Raising The Bar

Our Mission

The Universal Womens Network™ is a private network and global platform committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging by raising the bar to advance women in their network, community, and workplaces. We recognize the achievements of women through the Women of Inspiration™ Awards, UWomen Magazine™ and the Women of Inspiration™ Book. We are advocates of women-owned and women-led businesses, and champion female entrepreneurs along with allies who SupportHER™!

Our global network promotes the advancement of women. Our network includes CEOs, entrepreneurs, leaders, change-makers and SupportHERs from diverse industries. We strategically partner with organizations that share our values and are committed to being visible champions and SupportHERs! We are Stewards of Diversity™ and dedicated to the unity of humanity by acknowledging our differences, asking questions, and valuing voices at all levels. We do not tolerate bullying, hatred, or racism at any level.

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Inspiring Stories

The Power to SupportHER

These past few months we have witnessed historical moments of women in the spotlight shattering the glass ceiling, breaking barriers and making history. The power of social networks sparked viral conversations about the injustices and biases, sexism and ageism that exist behind closed doors. Women are at the forefront. They are driving change. It is critical now more than ever for everyone to play a role with one common goal to SupportHER and champion for women.

My vision for the UWomen Magazine™ is an extension of the Universal Womens Network™ to elevate women as leading their companies or paving the road within organizations along with the companies and leaders committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. Together we are stronger.

Special Features & Articles

  • Billionaire Secret to Success – Jim Pattison – Interview
  • A Lifetime of Achievement – Maureen Chant
  • Letters to Lisa LaFlamme
  • SupportHER Spotlights
  • Leaving the Playing Field
  • Certified Women-Led Spotlights

Plus meet our 2022 Women of Inspiration Finalists!

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Monica Kretschmer – Editor-in-chief and Publisher, UWomen Magazine™

Special Features | Articles | Women across Diverse Industries

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Every woman has a story. Over 1000 inspiring, resilient and influential women from diverse backgrounds step into the spotlight to celebrate their success and share their wisdom.

Women are driving change in our workplaces, communities and the economy. These stories of Women of Inspiration™ and SupportHERs are authentic, relevant and relatable.

These stories feature the everyday heroes that walk beside us every day including CEO’s , entrepreneurs, thought leaders, visionaries who inspire is to forge ahead, step on the gas pedal and dream big!

The  Women of Inspiration™ – Women Driving Change features inspiring women from diverse industries.

These women are change-makers, role models, female entrepreneurs, leaders, visionaries, thought leaders, and everyday heroes who inspire us to forge ahead, take the road less traveled, and dream big!

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Discover your voice within their voice! Order your Coffee Table Book!

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WOMEN: SEEN, HEARD, VALUED!

UWomen Magazine™ is a dream that has been seven years in the making. I wanted to have a magazine for women who lead with purpose and the inspiration to follow through. When I launched our company seven years ago, my goal was to create a network where every woman belonged—an inclusive, non-judgmental community of women with shared values: courage, confidence, commitment and integrity.

My vision for the UWomen Magazine™ is an extension of the Universal Womens Network™. That is to bring these stories to life and drive change with a mission to empower, connect and inspire 1 billion people.

Special Features & Articles

Tara Slone – Letters to My Younger Self

Breaking Barriers Across Industries

  • Patricia Gagic
  • Kimberly Reeves
  • Kyla Lee
  • Siobhan Calderbank
  • Monica Dauenhauer

Ageism and more!

Grab your cup of tea and enjoy the inspiring stories!

Monica Kretschmer – Editor-in-chief and Publisher, UWomen Magazine™

Special Features | Articles | Women across Diverse Industries

GET THE MAGAZINE

UWomen Magazine™

The UWomen Magazine™ is an extension of the Universal Womens Network™. That is to bring these stories to life and drive change with a mission to empower, connect and inspire 1 billion people. In this issue, we are inspiring action for equity!

Read inspiring stories of women from diverse backgrounds, and companies committed to advancing women in business along with male champions who SupportHER.

Special Features & Articles

  • Manjit Minhas
  • Hazel (Hurricane) McCallion
  • Major Jyoti Gondek
  • Katherine (Katie) Dudtschak
  • Youth – Peer to Peer Jam – Sophia Fairweather
  • Women: Seen, Heard, Valued
  • 2021 Women of Inspiration Awards Issue

Grab your cup of tea and enjoy the inspiring stories!

Monica Kretschmer – Editor-in-chief and Publisher, UWomen Magazine™

Special Features | Articles | Women across Diverse Industries

GET THE MAGAZINE

Upcoming Events

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Our PodCast

Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Jacqueline Wallace

Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Jacqueline Wallace – Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Mitacs

Women of Inspiration Podcast with host Monica Kretschmer. We are interviewing inspiring female CEO, executives, entrepreneurs, chan...

Feature Woman Led Businesses

EmpowerHER Stories

Tina Powell

Founder & Chief Content Curator, GLORIOUS IS SHE

Tina Powell is a nationally published journalist, an award-winning communicator, and a bestselling author. She is the Founder and Chief Content Curator of GLORIOUS IS SHE, a social media platform that celebrates Canadian women who inspire, achieve, and empower. She has a Master of Communication Management degree from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from York University, and an English degree from McMaster University. She is currently working toward her Master of Arts in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies at York University, and is an Alumna Mentor in Y...

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Bina Kamath

CEO & Founder, Orion's Reach

Bina conceptualized and created Orion’s Reach - a nonprofit organization based on a mentorship model. The concept is unique in that it matches multiple mentors to a mentee to provide maximum benefit. The program is inclusive in terms of accepting all individuals for an all-encompassing mentoring program. All of her philanthropic efforts have been directed to empowering, influencing and energizing women. She received top mentor award for 2019-2020 from CCIS and similarly by Women in Leadership Foundation for her outstanding contribution and dedication. Bina was featured in 2019 & 2020 Know B...

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Angela Wisdom

Chief Revenue Officer, Leighton O'Brien

Angela is one of the most prominent and respected software sales executives in the downstream petroleum industry. She has diverse senior experience across business development, sales, project, partner and customer management positions for SaaS and technology companies to expand market presence and achieve significant revenue growth. With solid business acumen and a sharp customer focus, Angela is highly regarded for her ability to identify strategic and tactical customer needs, with a strong track record of driving value added technology solutions. She brings a high level of professional...

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Cathy Nesbitt

Worm Advocate/Founder, Cathy's Crawly Composters

Cathy Nesbitt is a Health and Wellness Advocate. Founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters (est 2002), Cathy’s Sprouters and Cathy’s Laughter Club. She is a multi award-winning environmental innovator who uses workshops and inspirational speaking to motivate people to live a more sustainable life. Cathy is a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. Appointed Laughter Ambassador in 2017 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga. Cathy is an avid cyclist and gardener.

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Testimonials

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