CONGRATULATIONS 2023 Women of Inspiration Award Winners.

Women of Inspiration™ Awards recognizes the achievements of women who lead, inspire and motivate. The Women of Inspiration™ Awards celebrates the accomplishments of women from diverse industries together with SupportHER™ champions committed to the advancement of women.

The Universal Womens Network™ unlocks the ripple to advance women. Since 2015, the Women of Inspiration™ Awards celebrated over 1,000 women with nominations across North America.

A Women of Inspiration™ is not defined by her story, she is empowered by it.

Together, we can INSPIRE CHANGE.

According to the United Nations Progress on the Sustainability Development Goals, it will take 286 years to close the global gender gap. Women’s representation in positions of power and decision-making remains below parity. By recognizing the accomplishments of women in our networks, workplaces and communities, we empower women in positions of power and inspire the future generation of leaders. We believe everyone plays a role to advance women and achieve gender equality. Our goal is recognize women where all decisions are being made and inspire change to SupportHER™ . When we recognize the achievements of one woman, we celebrate the achievements of all women.

Who is a Woman of Inspiration™?

A Woman of Inspiration™ is a woman who inspires and motivates others through her words, actions, and achievements. She may be someone who has overcome challenges or adversity, or who has made a significant impact as an entrepreneur or leader within in her workplace, community or industry. A Woman of Inspiration™ is admired for her strength, resilience, determination, and leadership. She is seen as a role model and a source of guidance and support for those around her. A Woman of Inspiration™ is someone who leads by example, strives for excellence and demonstrates the ability to inspire and motivate others to be the best versions of themselves.

Who Can Be Nominated?

  • Nominate or Apply – Female Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, CEO’s, Executives, Professionals, Community Leaders, Actors, Performers, Authors, Coaches, Athletes, Scientists, Journalists, Public Service, Philanthropists, Innovators, SupportHER™ (Male Allies), Youth Leaders
  • Nominate a Company – Top Company Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) SupportHER™ Champions Award – Public or Private Company (with a head office based in Canada).

We look forward to recognizing women and the men who SupportHER™ across North America inspiring others in their community and around the globe to Inspire Change!


Nominate or Apply – Woman of Inspiration™ or SupportHER™

Nominate a Company – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) SupportHER™ Champion



Meet the 2023 WINNERS



Good words from good people

This has been an incredible experience from the pride of being nominated to the shock of winning! Thank you to the Universal Womens Network™ for bringing so many diverse women and their successes into the spotlight. I’m honoured to be included in this exceptional group of women.

Erin Bigney - Director Research, Canada East Spine Division | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Mentorship Award

As the recipient of the Women of Inspiration™ Vision Builder Award, I can't be more excited about such amazing recognition. As an Educational Leader, I aspire to make a continuous and real change in the lives of my students. Have a vision and a goal, set it in front of you and in God's hand and do your best to make it happen! Thank you once again for this honour that I will cherish.

Phoebe Wasfy, Principal Philopateer Christian College | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Vision Builder

I am humbled by the nomination, the many awesome people who wrote recommendations and to be awarded the “Integrity Award”. Hearing the award introduction, I was in shock when you called my name! What a remarkable recognition for my life’s passion in working with others! I look forward to ensuring that others have the same opportunity in the future. Thank you, Monica and all the many others who make this possible for us all. I look forward to working with the other recipients to keep sharing!

Rose Marie Gage - Founder and Principal of Great Governance Matters and MPOWRU, Independent Board Director | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Integrity Award

The Women of Inspiration Award is exciting, humbling and an honour. Thank you to those who believed in me and that saw the potential that I could make a difference in the world. That passion and resiliency can make an impact in our environment, whether we know the full extent or not. Recognition is so much bigger than me. It’s an opportunity to provide a positive influence and a chance to learn, grow and be motivated. Thank you to all the people who supported me on my path to receiving this award. it's not just my achievement; it's theirs, too.

Jennifer Green, Director of Competitions and Young Women’s Initiative, Skills Ontario | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Dream Builder

The Universal Women's Network is an incredible organization that supports empowers and celebrates women founders, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers. I can attest to how meaningful this group is as I started my own company at age 50. Monica is herself a phenomenal force and woman to celebrate also. The Awards gala last night was so well done, so inspiring—I can't wait to have the chance to do this in person in the future.

Suzie Yorke, Founder and Board Director, Love Good Fats | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Game Changer

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