Articles Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Louise H. Reid

Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Louise H. Reid, Founder & Chief Empowerment Officer, LHR | 100 Women of Inspiration Book Contributor | @Louise_h_reid

At 40 years old I experienced what I call a mid-life awakening – a moment in time where I realized I had been sleepwalking through much of my adult life. I can say now, with it in my rearview mirror, that it was both the most difficult and most enlightening period so far in my life. Initially however, it was utterly devastating. I came face to face with the realization that the life I had worked so hard at building – the career, the house, the family – was one of achievement at the expense of fulfillment. Here I was, a middle-aged woman with everything I’d planned for but with a lost sense of identity, hardly recognizing the reflection in the mirror. I had been so busy. Busy checking all the boxes, following an image of what society thought or expected I should be. I had given so much of myself to others that I had neglected myself. All this human DOing had disconnected me from my human BEing. Seemingly small decisions added together over time led me far away from who I knew myself to be.

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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 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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