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Changing the Workplace for Women One Award at a Time

The Woman of Inspirations (WOI) Awards event is changing the workplace for women one award at a time. Founded by Monica Kretschmer, the awards are an extension of her two sister organization: The Nest Foundation and Canadian Business Chicks. The 2018 WOI Awards were the fourth annual awards held celebrating the accomplishments of remarkable women who stand out. Meet out 2018 Women of Inspiration Award Winners.

Be they women who are in the trenches or women who are leading the pack, so to speak, these awards help put the spotlight on the talent and the over-the-top achievements of Canadian women within Canada and around the world. Further to this, the Woman of Inspiration Awards are attracting the attention of governments at the municipal, provincial and national level. In that light, a provincial government grant in the amount of $50,000 will contribute a portion of the much needed financial help to host the first conference hosted by The Nest Foundation to be held in June 2019.

The Canadian Business Chicks SupportHER Program launched in the spring of 2018 is gaining popularity with the corporate community. C-suite members have been consistent in their response to SuppotHER remarking that the program is giving them the vehicle and the tools needed to recognize women in their company and give them meaningful acknowledgment. With a 900% increase in the number of men in the room at the Awards, the momentum for support is growing. Twenty-five percent of the audience was male. Become a SupportHER.

Are the women who are nominated as a Woman of Inspiration changed by the experience? Does being nominated make a difference? There is no question that recognition by one’s peers and co-workers counts. There is no question that running the race through to its climax has immeasurable and uplifting value.

The WOI Awards Program began in 2015 with a single award to honour one woman, Diane L. Harms. With the 2018 awards gala, nearly 40 women have been named Women of Inspiration across Canada.

The atmosphere in the Telus Convention Centre this past September 20th was filled with reverence, joy, sincerity and hope. The thank yous declared at the podium by the award recipients were sometimes accompanied with tears. A number of them echoed each other that women look forward to participating in more inclusive workplace practices. They described the advancement that women are seeking includes a stronger presence in matters of decision making, and increased opportunities for leadership with the emphasis being on participating. The award winners advocated consistently for a collaborative work environment. They see men and women working together as being the best choice for the future for promoting success.

Readers are invited to participate in the nomination process by submitting nominations for themselves or for someone deserving. Is there a Woman of Inspiration on your team? Is there a woman in your circle of influence who you feel ought to be acknowledged internatinally? The WOI Awards are open to Canadian women all accross Canada.

The 2019 nominations will open in January. The depth and breadth the of descriptors of the women in each of the nomination categories gives women lots of room to shine.

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Article Written by

Monica Kretschmer

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Universal Womens Network™, Women of Inspiration™ Awards, Women of Inspiration™ Podcast, Women of Inspiration™ Book, UWomen Magazine, and SupportHER ™ elevating male leaders who champion women in their networks, workplaces, and communities. She is the founder of The Nest Foundation™ empowering women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children through mentorship, education, and wellness. Monica is a native Calgarian, visionary, speaker and serial entrepreneur, passionate about celebrating and advocating for women to prosper personally and professionally. She is committed to gender equity and fostering a network where every woman belongs. Monica's mission is to inspire women to lead with a purpose and prosper in business and life. Since launching in 2014, Monica has broken traditional barriers and silos by embracing collaboration and diversity. Monica has built a recognizable brand and spearheaded partnerships with government agencies, non-profits, venture capitalists, and women’s organizations. In 2015, Monica created Women of Inspiration™ Awards to recognize a woman who helped her overcome adversity and a life-changing Seven Journey in the justice system with 4800 hundred hours of litigation, 22 days of trial and 56 + court appearances. Monica’s personal story of resilience was the fuel to create Women of Inspiration™ to honour one woman, her lawyer. Women of Inspiration celebrates, recognizes and inspire women across North America and the globe who lead, inspire and motivate.

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