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November 3 @ 5:00 pm - 11:59 pm EDT$65.00 – $6,500.00
2023 Women of Inspiration™ Awards
Women of Inspiration™ Awards recognizes the achievements of inspiring women who lead, inspire and motivate. We celebrate entrepreneurs and business leaders from diverse industries and stages of life along with the allies who SupportHER™ across North America.
This year, we are rolling out the Red Carpet (literally) to celebrate the changemakers, game changers, Top Companies – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion SupportHER Champions inspiring change!
The Women of Inspiration™ Awards is a highly influential annual awards ceremony honouring inspiring changemakers, CEO, entrepreneurs and business leaders from all industries, backgrounds, and stages of life. This is not your ordinary award. program. You will leave feeling inspired, connected and excited to inspire change.
The Women of Inspiration™ Awards is the largest women’s empowerment and award in North America, which celebrates the diversity of women, male allies and companies committed to advancing women personally and professionally. Guest can expect to rub shoulders with influential like-minded leaders committed to the advancement of women and inspire change. As pioneered SupportHER™ Awards to recognize allies Announcement for the 2023 Women of Inspiration™ Awards,
BE IN THE ROOM
- DATE – Friday, November 3, 2023
- LOCATION – John Bassett Theatre – Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)
- TIME – 5:00 pm EST – 11:59 pm EST
- ATTIRE – Oscar Style – Black Tie Glam!
- WHAT TO EXPECT – VIP Reception, Opening Show, Performances, Special Guests, Celebrity Keynote, Awards and DJ After Party!
- VVIP Meet and Greet Experience – VVIP Access at VIP Reception + Meet and Greet – Celebrity, Performers!
Day 1 – Thursday, November 2
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST – Nominee Mixer – Private Reception – Nominees and Sponsors
Day 2 – Friday, November 3
9 am – 12:00 pm EST – SupportHER Lounge™, – Women of Inspiration™ Panels, Nominee Interviews
5:00 pm – 11:59 pm EST – Women of Inspiration ™ Awards
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
One word to describe the Women of Inspiration™ Awards is an experience unlike you have experienced! Women of Inspiration™ Awards is a prestigious award that recognizes inspirational women who have inspired change in their networks, workplaces and communities, We believe when you celebrate one woman, you celebrate all women.
This year we host our ninth annual Women of Inspiration™ Awards. Join our esteemed 2023 Women of Inspiration Nominees, Alumni (2022, 2021, 2020), Alumni, Partners, SupportHERs and guests for an Oscar-style Awards with our VIP Reception, Meet and Greet, Red Carpet, SupportHER Lounge™ and DJ After party. Rub shoulders and connect with inspiring leaders and changemakers from across Canada and the USA.
OPENING SHOW | SPECIAL PERFORMANCES | CELEBRITY KEYNOTE | DJ AFTER PARTY | RED CARPET | VIP RECEPTION
CO-EMCEE – MICHAEL BURNS – CEO, CANADA’s VALOUR GAMES
Burns was the CEO of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. The Invictus Games are the largest international adaptive sport competition in the world featuring ill and injured soldiers and veterans. Burns led the execution of the Games, including building the organization from the ground up, which took more than two years. Under his leadership, the Games secured support from all three levels of government and more than 100 corporate and community partners and recruited more than 1,800 volunteers. The Toronto Invictus Games were completely sold-out and generated the highest national and worldwide viewing audience ever for the Games.
Burns brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, financial services, technology and entrepreneurship. Burns is co-founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which supports Canada’s military, veterans and their families by funding programs for mental health, physical rehabilitation, career transition and family services. He is Past Chair of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Board (formerly the Toronto East General Hospital Board Foundation). He successfully led the team that secured the Garrons’ $50-million donation.
ROBERTA BATTAGLIA – PERFORMER | AGT (America’s Got Talent) GOLDEN BUZZER WINNER
AGT Season 15 ⭐ GOLDEN BUZZER WINNER ⭐ 4th Overall Finalist on America’s Got Talent, the WORLD’s BIGGEST STAGE show. Sofia Vergara hits her first-ever Golden Buzzer on AGT for Roberta! To date, 91M people have viewed Roberta’s dazzling performance from around the world.
Roberta Battaglia is a dynamic, new young vocalist from Toronto, Canada. Born in 2009 into a musical family, Roberta began her singing career at the astonishing age of three years alongside her father, Alessandro Battaglia and together the duo have graced many stages from local community performances to galas and noted charity events. Roberta has been busy performing at various high-profile events and functions in both Canada and the USA and on the Big Screen singing the CDN Anthem for the Toronto Blue Jays. A second-generation Italian Canadian, Roberta is fluent in both English and Italian and performs a diverse repertoire of music in both languages ranging from ballads and top-40 hits to high-octane pop.
