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Universal Womens Network™

The Universal Womens Network™ Inc. (UWN) is an inclusive global network for CEO’s, entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals from diverse industries to connect, learn, empower and celebrate. We strategically partner with companies committed to being visible SupportHERs of gender equity, diversity, and inclusion by raising the bar to advance women and those who identify as women in business.

The Universal Womens Network™ creates opportunities for women to make valuable connections, advance in their careers, scale their business, connect with leaders from diverse industries, build thought leadership and increase their circle of influence through curated events, programs, media, publishing and recognition. The Universal Womens Network™ is committed to advancing gender equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The Universal Womens Network™ recognizes the achievements of women through the Women of Inspiration™ Awards along with the allies who SupportHER™.

The Universal Womens Network™ enables female entrepreneurs to be visible in the marketplace as women-owned and women-led with Universal Women-Owned™/Led Certification. The Universal Womens Network™ encourages companies to support women-led businesses, invest in leadership development and take action to be visible SupportHERs to advance women in business.

Contact us to learn how to elevate your company as a visible champion of equity, diversity and inclusion though: rewards and recognition, programs, events, certification and integrated media campaigns.

The Universal Womens Network™'s mission is to connect, empower and inspire one billion women.

The Four Pillars

Connect

Committed to leveling the playing field and welcome allies to SupportHER™.

Learn

Leaders empower other leaders. If you have the knowledge, share it.

Empower

Empowered women empower women.

Celebrate

When you celebrate one woman you celebrate all women.

Shared Values

Courage

Confidence

Commitment

Integrity

It takes courage to show vulnerability. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

It takes confidence to ask for help. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

It takes commitment to use your voice and to stand out in the crowd. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

It takes integrity to pave the road less travelled. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

Monica Kretschmer's Story

Founder, CEO

"Resilience is not what happened to you, it is what you do with what happened to you. "

Monica is the Founder and CEO of the Universal Womens Network™ Inc., Women of Inspiration™ and SupportHER™.

She is a visionary, influencer and disruptor with passion to shift the definition of entrepreneurship that can be understood through her flawless dedication for women to step into the spotlight and own their voice! Her personal story of resilience of the “The Seven Year Journey” in the court system with 4800 hours of litigation, 22 days trail was the impetus for her to create the Women of Inspiration™ Awards to recognize the achievements of women who lead, inspire and motivate. Since 2015, the Women of Inspiration™ Awards has celebrated 1,000 women, with 3 million impressions and 10,000 views.

The Awards program has expanded and attracted nominations from around the world with a digital reach of 12 million. Monica believes every woman has a story. Your story does not define you; it empowers you.
Monica has built a recognizable brand and inclusive network for CEO’s, entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals from diverse industries to connect, learn, empower and celebrate.

The Universal Womens Network™ is committed to advancing gender equity, diversity and inclusion by raising the bar to advance women in business. She is the creator of SupportHER™ (elevating male allies as champions for women in their networks, workplaces, and communities), the host of the Women of Inspiration™ Podcast, and publisher of the UWomen Magazine™. Monica is a Forbes Contributor and 2022 LinkedIn Top Voice for Gender Equity.

During the pandemic, Monica published the first edition of the Women of Inspiration – Women Driving Change book featuring 100 inspiring women from diverse industries which coincide with the launch of graphics trucks with the faces of contributors across North America. The second edition of ChangeMakers will be released in the spring of 2023.

Monica is a native Calgarian and proud mom to her son.

Monica Kretschmer's Signature

Women of Inspiration don't wait for opportunities they create them.

Empowering Women The Nest Foundation

The Nest Foundation™ empowers women in transition to rebuild their lives through access to networking, events and programs. The Nest Foundation™ partners with organizations to committed to gender and economic empowerment for women and youth.

When women succeed, families succeed!

We are committed to creating opportunities for everyone to contribute to making a change in our world and are passionate about building a circle of reciprocity that empowers others.

We believe that every woman has value and worth and together our collective contribution can make a significant impact on the lives of our fellow sisters.

We are proud to collaborate with other value-based organizations that believe in empowering women and paying it forward in the community. Interested in collaborating? Contact Us.

The Nest Foundation

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

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