Articles 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Award Winners – Women Across Industries Recognized for “Raising The Bar” In Historic Year.

2020 Women of Inspiration™ Awards

Winners Announced – Women Across Industries Recognized for “Raising The Bar” In Historic Year.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Calgary, AB,  November 18, 2020)  This year we were set to recognize women across Canada with  Black-Tie Galas in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto.  But then Covid-19 hit, and Monica Kretschmer, the powerhouse founder and CEO, and heart of the Universal Womens Network™ –  the organization behind the important national awards event honoring a diverse collection of women of all ages from across industries, like so many others this year, had to think fast and work hard to make it happen.  Showing the passion and the resilience that she celebrates in other women, she refused to give up – and the result was stunning. Premier Virtual WOI2020 Awards.

Observers, nominees, and winners alike describe this year’s virtual event as both powerful – and empowering movement to SupportHER™. Now in its seventh year, the Women of Inspiration™ Awards have recognized the achievements of over 1,000 women from diverse industries, and backgrounds.

As the media sponsor for the 2020 Women of Inspiration™ awards, Postmedia is proud to congratulate all of this year’s unstoppable nominees and award recipients. We are thrilled to support The Universal Womens Network™, and the SupportHER™ members encourage women in business to fully realize and reach their potential. With the many sudden changes to the business and consumer landscape in this difficult year, the importance of recognizing women who have risen to the occasion through innovation, leadership, and perseverance continues to be paramount.  As a Canadian news media company with more than 120 brands across print, online, and mobile platforms, Postmedia is committed to upholding diversity and equality, and to support great initiatives like the Women of Inspiration™ Awards, shares Stella Simeonova, Post Media.

“Universal Womens Network™ and Women of Inspiration™ Awards is about celebrating and elevating women across Canada to be seen and heard and valued,” Kretschmer says with conviction.  “Especially in 2020, a year full of struggles, tragedies and uncertainty. We recognized the achievements of women, who thrived throughout a year of unbridled change. A Women of Inspiration™ award empowers women to step up, to do more, to lead.  These women show us the possibilities, the future.  Our network embraces a culture of diversity and inclusiveness. Every woman has a unique gift and brings value to the world.”

Through the Women of Inspiration™ Awards, we see the impact of all women from diverse industries, walks of life, and ages recognized for their achievements, contribution to the economy, and impact around the world. They are everyday heroes, entrepreneurs, pilots, scientists, innovators, artists, healthcare, executives, visionaries from youth to lifetime achievement.

The 2020 ceremonies also included a tribute to a Woman of Inspiration™ who’s, whose leadership sadly was only realized the moment she put her life on the line for the citizens of Canada.

“This year was especially meaningful as we honored Constable Heidi Stevenson, an everyday hero who embodies the word heroism. In Honour of Heidi’s heroism, leadership, the Universal Womens Network™ has renamed the award as the Women of Inspiration™ – Heidi Stevenson Unsung Hero Award to honour the everyday heroes making an impact each day, Says Kretschmer.

When we celebrate one woman; we celebrate ALL women. These incredible women coming together is beautiful, powerful, and inspiring.  This year, we celebrated all women, we saw each nominee step up and contribute, inspire others to lead, and show courage in the face of fear. It’s this ability to create impact, even in times of intense change that sees women carving the path forward.”

“Being recognized as a 2020 Women of Inspiration™ – and seeing two of my clients recognized – was an incredible experience.  When we SupportHER™ we all rise – not just all women but the communities we all live in.  It was truly inspiring to meet and be recognized among amazing women of this calibre from across industries. When we celebrate these women, we celebrate Canada and its promise.  Truly honored to stand among them.   Thank you, Universal Womens Network™ for helping us shine!” – Tracy Lamourie – 2020 Women of Inspiration™ – Women in Media Award

The Universal Womens Network™ – 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Award Recipients:  Meet WOI Award Winner.

Tribute – Women of Inspiration™ Heidi Stevenson Unsung Hero Award – (NS)

Advocate and Catalyst for Change Award presented by CanWCC – Jodeme Goldhar (ON), Monique Auffrey (AB)

Jr. Advocate and Catalyst for Change Award – Gujot Kaur Singh (ON)

Authentic Leader Award – Alma Arzate (ON), Jenn Lofgren (AB)

Black Women Leader Award – Nothabo Ncube (ON), Margaret Adu (AB)

Customer Experience Award – Adele Spraggon (ON), Judith Virag (AB)

COVID-19 Leader Award – Angie Kim (ON), Evelyne Nyairo (AB)

Cultural Ambassador Award  – Sabine Weber ON), Krista Malden (AB)

Difference Maker Award – Vanisha Breault (AB), Glori Meldrum (AB)

Diversity and Inclusiveness Award Lorin MacDonald (ON), Keshia Holloman-Dawson (AB)

Dream Builder Award – Anuja Sharma- Virani (ON), Monica Dauenhauer (AB)

Game Changer Award – Jennifer Commins, Karen MacNeill

Health and Wellness Award – Karen Adams, Connie Jakab

Indigenous Leader -Lori Campbell (ON),  Wendy Lumby (AB)

Inspire Award – Lisa Lisson, President, FedEX Express Canada

Influencer Award – Jana Webb (ON), Blaise Hunter (AB)

Innovation Award – Sharon Vinderine (ON), Laura Grant (AB)

Integrity Award – Karen Somerville (ON), Karen Fellowes (AB)

Lifetime Achievement Award – Patricia Gagic (ON), Karen Fonseth (MB)

Mentorship Award – Susan deRyk (ON), Deborah Rodrigo (AB)

Millennial Leader – Lulu Liang (ON), Lindsay Jones (AB)

Nest Award – Sibel Coskuner (ON), Maeghen Cotterill (AB)

ng Leader Award – Geetika Joshi (ON), Jolie Gan (AB)

Rural Leader presented by Startup Canada – Shelley Uvanille-Hesch (ON), Ejibola Adetokunbo-Taiwo (AB)

SupportHER Award – Victoria Lennox (ON), Christina Chow (AB)

SupportHER (Ally) Award – Mark Bombenon (AB), Dominic Vogel (BC), Paul Doroshenko (BC)

Social Impact Award – Margot Witz (ON), Carlene Donnelly (AB)

Trailblazer (STEM) Award presented by Mitacs – Anu Bidani (ON), Sara Badiei (BC)

Vision Builder Award – Jessica Lui (ON), Towumni Coker (AB)

Women in Media Award –Tracy Lamourie (ON), Angela Sterritt (BC),

Youth Excellence Award –Boluwatife Adefemi (ON), Chloe Shingoose (AB)


More about The Universal Womens Network™ :

The Universal Womens Network™ is a global platform committed to gender equality by raising the bar to advance women in their network, workplace, and communities with strategically like-minded partners and organizations. Women of Inspiration™ celebrates, recognizes, and inspires women across Canada who lead by example and inspires others to be more and do more!  Universal Womens Network™ inspires and connects a diverse network of 21,000+  members and subscribers made up of female entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, thought leaders, industry experts, professionals, National and Global Ambassadors.

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 Monica Kretschmer,

Founder and CEO – Universal Womens’ Network™ and Women of Inspiration™ | Phone: 403 (606) 8869




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