Women of Inspiration 2017
Every woman has a story! Celebrating the difference makers, the game changers
and the movers and shakers in our community who inspire others to greatness!
Women of Inspiration Awards, Speakers, Marketplace supporting HomeFront - 2017 Date TBA.
Nominate A Woman Of Inspiration
Deadline: May 31, 2017
Women of Inspiration Breakfast and White Hat Celebration
2017 Date TBA
All details will be announced March 8, 2017
A Woman of Inspiration is an extraordinary woman who demonstrates courage, confidence, commitment, and integrity. She is an everyday hero, a game changer, a difference maker, and a mover and shaker in our local, national or international community. She inspires others to greatness.
#WOI2017 – Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary
Join us September, 30 as we celebrate Canada’s Anniversary with 150 Women of Inspiration and present awards to Women of Inspiration in 10 categories.
This year we are celebrating our 3rd Annual Women of Inspiration. (Date of #WOI2017 will be announced March 8 on our International Women’s Day event.) Join us for an inspirational breakfast to celebrate women who inspire others to greatness and support HomeFront.
Our sold out inaugural event in 2015 welcomed 200 women who gathered to celebrate, network, and recognize difference makers in our community. Our 2015 Woman of Inspiration, Diane Harms was presented with a White Hat by Deputy Mayor Diane Colley-Urquhart and Manjit Minhas. Celebrity speakers and guests included Michelle Morgan of CBC’s Heartland TV Show, Brett W. Wilson, Sophie Serafino and Aly Pain.
In 2016, attendance at our event doubled and we recognized nine Women of Inspiration. Our keynote speakers included: Rachel Mielke, CEO of Hillberg & Berk, Dr. Shawne Duperon of Project Forgive, local celebrities, and Olympians.
Join us this year as we celebrate Canada’s Anniversary with 150 Women of Inspiration and present awards to Women of Inspiration in 10 categories. This is a memorable business empowerment morning celebrating women who make a difference in our community. Join us to build authentic connections, network with like-minded women passionate about business and supporting each other, and be inspired by our keynote speakers. This is a premier event for women not to miss!
Dr. Shawne Duperon
Dr. Shawne Duperon, a Six-Time EMMY® winner and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, to initiate a conversation on forgiveness. No politics, no religion, just an authentic inquiry of what forgiveness means to people across the globe. The video’s compelling story of forgiveness struck a chord and went viral, having been seen by tens of thousands. Funds have been raised to produce and release a documentary, slated to air in 2016 on PBS. Today, Project: Forgive is officially endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and reaches millions of people each month in social media. This unprecedented response was the catalyst for the Project: Forgive Foundation a 501c3 non-partisan, non-religious leader foundation committed to educating students and business leaders and in mastering skills such as collaboration, integrity, diversity, compassion and forgiveness in the workplace.
Rachel Mielke, CEO of Hillberg & Berk, is one of the most promising rising stars in the Canadian luxury and jewelry industry. Mielke’s unmistakable designs have been spotted on red carpets and VIPs, and the brand’s signature aesthetic has brought a breath of fresh air to Canadian jewelry design. Rachel’s ascent, marked by once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, carried her from a kitchen operation to leading a fast-growing company. Hillberg & Berk retails in over 60 locations across Canada, and the brand now has five retail stores in Regina, Saskatoon, and Edmonton.
W. Brett Wilson is one of Canada’s best-known entrepreneurs and innovative philanthropists. Recognized from his time on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, in this book Brett opens up to share his experiences and how he was forced to re-prioritize his life; putting health and relationships first.
Shauna Walker, Spa Director at The Spa Ritual is an avid spa goer and inspiration behind The Spa Ritual. She is passionate about the guest experience and is an advocate for healthy lifestyles. The culmination of Shauna’s vision to create a refined spa experience, inspired by the gracious hospitality experienced during her travels to South East Asia, is The Spa Ritual, a quality day spa located in NW Calgary. Shauna has instilled her passions into her creation, carefully cultivating The Spa Ritual program, which honors and respects each Guest, inviting him or her on a person path to rejuvenation.
As Spa Director of The Spa Ritual, Shauna mentors and inspires her team of professionals to make a difference in the life of each guest – by planting a tiny seed of self-rejuvenation as the cornerstone to wellness during every spa experience. Following lessons learned from her own life experiences, Shauna deeply believes in the vital need of “taking time out” to reset and renew the process of our bodies and minds.
Maggie MacKillop moved from Boston to Calgary in 2000 and joined the pilot project that eventually grew into the agency known as HomeFront. HomeFront works through an integrated approach alongside police, justice, and community agencies to free families from domestic violence. Since 2014, she is the HomeFront executive director with over 25 years of experience in the field of domestic violence, and 14 years experience with the agency. MacKillop has received extensive training in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, threat assessment, risk management and forensic investigations. She was the recipient of the Jim Gray Safer Calgary Award in 2011 for her outstanding contributions to domestic violence prevention work in the city of Calgary, and in 2015 was awarded an Alberta Community Justice Award from the Government of Alberta.
Michelle is currently starring in the hit dramatic television series CBC’s HEARTLAND, now in its seventh season. She plays the character of Lou Flemming, the prodigal daughter who returns to the Heartland Ranch from New York after her mother’s death. After winning over a huge audience in Canada, HEARTLAND is now airing in the United States and many countries around the world. Michelle is the fourth of six children from a Chilean-Canadian family. She was born in Calgary and grew up in Toronto and Vancouver. Michelle is an advocate for HomeFront and for many years has volunteered with Women’s Shelter’s across Canada, developing drama workshops for children and public speaking workshops for mothers.
In May 2014, Monica launched Canadian Business Chicks with a big vision to create a community of professional and entrepreneurial women with a passion for business and profit who embrace life with courage, confidence, commitment, and integrity. Monica’s vision included creating a legacy event to honor Diane Harms, a Women of Inspiration in her world. Monica believes that every woman has a story, a unique gift to bring to the table and is passionate about celebrating women who inspire others to greatness.
Increasing Confidence In Business And Life…
Canadian Business Chicks is full of open and engaging women all eager to hear about each other's business ventures, with a focus on building each other up and increasing confidence in business and life! Monica is an incredible leader and hostess, and meant for the position she holds.Sonja FranzmannEntrepreneur - Personal Training. Nutrition. Lifestyle Consulting.
I love the idea of honoring a Woman of Inspiration because of the word “INSPIRATION” instead of women competing with each other. We can draw inspiration and support each other.Michelle MorganCBC’s Heartland and HomeFront Advocate
Women In Business Need A Place To Go.
We are resilient beyond words! A community, or “nest,” where women can share, support, plan, create, talk, and take the time to be women of vision, is a gift we can give ourselves. Our company, Empower, will continue to work with Canadian Business Chicks and refer anyone we meet to join as well. The more we empower each other, the more women that reach their desired success.Deb BatemanEmpower Cosmetics International - Director Marketing, Sales and Training
A Woman of Inspiration influences others to see the greatness in ourselves and make a difference in the lives of others. Every woman has a story!Monica KretschmerFounder & CEO, Canadian Business Chicks & Women of Inspiration