D.O. (DUANE) GIBSON – PERFORMANCE – Two-time Guinness World Record-Setting Rapper
Duane Gibson, aka D.O., is a two-time Guinness World Record-setting rapper, author, music executive and motivational speaker who has inspired hundreds of thousands of youth since 2001. He set a Guinness World Record by freestyling for 8 hours and 45 minutes and has performed worldwide, performing multiple tours in Asia, Europe, United States and touring nationally in Canada. Gibson has performed more than 3500 shows at schools across Canada. In 2023, D.O. completed a 100-show cross-Canada Black Canadian history school tour, including a virtual conference, which was attended by over one hundred thousand youth from across Canada. He has been profiled on CBC, City TV News, Global, Toronto Star, and even guest co-hosted Entertainment Tonight. Gibson co-founded the Northern Power Summit – a Hip-Hop conference based in Toronto. The conference launched its sixth edition in November 2022. As a music executive, Gibson has helped over fifty artists secure hundreds of grants for recording and touring and coordinated over one hundred performance opportunities for artists internationally. D.O. has had Snoop Dogg provide him with freestyle topics, had several videos play on MuchMusic, and Drake even appeared in one.
OPENING SHOW – ON PURPOSE
Hannah Isenberg – Co-Owner and Choreographer, Isenberg Entertainment | 2023 Women of Inspiration™ Finalist
Hannah Isenberg is a multifaceted artist from Toronto, Canada.
With much success in the realms of the arts, Hannah is humbled and grateful to be considered a professional dancer, choreographer, adjudicator, musician, actor, designer and photographer. Her work has allowed her to share her passions with communities in 35+ countries, providing learning opportunities to all ages in the arts.
Hannah is the co-owner of Isenberg Entertainment and operates Hive Marketing Agency, a digital branding and website design company geared towards providing affordable aid in starting small businesses. Hannah has helped over 30 small businesses bloom. Her goal is that dreamers with tight budgets aren’t deterred from pursuing their goals because tight budgets, everyone deserves a chance. Hannah also owns House of Gemini Productions where she is able to capture memories through artistic portraits.
Hannah is honoured to travel worldwide as a dance adjudicator, providing encouragement for young dancers, as she once was. This year, she has introduced a personal mentoring scholarship to dancers in their senior year of high school, providing them with resources and tools they will need to expand into the professional world of the arts.
THE VIBE An inspiring and awe-worthy celebration of unity amongst women, kicking off the 2023 Women of Inspiration Awards with the message of strength, resilience, determination, and power. An emotional and encouraging display of the women who have blazed the trails before us, the women currently carrying the torch, and the hope for the next generation of women to come.
THE VISION A multimedia display of live dance choreography paired with a background video featuring diverse Women of Inspiration from diverse industries, ages and stages.
THE 2023 CAST Twenty-one multifaceted young women, all up-and-coming in the local arts community. These ladies showcase what we have to look forward to in the next generation of youth, exuding confidence and determination to make their own marks in our society. Featuring. ……LOGAN DENNING; ABBEY REYNOLDS; KASSI PALIOURAS; JALIYAH POWER
CHARLOTTE HOXEY; JADEN BLASDELL; CAMERON BARNES-BURKE; LEXI COOPER; REESE O’DONNELL; REBECCA MATTHEWS; DELAINEY SHENNAN; JADA FLAVIUS; BELLA MARWICK; BROOKLYNN DAVIS; NAOMI COUTURE-GAGNON; AVA DARCH; TARYN COLE; LAURA BRUNELLE; REILLY FERNANDES; ASHLEY CHAU
THE CHOREOGRAPHY Expect a dynamic display of both artistic and athletic performance choreographed by Hannah Isenberg (2023 Women of Inspiration Nominee), an active member in the dance community. Fusing together the techniques of jazz, contemporary, hip hop and acrobatics, the show opener will be sure to leave the audience eager to enjoy what’s to come for the duration of the evening!
ON PURPOSE – WOMEN OF INSPIRATION – Co-Produced by Rob Wells, SHOBHA, Monica Kretschmer – LISTEN ON SPOTIFY
STAY TUNED FOR EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!
WHERE TO STAY?
Hotels close to the Metro Convention Centre: Visit Visit Hotels.com
- Radisson Blu Downtown
- Fairmount Royal York Hotel
- Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan
- Hilton Hotel – Canopy
- InterContinental Toronto Centre
- The Soho Hotel
- Sheraton Centre Toronto
- Hyatt Regency Toronto
WHO IS A WOMAN OF INSPIRATION?
A Woman of Inspiration™ is an extraordinary woman who inspires those around her to be more and do more. She is an everyday hero, entrepreneur, CEO, business leader, changemaker, game-changer and role model. She uses her influence and position of power to inspire change. She is admired and respected for her resilience, leadership and humility. She has grit and fights for what she believes in, regardless of the barriers. She isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves. She ignores the naysayers and fearlessly steps outside of her comfort zone to pave the road for others to follow.
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