Articles Women of Inspiration™ Podcast | Cynthia Hamilton Urquhart

Cynthia Hamilton Urquhart – Women of Inspiration™ Podcast | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Unsung Hero | 100 Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

A graduate of the University of New Brunswick and a twenty-five-year veteran of the RCMP, Cynthia is now a speaker, writer, mentor, and advocate for mental health. Cynthia joined the RCMP only eleven years after women were first accepted into the organization, where she served urban and rural communities in five different provinces across Canada. Her service to those communities and the challenges she faced in a non-traditional career, resulted in Cynthia receiving the Women of Inspiration – Unsung Hero Award in 2019. Diagnosed with PTSD in 2013, she has used her experience to become an educator and advocate for mental health resources in workplace and community settings, presenting at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Conference in Toronto and at a Sheldon Chumir Health Center Trauma Workshop. Building on her advocacy for the treatment of mental health trauma, she presented her talk “Extraordinary People Leading Extraordinary Lives” to an audience of 800 at the First Responder Suicide Awareness Conference in 2019. In addition to her interest in mental health advancement, she is an enthusiastic mentor to women in both traditional and non-traditional careers. She is currently writing her memoirs with New York Times best-selling author, Laura Munson, and is seeking to encourage organizations to view mental health as a healthcare right and create their own extraordinary path in the workplace and community.

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Monica Kretschmer

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Universal Womens Network™, Women of Inspiration™ Awards, Women of Inspiration™ Podcast, Women of Inspiration™ Book, UWomen Magazine, and SupportHER ™ elevating male leaders who champion women in their networks, workplaces, and communities. 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 equity and fostering a network where every woman belongs. 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. Monica has built a recognizable brand 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. 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 North America and the globe who lead, inspire and motivate.

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