The upcoming Sept 21st Women of Insight ‘Retreat in the City’ will feature five incredible speakers, all of them strong and successful women who will share their experiences as they worked their way to success. I’ve dedicated the last few blog posts to introducing you to these inspiring women.

Diane Portraits-015-EditThis last (but certainly not least) profile features lingerie legend and community crusader Diane Thomson.

Providing compassionate care, serving others with a personal and professional commitment, that is what Diane Thomson has honored throughout the course of her career. During which she became known as one of Vancouver’s most successful retailers, a business leader and community champion.

Diane’s Lingerie, widely respected as one of Vancouver’s leading intimate apparel retailers, flourished amid thirty years of change and growth. This growth occurred specifically because of this entrepreneur’s steadfast commitment to the vision and mission statement she set for her business.

In addition to her many business accomplishments over her working career, Diane also devoted herself to serving her community in a variety of key roles. Ms. Thomson, a crusader for breast cancer, focused much of her time on assisting breast cancer survivors, while raising awareness and funds to fight breast and other forms of cancer. Her strong commitment to BC/Yukon Region of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation was a natural for her. Her generous involvement here earned her the designation ‘Best Friend of the Foundation,’ but Thomson might say it’s another means of promoting the well-being of the community she knows best.

Not only was Ms. Thomson an industry leader, she was also a Director of other major Associations who services not only included the retail sector but also included supporting women with their career aspirations. However, her most passionate commitment remains in the quest to help in the fight against breast cancer.

Diane has remained dedicated to empowering women of all walks of life with her gift of knowledge, hope, encouragement and support.

At Retreat in the City, Diane will talk about her career from the beginning, from opening the doors of Diane’s Lingerie in 1983 to the subsequent sale in 2012. Be inspired by Diane’s journey, and the stories of our other speakers, Mary Cantando, Bobs & Lolo, and Natacha Beim. See you there!