Where Change Influences Growth

Jill takes advantage of every minute of every day to reach out to help others, lay tile, and mentor fellow boss babes. Did we mention she’s a mother of two? Our November Babes Who Brunch speaker will share her experiences of change and growth and inspire you to do the same.



Jill Drader is an entrepreneur who has crafted and created many projects on her own, and in collaboration with other Calgary not-for-profits and businesses. Her projects have focused on women and work, the skilled trades, and recovery from addictions and loss. Her published work has focused on women working as minorities in predominantly male environments, and entrepreneurial skill development. In the past few years Jill has shifted her work to align with more of her past life experiences, having lived through addiction and recovered from trauma, sexual assault, and loss. Last year she commenced a series of retreats, ROOTS Leadership and Spiritual Wellness retreats, and more than 120 people joined her on 10 retreats in the Rocky Mountains.

Jill has more than 15 years teaching adult education formally at Bow Valley College, SAIT, internationally, and with other private corps. She is alumni of the University of Calgary (2005), a journeyman status tile setter and stone worker (2009), and a current fourth year theology major moving into end of life pastoral care and chaplaincy. She has traveled 22 countries before settling in Calgary with her husband and two sons. Her projects have been awarded by Avenue Magazine, naming her Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, the Province of Alberta naming her an Honorable Albertan in 2015, and the University of Calgary naming her Distinguished Alumni in 2016. 

Change and growth are key to success, whether it’s personal development, career advancement, or finding your passion - you have to find change in a way that works for you. Jill Drader has used change to grow herself as a strong woman and to help women around her find their success story in the trades. If you’re looking for a voice to follow and learn from, Jill is your girl.

Her love and passion for her work has resulted in the creation of a strong knit community of women and more awareness to the gender gap on the job site. The two go hand in hand, helping women improve their wellbeing by developing confidence in themselves and a skill in the trades.

Her success stories are rooted in women supporting one another, sharing experiences and knowledge as well as coming together as a community which is why Jill is the perfect speaker for an intimate setting like Babes Who Brunch. Jill's topic? Rooting Into A New Season. She will share her story with us on how to manage change, connect to your roots and inspire growth to connect with, teach and support fellow boss babes.

Join us as we welcome Jill for our November edition of Babes Who Brunch. We can't wait to connect with you there.

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