Ask Women Anything: Women Influencers in Ottawa


Our next panel features amazing women who influence the Ottawa community in many ways, on May 25, 2017 at Bar Robo.

Presented by Media Action, Ask Women Anything is a series of unique, intimate evenings that give Ottawa’s most influential women a chance to share their thoughts and answer your questions without the filter of the media. Come on out on May 25, 2017, to chat with our panelists! Check out their bios below:

After a successful early career as a special education teacher, Katie Hession found time during a maternity leave to build a new career in the worlds of fashion and social media. She now runs an Ottawa-based fashion Instagram called YOW City Style, is a regular columnist in Ottawa At Home and The Kit Compact magazines and has taken on the role of fashion stylist for Bayshore Shopping Mall. Leveraging these experiences, Katie continues to explore new opportunities in fashion, style, and writing.


Chantal Sarkisian, a.k.a Chantsy, is a seasoned Marketing and Communications creative with expertise in Business development, Digital Strategy, and Social Media. Chantsy is passionate about her roles as a style blogger and Instagram lifestyle influencer. She loves sharing personal stories and is proud to be an Ottawa locavore, a beauty expert, a foodie, and an advocate for the empowerment and representation of plus-size women in the fashion industry. A completely self-made woman, Chantal’s success on the local fashion and lifestyle scene was not achieved overnight. Taking advantage of her outgoing personality and the power of social media, Chantal effectively uses channels, like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to engage her audience and build her network both online and in person. You can catch Chantal’s regular Fashion segments on CTV Morning Live (Ottawa), where she chats about the local fashion scene in Ottawa and styles trendy looks for women of all shapes and sizes. In her not-so-spare time, she juggles being a wife, mom, and shopaholic.


Amy Karlin is a communications and marketing professional who’s been in the industry for over a decade. From running her own PR and events agency to working in federal government communications, she’s worn a lot of hats and knows how to hustle. Currently she’s a digital marketing specialist at the National Arts Centre, where she collaborates with Facebook Canada and others to develop killer digital content. Whenever she’s not at the NAC, she’s scouring Ottawa and beyond for gems to share with her 30,000 blog readers at She’s hopelessly addicted to Instagram and is a firm believer in the power of social media to grow real relationships. In her not-so-spare time you’ll find her fundraising for cat shelters, working out at Iron North Studio, blogging about body positivity, or (most likely) eating pizza.


Little Miss Ottawa works in marketing by day and as an Instagrammer by night. Little Miss Ottawa is sparked by a love for travel. Born and raised in Ottawa, she often compares her travel destinations to Ottawa. While abroad she thought, why not post about Ottawa through a traveler’s eyes’ and celebrate everything the capital has to offer. She’s a self-taught photographer and published author in An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital. She recently released her new website/blog, Her hope with Little Miss Ottawa is to inspire people to get out and explore and that her account takes them on fun adventures.