Women of Inspiration

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Celebrating 2019 Women of Inspiration Awards – Stay Tuned from #WOI2019 Details to be announced soon!

Join us for our premier #WOI 2019 Awards Gala , as we celebrate Women of Inspiration who lead by example, empower those around them, make an impact in her community, and inspires women in  Canada and around the globe.  Don’t miss joining our public event as we recognize Women of Inspiration who lead, inspire and motivate!

About Women of Inspiration Awards

Founder, and CEO of Canadian Business Chicks, Monica Kretschmer created Women of Inspiration as a legacy event to honor a woman who inspired her to greatness. A Woman of Inspiration is an extraordinary woman who leads by example, lives on purpose and inspires others to be more and do more. She is a modern-day hero, game changer, mover and shaker and role model who leads by example with courage, confidence, commitment and integrity, empowers those around her, and makes an impact in her community and around the globe. This year we are celebrating our 5th Annual Women of Inspiration Awards. Details for our WOI2019 Awards Program will be announced soon!  

We will award Woman of Inspiration Awards in 22 diverse Award Categories: Advocate and Catalyst for Change; Lifetime Achievement; Game Changer, Millennial Star – Rising Star; Difference Maker, Authentic Leader, Cultural Ambassador, Trailblazer, Mompreneur, Boss Chick – Mentor, Unsung Hero (Police, RCMP, Firefighters, Military), and Power Partners. See Category Descriptions for complete #WOI2019 Category Descriptions including new categories to recognize: Youth Excellence, Indigenous Leaders, Rural Leaders, and Inspire Awards to recognize women with disabilities.

Women of Inspiration are nominated from all stages of business and life representing all industries. Previous nominees have included women from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds: entrepreneurs, businesswomen, professionals, executives, scientists, arts and media, not-for-profits, journalists, thought leaders, authors, athletes, lawyers, doctors, musicians, advocates and women in public service from across Canada. Every woman has a story.

Women of Inspiration Awards is open to the public and offers an opportunity to rub shoulders with women who are groundbreakers and newsmakers. This event is about women celebrating women on a national scale. It’s about connecting. It’s about sponsors— men and women— from the Canadian business community voicing their support for the achievements of women. Watch VIDEO from last year!

Monica Kretschmer – Founder and CEO Canadian Business Chicks @cdnbizchicks

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration Awards, SupportHER elevating male business leaders who empower women in the workplace. And 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 and entrepreneur at heart with a passion for building authentic connections, empowering women and embraces life with courage, confidence, commitment and integrity. Monica’s mission is to inspire women to lead with a purpose and prosper in business and life.

Monica is an inspirational speaker, visionary, 2013 Alberta Flood Hero by the Premier of Alberta, 2017 Women Build Ambassador, Women of Influence Nominee, Master Connector, and Disruptor with an abundance of energy, and passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Monica has been featured on CTV, Global News, Alberta Primetime, Stand Out Publications, Conversational Currency, Sirius XM Radio Canada,QR770 News, Metro News, Calgary Herald and story of resiliency and hope in The Rising by Taylor Lambert. Monica stepped into her power as a woman and mother through adversity. She believes challenges are gifts and anything is possible with a positive mindset, supportive network, and belief in one’s abilities.

Since launching Canadian Business Chicks in May 2014, Monica has broken traditional barriers and silos by embracing collaboration and diversity. In four short years, Monica has built a recognizable brand across Canada and spearheaded partnerships with government agencies, non-profits, venture capitalists, and women’s organizations. In 2015, Monica launched Women of Inspiration Awards to recognize women across Canada who lead by example and inspire others to be more and do more. Monica’s big juicy vision is to grow Canadian Business Chicks nationally and Women of Inspiration globally.

Monica is a proud single mom to her young son, loves to travel, advocate for women and pay it forward in the community. Monica believes when women succeed families succeed. Every woman has a story, and together we can move mountains to make an impact in our local communities and around the globe.

WOI2018 Awards Gala – Program

Keynote Speaker:  Barbara Stegemann @The7Virtues

Barbara Stegemann
Top Game Changer CBC’s Dragons’ Den| CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues

Women of Inspiration Emcee: Linda Olsen  – Global Calgary – News Anchor @Linda_Olsen

Linda is part of the team that recently won the 2018 RTDNA award for Canada’s Best Newscast. She was also part of the team that won Canada’s Best Newscast at the 2014 RTDNA awards.

VIP – Honorable Kathleen Ganley – Minister Justice and Solicitor General @KathleenGanley

Kathleen Ganley was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-Buffalo, on May 5, 2015. She currently serves as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. On November 27, 2017, Ms Ganley was named Deputy Government House Leader.

2018 Stampede First Nations Princess – Cieran Starlight @CalgaryStampedeIP

Cieran Starlight is a 21 year old Jingle Dress dancer from Tsuut’ina First Nation. She is currently attending Alberta College of Art & Design where she is studying to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She hopes to eventually complete her Masters of Fine Arts.

Abbie Thurgood – Singer and Songwriter @AbbieThurgood

Abbie Thurgood is Canadian singer-songwriter hailing from Calgary AB, weaving between Rock, Blues and Soul she is a bluntly honest, powerhouse songstress. Abbie has ventured through North America, captivating every stage she comes across. She is an active member of the Calgary Music Scene, playing regular shows and supporting causes that are important to her through her artistry. Abbie has performed at Sled Island, Big Winter Classic, Calgary Folk Festival’s Blockheater, Interstellar Rodeo and can be caught at Edmonton’s Uptown Downtown Festival with her newest psychedelic heavy-rock project, Gone Cosmic.

Michelle Minke – Founder and Artistic Director, Cowtown Opera @MichelleMinke

A Woman of Inspiration contributes to her community, her industry, family, relationships and lifts others up in her leadership. A woman who seeks to juggle the many balls in the air as she pursues her passion. While being a leader, creates other leaders and inspires thought, change and love in her community and city.” ~ Michelle Minke – #WOI2018 Nominee


“A Woman of Inspiration is a woman who never gives up. When that woman has a dream, she never stops until she accomplishes that dream. That is my mom. She inspires me every day.” ~ Kaiya

Chloe Shingoose @ChloeShingoose

An Woman of Inspiration to me is a woman that fills you with the urge to do something that creates a better world around us.” ~ Chloe

Women of Inspiration lead with purpose to inspire those around them to be more and do more! Join us Thursday, September 20 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Center as we celebrate women Women of Inspiration Awards.