Articles Women of Inspiration™ Podcast- EP 33 – Sophia Fairweather

Sophia Fairweather – Founder, Start UpbySophia | 2017 Women of InspirationMillennial Leader | Universal Womens NetworkYouth Ambassador | @StartupbySophia Meet Sophia!

At age 8, she is the youngest Award recipient of the Women of InspirationAwards for our official Canada 150. Now at age 12, we are excited to welcome Sophia as our National Youth Ambassador!

She is a very interesting leader and award winner in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She is a Board member to, a Policy Influencer, an Entrepreneur, and an Inventor. Sophia’s online presence can easily be found on Google by Googling Sophia Fairweather, going to Twitter / LinkedIn, or her Site She has won 6 Awards and many other recognitions: Canada 150 Women of Inspiration Award, ASTECH Award, Manning Innovation Award Alberta, TECVenture Award, ATB BoostR Award, and Alberta’s Leaders of Tomorrow Award. For her efforts she has been recognized in both the Alberta Legislative Assembly, the Canadian Senate and the Parliament of Canada; as well as being invited to speak and present. UWN:

Every woman has a story. Tell us about your story!

SF: When I was younger I was fascinated by the idea of making things and creating this by yourself, and learning made me feel and still made me feel content!! With this at 5, I started making cookies and coffee and selling them to my parent’s work, which I remember walking through the hallways and putting then things needed for coffee at the coffee stations. After a while I wanted to move on to something else so because I went to an art school I went with making something ugly into something pretty, and voila I made funcro but at the time called it decals and named the company declsbysophia!! At that stage and that time I learned A LOT in how to present myself, how to accept help, and not accept help, and I just have found that at that stage I learned A LOT!!! Then I came up with more products by using the falsify “ find a problem and fix it” not the other way around!! My newest is SASSI, a Smart Air Sensor System, and the I stands for IoT [ internet of things]!! Also, I am focusing a lot on my education which this online and tech explosion has helped a lot with because before this I was taking University courses and other things online for learning!! Now that everything has gone online it has made it quite nice and easier!! Now I am expanding and trying to get more out there, and promote STEM and women and girls in STEM because if you see someone like you in something you’re more likely to go into it!! I am a huge proctor of peer to peer learning!!

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Monica Kretschmer

Monica Kretschmer

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Universal Womens Network™, Women of Inspiration™ Awards, Women of Inspiration™ Podcast, The Nest Foundation™ and SupportHER ™ elevating male leaders who champion women in their networks, workplaces, and communities, and MentorHER™ Mentorship Program. 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 Equality and fostering a network where diversity, innovation, recognition, mentorship is valued. 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. In five short years, Monica has built a recognizable National brand across Canada 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. She has 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 Canada who lead by example and inspire others to be more and do more.

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