Articles Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Lori Campbell – 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Indigenous Leader

Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Lori Campbell – Director, Shatitsirótha’ Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre & Adjunct Lecturer, Indigenous Studies

2020 Women of Inspiration™ Indigenous Leader | @Campbelllor

Women of Inspiration lead, inspire, and motivate others to dream bug! In this episode of Women of Inspiration Podcast, Monica Kretschmer, Founder, and CEO, Universal Womens Network interviews Lori Campbell who shares her story of being taken from her family at 14 months as an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School System. Her story inspires her journey to locate her 6 siblings across Canada, reunite with her birth mother, and follow a path in research and politics.

Lori is a 2-Spirit nēhiyaw āpihtākosisān (Cree-Metis) with family roots at Montreal Lake First Nation, Treaty 6 territory. She is an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system and a child from the Sixties Scoop generation. Over a span of 25 years, she located not only her birth mom but all 6 of her living siblings who were scattered across several provinces. Lori has made it her career advocating for social justice and working towards a more equitable society for all. She started out working with youth, later in the area of public housing and then became a victim services worker before moving into post-secondary. Most recently, she was a federal candidate in the 2019 election. Now, with over 13 years of progressive leadership with contributions in student services, academics, research, and administration, Lori is an experienced leader in education with a proven track record particularly in advancing processes of Indigenization, reconciliation, and decolonization. Lori holds two undergraduate degrees (Indigenous Studies and Psychology), a master’s degree in Adult Education, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Justice Education. She currently holds the position of Director, Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre and is and teaches Indigenous studies at St. Paul’s University College.

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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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