MentorHER Mentors

Our MentorHER Mentors are committed to SupportHER. They are Women of Inspiration Alumni, Nominees, and business leaders in the community with proven successes and a desire for sharing their knowledge to advance women in business and life. Our Mentors understand the challenges women in business face, and keen to pay it forward and share their leadership wisdom.

Our Mentors are female and male leaders in the community with proven success from diverse backgrounds. They are champions for Diversity and Inclusive environments, committed to sharing their wisdom, understand the challenges and barriers, and committed to helping a woman succeed!

Our Mentors believe in taking action to SupportHER and align our organizational values of Courage, Confidence, Commitment, and Integrity which are all critical skills to develop personally and professionally, sustaining a successful business or for leading a motivated corporate team.

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MentorHER Mentorship official kick-off Wednesday, January 13, 2021!

Deborah Rodrigo

Strategy In Motion /TEC Canada/High Street Insurance Group | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Mentorship Award

Deborah Rodrigo is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Strategy In Motion Inc., the Chief Operating Officer of HighStreet Insurance Group, and a TEC Canada Chair. Strategy In Motion Inc. is a business advisory firm focused on helping entrepreneurs find solutions and equip business leaders to manage challenges proactively with confidence. HighStreet Insurance Group is a privately owned boutique insurance brokerage that offers tailored insurance products and sound risk management advice. TEC Canada helps executives and owners make better decisions through peer advisory boards supported by one-to-one coaching, expert speakers, fast-paced learning, and global networking. TEC Canada is the most comprehensive executive and leadership development program in Canada. Deborah has been a Chartered Accountant for over 30 years and has previously held numerous executive positions including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer for both public and private entities. Through-out her career she has been a Board Director for nine different Not For Profit entities and five private entities. Deborah is currently the Governance Committee Chair and Board Director for Capital Region Housing Corporation and sits on the Advisory Board of three privately held corporations.

Danaye Maier

Virgin Radio Morning Show Host | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Media Maven

Danaye Maier is a morning radio host on 98.5 Virgin Radio. She’s been a broadcaster for 15 years and has spent time on-air in multiple cities before making Calgary home. In the eight years that she has lived in Calgary, she married her college sweetheart, Matt, bought her first house and now has two beautiful toddlers, Violet and Maxwell. Music is a huge part of Danaye’s life. She is the lead singer of a band called “The Barn Burners” with some of her colleagues and other friends from around the city. She recently started “A WOMAN A DAY YYC” where she profiles a different outstanding Calgary woman every single day on Instagram. Witnessing other women lift each other up through this platform has become Danaye’s new joy and passion.

Brenda McWilson-Okorogba

STEM Scholars Lead & Grant Coordinator, STEM Hub Foundation | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Youth Advocate

"Brenda is a multiple award-winning Youth Education and Engagement Specialist. A Scholarship Search Strategist, Non-profit Communications Professional, Grant Writer and a Community Builder. She is experienced in diverse sectors, individualized education/heutagogy, facilitating youth programs focused on women and girls’ rights, community sustainability, cultural inclusion, effective storytelling workshops, life-changing journaling, team-building exercises, leadership training, and dialogue circles. Brenda’s wholly committed to inspiring, motivating and empowering youths to be the best they can be. Brenda is passionate about improving quality of life by promoting access to inclusive education which can equip people with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems. She is an alumna of the Think Big Lead Now Program 2018 with YWCA Canada and a former Active Citizens Social Enterprise fellow on social innovation and entrepreneurship organized by UNACanada and the British Council. Brenda is passionate about amplifying young women’s voices in the movement.

Brenda understands that in order to face the challenges of today's world we need to collaborate in new ways. She is excited to work together with like-minded professionals from all over the world towards a common goal. She is always ready to inspire and be inspired. Brenda is eager to take the lead in creating true impact and making our world future-proof. And she is driven by challenges and new experiences. She uses both her online and offline presence to help youth access/navigate resources and supports, education, awareness building, mentorship, empowerment of youth, or assisting youth in overcoming barriers. Brenda manages two major projects - Momentswithbren Scholarship Series and Skills Training, and a Compassion Fund. She works to foster, inspire and create opportunities for youths and support initiatives focused on tackling systemic inequality on a global scale. Brenda has helped students gain over $1.4 Million in scholarships across Africa and Canada since 2017.

