This Tuesday marked the second annual “The Talk” in Toronto by bringing together five of the country’s most brilliant minds for a panel discussion. This year, it featured producer and director Barry Avrich, award-winning writer and editor Sabrina Maddeaux, celebrity fashion designer Christopher Paunil, and CBC broadcaster and writer Amanda Parris. The panel was moderated by Mantella Corporation Chief Marketing Officer Sylvia Mantella and hosted by Nicole Servinis of Breakfast Television.
This year’s topic is “Transparency of Success”, that uncovers the way these speakers paved their path in their industries through unforgettable motivating stories of struggles and achievement.
“I am so thrilled last year’s fundraising event was such a success and so well received that we are doing it again with The Talk 2.0,” says Event Co-Chair Sarah Paterson, “Our incredible speakers will share their stories that may surprise you. Success doesn’t happen overnight; there is a long battle uphill that you don’t necessarily learn about. Through these struggles, we can learn through their eyes. Education comes in different forums. This one is special and I am proud to be a part of UforChange. Without the support of our sponsors and community, we would not have been afforded to help change the narratives of youth who need it the most.”
The event kicked off with a cocktail reception and networking opportunity prior to the panel discussion. Some of the notable guests included fashion designer Mikhael Kale, Ann Kaplan Mullholland from Real Housewives of Toronto, Olunike Adeliyi of Workin’ Moms, Alli Chung of The Coroner and unREAL and much more.
The Talk is the event organized by UforChange, an organization that has been providing GTA youth with a combination of different skills to help them develop their careers. UforChange is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and throughout these years they have served more than 2,450 youth from all the GTA.
By organizing The Talk, UforChange is getting donations that are proceeding from ticket sales, which allows them to help fuel the next generation. Last year, the event raised over $77,000, with a $100,000 goal set for this year.