Articles Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Allison McLaughlan

Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Allison McLaughlan | CEO, Kelowna Womens Shelter | @kelownawomensshelter

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I was born and raised on the West coast of Scotland before moving to Canada in 2009. I have an older brother and we grew up in what I can only describe as a normal working-class Scottish family. I have two beautiful, strong and outspoken daughter who are forging their own paths in life and it is a joy to watch them grow. My husband is one of the most supportive people I have ever met and his willingness to go where my dreams take us is amazing.

I did not enjoy the academic part of school, I did however enjoy the social side and was often in trouble much to my parent’s dismay. As a young person I would often hear these two phrases, “You could achieve so much more if you applied yourself” and “There is too much nonsense in your head”. My childhood labels of “Class clown” “Trouble maker” and “Disruptive” would certainly support this perception. I left education and my home as fast as I could.

At the age of 17 I joined The Royal Air Force. A career no one saw me excelling in given my lack of ability to follow the rules and take orders. Despite this lack of confidence I spent four years in this career and loved every minute of it and for the first time in my short life I felt a part of a bigger cause.

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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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