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Event Recap: Dr. Sandip Lalli Legacy Summit

Dr Sandip Lalli was a visionary business leader in Calgary and area. She was part of the leadership at organizations like the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Cargill Inc., and Bumble Bees Venture Capital. Through her work she was always striving to empower women. After Sandip’s passing, friends put together a GoFundMe to raise funds to honour her and her efforts to empower women and girls through sport. The funds were allocated by a committee of friends and family to host a summit for girls in sport. 

To honour Dr Lalli, a Legacy Summit was held in Okotoks, Alberta, at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School. Girls aged 8-14 were invited to attend the Summit on October 22nd for an afternoon full of empowerment. The event included three small group sessions led by amazing women in sport: two athletes from the PWHPA, Laura Dostaler and Leah Bohlken, and mental performance coach Georgia Ens. Fast and Female supported the delivery of the Legacy Summit by delivering a workshop on the Power of Positive Thinking. The 40-minute workshop focused on changing your mindset and the connection of mind, heart, and body. The girls were incredibly engaged and willing to participate and learn. The event was focused on girl hockey players in the area; however, one volunteer pointed out that the lessons being taught about positive thinking could be used in any sport, and even beyond sport. 

Girls were brought back together for a Keynote speech by Gisele Kreuger, author of The Winner Will, continuing to discuss how mental performance is important to an athlete’s success. Girls were engaged and invited to join Gisele up front to add to the conversation with their thoughts and experiences.  At the end of the event, Fast and Female was presented with a cheque for a donation of $23,400 on behalf of the Dr Sandip Lalli GoFundMe. Dr Lalli’s husband, daughter, and extended family were at the event to present the cheque. 

Fast and Female is deeply appreciative to have played a role in honouring the legacy of Dr. Sandip Lalli, a passionate advocate for girls and women in sport.