Articles Women of Inspiration™ Podcast -Jennifer Ménard-Shand

Women of Inspiration™ Podcast -Jennifer Ménard-Shand, Founder & CEO, Staff Shop | 100 Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor | @StaffShop

The Devil Tried to Conquer Me & Lost I am an Indigenous-French-Canadian woman, and a successful entrepreneur. I am also lucky to be alive. At age 13, I pointed a knife at my drunken bi-polar stepfather, while my mother lay on the floor with broken glass pressed into her chest. Would this be the night I couldn’t keep her alive or I would die? For most of my teens I lived with a mother who chose alcohol and a cycle of abuse over protecting me and I sought my own escape down dark paths filled with bad decisions. My salvation was my biological father and good people along the way who saw light in a world that was becoming increasingly dark. By age 18, I chose a path that distanced me from my troubled teens. By 30, I had what many define as success – a luxury car, a six figure salary, a stellar wardrobe door I couldn’t close but I was empty of purpose. I found that true purpose in renewing my Christian faith and in realizing that life was more than profit and materialistic things. In doing so, I opened my heart again to love, vulnerability and authenticity. As the Founder & CEO of Staff Shop, I am blessed with a platform to keep my dreams alive and help others achieve theirs. My story is about faith, passion and freedom.

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Welcome to the Women of Inspiration Podcast hosted by Monica Kretschmer, Founder and CEO, Universal Womens Network™ and Women of Inspiration™. Monica interviews inspiring female CEO, executives, entrepreneurs, change-makers, visionaries, and everyday heroes from diverse industries making an impact locally, nationally, and globally.

Women of Inspiration™ take the road less travelled, ignore the naysayers and inspire others to dream big! Listen to stories that are real, raw, relatable and authentic. Learn from women who have pushed through challenges, overcome barriers, lead by example, and pave the road for others to follow!

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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, 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. 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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