Lindsay Harle-Kadatz

Brand & Content Strategist, The Write Harle | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Influencer Award | National Ambassador

Lindsay Harle-Kadatz is the owner of The Write Harle, helping small businesses refine their voice and brand message through content. Passionate about messaging, Lindsay looks to create engaging and action-focused content strategies, aligning a company’s marketing mediums with one core message. She is the author of Depression Constipation: How Pooping Saved My Sanity…and Other Stories, a real-life tale of understanding depression in terms of constipation, humour, and mental prune juice. With everything, Lindsay continues to make puns and look for the funny in the mundane. Most recently, she received the 2019 Woman of Inspiration - Influencer award due to her story sharing abilities. When not indulging her love of the big red editing pen, Lindsay spends time with her two “under the desk employee” pups Coco and Chase, and just enjoying life in general (AKA: eating, drinking wine, and making real, genuine connections with people).

Rhonda Goldberg

President, Oh! Naturals | 2019 Women of Inspiration Inspire™ Award | UWN National Ambassador

Over the years, she has pioneered many companies brands to market, and in the past 8years, she decided to create her own product to give lend credence to what she does for others. To this end, she developed a Fruit and vegetable snack company called Oh! Naturals! She saw the need for a healthy, vegan, and naturally healthy snack food in the Canadian market, and within 24 months Oh! Naturals flavoured banana chips and flavoured Sweet Potato fries can be found in major national and international retail locations across Canada. In 2019 Oh! Naturals expanded their snacks into Japan, Korea and working on expansion into Europe. As a result of her successes, she has the honour of sitting on the board on the Health Advisory board at SAIT to help guide students towards a healthy future.

Maria Sofia

VP President of Sales and Marketing, WinMagic | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Mentorship Award

Over 20+ years as a woman in IT. Maria has managed sales, marketing, and business operations teams globally. She is experienced in building pipeline, how to set up a winning cold call practice and how to structure your day and year for success. Maria is someone who is driven to excel in team quotas, handle pressure with calm and poise. Maria believes when women support other women and share our own experiences, it may help inspire others to understand what it means to stand up for your rights, break down barriers and help pave the way for other women and men in the workplace.

Laura Grant

Co-Founder, Alberta Bike Swap | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Innovation

Laura has always been able to connect people, communities, and ideas. Diagnosed with MS while in 3rd-year Pharmacy 40 years ago, Laura understands the importance of science and education. She has a Math/Comp Sci degree and continuing medical education in infection. To Laura, a Woman of Inspiration should be a listener, not a talker, and be able to talk about ideas, not themselves.

Christma Nathali

Beauty Industry Salon Owner, Beauty Addicts Inc. | 2019 Women of InspirationDeborah Rodrigo is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Strategy In Motion Inc., the Chief Operating Officer of HighStreet Insurance Group and a TEC Canada Chair. Strategy In Motion Inc. is a business advisory firm focused on helping entrepreneurs find solutions and equip business leaders to manage challenges proactively with confidence. HighStreet Insurance Group is a privately owned boutique insurance brokerage that offers tailored insurance products and sound risk management advice. TEC Canada helps executives and owners make better decisions through peer advisory boards supported by one-to-one coaching, expert speakers, fast-paced learning and global networking. TEC Canada is the most comprehensive executive and leadership development program in Canada. Deborah has been a Chartered Accountant for over 30 years and has previously held numerous executive positions including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer for both public and private entities. Through-out her career she has been a Board Director for nine different Not For Profit entities and five private entities. Deborah is currently the Governance Committee Chair and Board Director for Capital Region Housing Corporation, and sits on the Advisory Board of three privately held corporations. Nest Award

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nathali has been a custodian of the Indonesian heritage and supporter of women throughout the world. A proud mother of 15-year-old daughter Bhavna Jaya, she gained the inspiration to create a world where women are celebrated and encouraged to chase their dreams. Through her own hardship, Nathali was able to become a successful businesswoman whilst travelling the world learning 4 different languages. Skilled in fashion design, hair styling, makeup artistry, and acupuncture she has received a number of accolades including Best Business Beauty Salon by Fans Choice Awards in May 2018, Nominated as Lash Artist Integrity and Customer Awards by NALA (National Association Lash Artists) in 2019, Top Beauty Salon in Calgary by Top Choice Awards in 2019, Calgary Beauty Salon of the Year and Make up Salon of the Year by Alberta Hair and Beauty Awards 2019, and the Women of Inspiration NEST Award in 2019. Her passion is to pass on her knowledge and frequently conducts workshops to teach young women her craft and inspire them to explore the world. Nathali believes that culture and community play an important role in developing women as it provides a support network for growth. Part of her journey saw her become the Vice President of a not-for-profit organization, Budaya Nusantara, which promotes the preservation of heritage and culture through community outreach programs. By sharing her story she becomes an inspiration for others to overcome hardship and focus on qualities like resilience, integrity, and confidence.

