Articles Women of Inspiration – Where it All Began!

25 Days to Women of Inspiration™ – Where it all began!

We are now only 25 days away from celebrating Women of Inspiration™ who lead, inspire, and motivate! In the days leading to our Awards, I am usually out of sight in production mode putting together the production and getting ready for the “baby” to arrive after almost a year of nurturing, marketing, planning, preparing, producing, and finally executing. I am often asked about the story of Women of Inspiration and this photo is where it all started.

Standing on this stage on Saturday, September 26, 2015 I honoured one Woman of Inspiration who made an impact in my life. I often say we “dated for 4800 hours, 22 days trial”  all the way to Supreme Court. She was my family lawyer. The whole of the story and impact that it had on Case Law is a book or series of books at the very least.  During this time my core strength was tested and knew I was being tested for a bigger reason. When I saw the light at the end of my legal battle, I decided to start my company. During this time, I realized my Hercules strength, fearlessness, core, unbridled resilience, and my purpose to advocate for women.

I still remember standing on the stage honouring one woman who made an impact in my life in what I refer to as my Seven-Year Journey. While Ms. Harms addresses the room of 200 women and a handful of men on a Saturday morning to accept the honour of Woman of Inspiration, she shared that she was just doing her job, she wasn’t expecting recognition or fame or the award. It was important to her that she showed up for women who would haven’t had a fair chance in the justice system.

I created Women of Inspiration Awards to honour the legacy of one woman who was the everyday hero. It makes me so proud to see the ripple effect of recognizing women who are using their voice, leading by example, and inspiring other women to step into their greatness.

Looking forward to celebrating with all our 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Nominees. It has been a year of unprecedented change, hardship and humanity. I am reminded today of the “why” it’s so important now more than every to honour, celebrate, recognize the achievements of women!

Meet the 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Nominees and celebrate them!

If you are thinking of someone that inspires you, you can now nominate them for the Women of Inspiration™ Awards 365 Days a year! Nominate Women of Inspiration™





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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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