazine. Mary is a frequent guest on CBC TV news offering her opinion on marketing and business trends.


You Never Know Who You Will Meet!
Members have made many lasting relationships in the group that have turned into collaborative ventures, podcast interviews, partnerships, referral partners and good clients! The opportunity is to meet with like minded businesses to share skills, receive advice and collaborate! Strategic alliances are an essential part of succeeding in your grand adventure.

What to Expect:
The Grand Connection community is a fun, welcoming group of like-minded businesses and professionals with an intention to support each other to grow and scale our businesses. At our speaker event, we curate the best of the best global speakers to provide you with timely business education and inspiration to move your business forward. You will have opportunities to connect, create, and collaborate in the warm-up networking breakouts and in the masterminds. These masterminds are small group discussions that take a deeper dive into the speaker’s topic. Please have your camera, good lighting and microphone available. Practice your short introduction ahead and have a short write-up prepared to share in the chat.

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