Karen Stewart

Founder and CEO, Bumble Bees Venture Capital Inc. and Fairway Divorce Solutions Ltd. | 2018 Women of Inspiration™ Advocate and Catalyst for Change

Karen Stewart is a serial industry disrupter and entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of experience in founding and building businesses that are disruptive and create significant shareholder value. Her endeavors have included: Financial Broker-Dealers in IDA & MFDA, Boutique Brokerage Firms, Real Estate Investment Firms, Insurance Brokerage and Fairway Divorce Solutions, a national Divorce Solutions Company, which has disrupted the traditional Divorce system in Canada. She is also the Founder & CEO of Bumble Bees Venture Capital Inc., a disruptive Venture Capital Company, and she is a past CEO and is on the Board of Directors for Trusted Brand 2016 Inc. (a public company). She is a best-selling author of “Clean Break”, a book disrupting the status quo of the divorce system. Karen has made many media appearances discussing the effects of divorce in today’s society

Dr Jody Carrington

Psychologist and Chief Happiness Officer, Carrington & Company | 2018 Women of Inspiration ™ Difference Maker

Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent the past fifteen years talking about connection and relationships. She is a wife and mother, and Chief Happiness Officer of Carrington & Company, where she manages her private practice, mentors associates, is a speaker, an author, and has created a model of support for people who do some of the holiest work on this planet: our educators. Carrington & Company was born throughout her work with kids and families. Jody has assessed and treated over 1000 kids in our country, and she has never, not one time, met a bad kid. What she has learned, however, is that the kids are only ok if those of us holding them are ok. Jody’s message is for parents, educators, police officers, and anyone who holds people in times of hard things, because we are wired to do hard things. We can do hard things much easier when we remember this: we remember we are wired for connection.

Captain Debora Bergeson

Captain Calgary Fire Department | 2018 Women of Inspiration™ Unsung Hero

Deborah is the first female captain of the Calgary Fire Department in its 129-year history, appointed in 2014. In 1998, Deb was the third female firefighter hired in the history of the Calgary Fire Department. There were about 1,000 firefighters at that time. Twenty years later, there are now 37 female firefighters. She has advanced through the ranks and exceeded expectations in the face of intense scrutiny. She has shown women and men alike can be amazing firefighters. Both women and men have to accept responsibility and have to unlearn the untruths. Female firefighters in Calgary are gradually increasing in numbers and are slowly making their way to leadership positions. She celebrates 20 years of firefighting and trailblazing and admits to seeing many changes throughout her career. She continues to proudly serve the citizens of Calgary and to empower others to challenge traditionally male roles.

A Woman of Inspiration is a risk taker. She is an activated person with the courage to create a better world for those around her. She is dedicated to the common good, even against great odds. Women of inspiration make decisions based on bringing their inner conviction into harmony with their outer acts.

Cindy Luffer

President and CEO, iPhix Inc. | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Nest Award

Cindy Luffer was a believer in STEM before it was an acronym! It wasn’t a field she sought out to break into as a female; it was just what she wanted to be. Big city girl with big city dreams of becoming an engineer was accomplished with honours and respect. From Montreal, she was educated with a bachelor’s in science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and holds professional engineering designations in the state of Maine, and provinces of Quebec and Alberta. Cindy has many years of pulp & paper and oil & gas experience before moving to Calgary. When she broke her personal phone, while on maternity leave with her third child, necessity brought opportunity and a unique business for its time was born. iPhix Inc. established in 2009 is Calgary's foremost out-of-warranty consumer handheld device repair centre. iPhix employs 15 people operating out of iPhix Eau Claire Market, iPhix TD Core, iPhix Avenida, iPhix Sage Hill and the Calgary iPhix Mobile Kiosk Unit. Now a single Mom of four kids and four + stores, her visions are not only on opening more stores but also on growing her corporate program partners and the pre-owned mobile device unit. I believe the example that I portray to people around me is not my ability to lead as much as it is getting what needs to happen in a day, week, year accomplished.

Audrey Mascarenhas

President and CEO, Questor Technology Inc. | 2018 Women of Inspiration™ Global Impact Award

Audrey Mascarenhas has worked in energy for over 35 years with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. and Questor Technology Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers. Audrey served as a distinguished lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010/2011. She is a member of the Schulich Industry Engineering Advisory Council and currently chairs the Canadian Federal government's clean technology strategy table. Audrey was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Prairies Award for Cleantech and Environmental Services and received a national citation for Values-Based Innovation. She was chosen by Business in Calgary as a 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow, is a 2014 Board Diversity 50 cohort and one of Canada’s 2017 Clean50. Audrey is a fellow of the Energy Futures Lab, serves on the Governor General’s Innovation Awards assessment committee and Questor was recently recognized by the Cleantech Innovation exchange (CIX) as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Cleantech Canadian Companies.

"I passionately believe in being a role model to showcase that girls and women can succeed in a male-dominated world and be whatever they want to be." Audrey Mascarenhas