Our Story Canadian Business Chicks
The Universal Womens Network™ is a global platform committed to gender equality by raising the bar to advance women in their networks, communities, and workplaces. We connect, celebrate and recognize women along with men who SupportHER™ to empower women to succeed personally and professionally.
Since launching Universal Womens Network™ , formerly Canadian Business Chicks in May 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 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. Women of Inspiration celebrates, recognizes and inspire women across Canada who leads by example and inspire others to be more and do more. Monica celebrates her 5th-year milestone as a national platform and National Women of Inspiration Awards recognizing over 150 Women of Inspiration across Canada. Women of Inspiration celebrated over 500+ women since 2015. Monica had produced over 80+ events, interviewed hundreds of women and expanded her brand nationally and globally.
Monica’s vision for 2019 and beyond is Universal, creating an inclusive & sustainable network to elevate inspiring women and the men who SupportHER™, work with like-minded organizations globally committed to gender equality, forge strategic partnerships with government agencies, economic development, and critical stakeholders to advance women in business.
Her vision is fueled with a commitment to gender equality, diversity, and inclusive cultures, disrupting barriers, celebrating female role models and the men who SupportHER™ to advance women in business. As our founder's vision grows, it will continue to empower women who have overcome adversity and gender-based violence to rebuild their lives through The Nest Foundation™.
The Four Pillars
We are committed to gender equality and bringing men to the conversation who champion and SupportHER™.
Mentorship is the key to success. Our Mentors are women and men who want to see you succeed!
Empowering women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children.
We celebrate female role models and men who SupportHER! Sharing your success paves the road for others to follow in your footsteps!
It takes courage to show vulnerability. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.
It takes confidence to ask for help. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.
It takes commitment to use your voice and to stand out in the crowd. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.
It takes integrity to pave the road less travelled. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.
Monica Kretschmer’s Story Founder, CEO
"Resilience is not what happened to you, it is what you do with what happened to you! I wake every day knowing me I'm leading with a bigger purpose! "
The Seven- Year Journey
In 2007, Monica’s world turned upside down overnight. In an instant, she became a single mom, homeless with a baby; which in turn, became complex seven-year litigation, as Monica refers to as the "Seven Year Journey". It was one of Monica’s most vulnerable moments, but it was also the beginning of a life-changing journey that led her to launch Universal Womens Network™, Women of Inspiration - UWN Awards™, The Nest Foundation™, MentorHER™, and SupportHER™.
It was through this adversity that she stepped into her power and strength as a woman. Her inspirational journey of adversity, gender-based violence, cyberbullying, harassment, and 13 years in the courts at all levels as a result of divorce. Monica's raw and real story of resilience brings hope, for others to dream big! Monica is raising the bar for others to dream big!
In 2014, with a light at the end of a seven-year tunnel, Monica knew she was meant for something bigger. She was ready to focus on the big picture and find her purpose. With a passion for building authentic connections, empowering women, philanthropy and her entrepreneurial mindset, Canadian Business Chicks was hatched. In May 2014, Monica launched Canadian Business Chicks, a national women’s membership community. A place where professional women could build relevant and authentic connections and share their passion for business. A place, like The Nest, with no judgment where women could connect, empower, learn and celebrate with each other.
Monica’s vision included creating a legacy event, Women of Inspiration, to recognize a woman who inspired her to greatness.
Since the inaugural Women of Inspiration in 2015, she has tripled her attendance and opened recognized over 500 nominees across Canada. Her vision to recognize the everyday heroes has grown from a single award to multiple Diverse Categories and a National Awards Program recognizing the achievements of women. Monica’s vision is to celebrate female role models and the men who SupportHER™ regionally, nationally and globally.
In 2017, Monica founded The Nest Foundation™ to empower women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children through mentorship, education, wellness, and experiences. It was through her own experiences as a single mom picking up the pieces to rebuild her life after unimaginable adversity that she was compelled to help other women who looked “fine” when in reality the stress of litigation, court costs, only compounded the ability to rebuild financially. She believes when women succeed, families succeed.
In 2018 at the height of the #MeToo movement, Monica launched SupportHER™. As a mom of a young boy was compelled to surround her son with positive male role models. Fuel by the desire to find positive role models for her son to follow, she made the bold decision to elevate the male champion and SupportHER™ in their networks, workplaces, and communities. SupportHER™ is a vehicle to invite men to the conversation and be seen as Gender Equality and Diversity Leaders. Monica continues to grow the SupportHER™ Membership and works with organizations and consults with individuals committed to Gender Equality to advance women personally and Professionally.
Monica is a proud single mom to an active and brilliant young man, she loves to create, speak to share her messages of Resilience, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Leading with Purpose, and inspiring others to Dream Big! She continues to be truly inspired by the thousands of women she meets! Monica believes every woman has a story and together we can move mountains and make an impact in our local communities and around the globe.
A Woman of Inspiration is empowered and not defined by her story. Every woman has a story!” Monica Kretschmer - Founder and CEO Universal Womens Network™, Women of Inspiration - UWN Awards™, SupportHER™
Empowering Women The Nest Foundation
We believe that every woman has a story and together we are stronger. Our founder’s vision is to empower women to truly prosper at all levels of business and in life.
The Nest Foundation™ empowers women to rebuild lives for themselves and their children through education, wellness, mentorship, and memorable experience. The Nest Foundation™ partners with organizations who believe together we are stronger and can make a difference in the lives of others.
A Woman of Inspiration is a confident and authentic woman passionate about her cause, she is not afraid to take risks or ask for help, she embraces vulnerability, she empowers other women through her actions, she has unwavering determination, and she takes on and overcomes challenges with grace and dignity. ~ Monica Kretschmer
When women succeed, families succeed!
Good People, Good Words
The first time I met Monica Kretschmer I was in awe of her passion for creating a safe and nurturing space for the people around her to engage in authentic connections. I have watched her involved in one on one conversations, speaking with small groups and acknowledging the inspirational lives of a room of 400 women. In these situations, her unique ability to quickly understand a person’s inner purpose allows everyone the opportunity to see and find reverence for who they are with a deep sense of acceptance. Monica has an exceptional level of commitment to building and growing a community of inspired women who in turn are positively impacting our world. I am grateful that I have experienced Monica's truly caring, compassionate, and authentic way of interacting with people and am looking forward to modelling these qualities in my own business and personal life.
Loree C. Founder, Lotus Fire Healing
I enrolled in Canadian Business Chicks because I connected with the organizational values: Courage, Confidence, Commitment, and Integrity – and enjoyed the positive energy of the ladies attending. Monica is building a needed collaboration point with The Nest for women with an abundant mindset who value authentic conversations and alliances, while having fun and giving back. As my focus is Coaching Visionary women with a social enterprise element in their business, I felt a strong connection to several of the powerful women members, who are clearly disrupting traditional business models, and stepping into new levels of courageous success while supporting other women. This evolved into our collaborative relationship where I support (Chair) Canadian Business Chicks Authentic Mentorship Program - helping members expand their business success even further. Win-Win!
Yvonne E.L.S. Flourish Executive Coach
I’m impressed with the caliber of men and women I have met through the Canadian Business Chicks community. I have built meaningful relationships with like-minded business leaders which have developed into opportunities to speak at national conferences, elevate my business and form partnerships with other influential business leaders across Canada. Canadian Business Chicks provides an authentic and collaborative environment that believes in embracing diversity, empowering women and the men that SupportHER!
Cara Wolf- MBA CMC, Founder and CEO, Ammolite Strategies Inc.