Our Team Committed to SupportHER!
Meet our growing team of women and men who are committed to gender equality and celebrating female role models and the men who SupportHER™ locally, nationally and globally! Interested in becoming a part of our growing team. Contact us!
Deb Milimaka Miles
Incoming COO, Universal Womens Network | 2019 Women of Inspiration SupportHER Award | UWN National Ambassador
A Senior Executive, Corporate Professional with over 30 years of high-performance corporate management and consulting experience in 16 countries around the world. Deb’s career has focused on driving transformation in business cultures through leadership.
Over her career, Deb has worked in the Financial, CPG and Technology verticals for both public and private, national and international companies, such as SMART Technologies, Aguila Convergence Worldwide, Foxconn, Loblaws, The Odella Group, Future Shop, Hudson’s Bay, National Trust, Scotiabank and BMO and most recently Harvest One.
Deb brings a wealth of experience in managing complex corporations through periods of global transformation, acquisition, and adapting in rapidly changing environments. In her background, Deb was with Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, where she led the national change team for one of the largest-ever SAP implementations. She’s consistently been recognized as a top performer with innovative and effective approaches to strategic planning, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. She’s known for building dynamic cross-functional partnerships within the Business and HR, to be agents of change.
Crystal Derouin - BDes, CGD
Meet the fabulous woman behind our brand. Crystal is a mother of three, owner of a successful Etsy store, has cheeky wit, and the patience of a saint. Crystal is an entrepreneur at heart with a desire to give back to the community to support other women to succeed. Supporting local businesses and building a strong community of amazingly talented women. When you support local, you directly support a person, their family, the local economy and community. In return, you get completely unique and wonderful services and products made with love and quality.
Donna Dahl, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Women of Inspiration Selection Committee, Chair | WOI2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
Donna Dahl, Empowerment Coach and Author, was awarded Woman of Inspiration for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. She is now honoured to serve as the Woman of Inspiration Awards Selection Committee Chair. She is considered a thought leader and a coach’s coach by her clients. While most of her work is behind the scenes coaching writers to become authors and leaders to inspire others to lead, her passion drives her voice to make a difference through speaking engagements and writing. Donna’s next book is in the works. In her mind, her lifetime work is still in progress.
Donna reports, “When I accepted the WOI Award, that was my invitation to accept the challenge to continue my work but with more conviction than ever before.” Recognition from one’s peers matters.
Words of Wisdom
In Lessons I Learned from the Tortoise she wrote, “Challengers inspire us to take giant steps long before we might ever become giants.”
Karen Fonseth, ICD.D – CEO, DASCH
Advisor, Universal Womens Network
Karen is a highly respected Chief Executive Officer with proven skills in effectively growing, managing and developing complex organizations both provincially and nationally. These organizations have ranged from start-ups through multimillion-dollar corporations. Karen is an experienced and analytical Board Director with extensive experience in corporate and board governance, strategic planning, insurance, audit & risk management, finance, communications/media relations, human resource management, government relations, standards and policy.
Currently Karen is the CEO of DASCH (Direct Action in Support of Community Homes). In 1974, DASCH began as a group of families who wanted to provide community-based support for their family members with intellectual disabilities as an alternative to the institutional-based residences and services of the time. Since 2001 under Karen’s leadership, DASCH has rapidly grown as the organization responded to demand from families, closing institutions and government. In 2001, DASCH supported 50 clients, operated eleven locations and had a staff component of 55. Today, DASCH supports hundreds of clients, operates over 60 locations throughout Winnipeg and has a staff component of 700.
Karen H Stewart - CEO Fairway Divorce Solutions | Bumble Bees Venture Capital
Advisor, Universal Womens Network | 2018 Women of Inspiration Advocate and Catalyst for Change
Karen Stewart is the Founder and CEO of Fairway Divorce Solutions, the first national divorce franchise company that is changing the way divorce happens and Bumble Bees Venture Capital, a VC with a strong social cause supporting the Female Economy and Tech while specializing in Series B opportunities. Karen is also Published Author, Speaker who is committed to disrupting both outdated thinking, markets and products.CEO Fairway Divorce Solutions | Bumble Bees Venture Capital | @FairwayDivorce
Karen has over 25 years of experience in the business/financial world. She is experienced as a Financial Planner, Stockbroker, Insurance Agent, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Chartered Mediator, innovator and entrepreneur. She has previously founded, built and sold 5 businesses and today is focused on disrupting the Divorce Industry and Supporting women in leadership and building a national Venture Capital firm with a strong investment thesis and cause.
Karen is also an active blogger, writer, the published author of the best-selling book "Clean Break" and sought after by various media outlets for her advice and speaking engagements.
Hannah Barnes Event Planning & Management is part of the team of independent contractors who help us bring our visions to life. With Hannahs attention to details, marketing background and ability to see and bring our founder's big vision to life!
WOI Admin Assistant
Jean is a seasoned professional in Calgary with a proven track record of working remotely, with over 9 years of progressive experience in sales, coordination, customer service and volunteering with expertise in project prioritization, multi-tasking diverse portfolios, training and business sales growth. Having a hospitality background has ingrained in me the desire to go above and beyond expectations. I am a patient, energetic, and organized person who prides herself on a positive professional reputation.
I am an effective communicator and relationship builder. I enjoy and am inspired by interacting with others while working towards common goals and thrive during business and organizational change and growth. With a flexible, adaptable, get it done attitude I have excelled at overcoming challenges with creative solutions and am not afraid to step outside of the box.
In Jean’s spare time she enjoys getting involved in new projects, volunteering in the community and can be found always researching or learning something new. Here passions are fashion, fitness, food, family and friends.