Articles Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Keshia Hollman Dawson – 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Diversity and Inclusion Award

Born and raised in Calgary, Keshia is a fourth-generation Albertan. She began her studies at the University of Calgary as a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate Honours student researching the relationship dynamics of Indigenous women in street gangs. Her community-based research and continued volunteer work with groups including Wellspring Calgary inspired her to advocate for all through law. She was accepted into the Faculty of Law in 2019 where she later became the President of the UCalgary Black Law Students’ Association.

The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd drew international attention and peaceful demonstrations materialized in Calgary in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. As a way of mobilizing this movement, Keshia implemented strategies for diversification within law by addressing discrimination issues such as the underrepresentation of Black and Indigenous people in law enforcement, law schools, and the legal profession. She assembled in her privileged position as a law student to diversify and improve the legal landscape for future generations.

She is now a Board Member with the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation and Colour Factor as a result of her contribution to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

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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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