Women of Inspiration

The Program 2017

Women of Inspiratoin Program Details

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre - 120 9th Ave SE (Exhibit Hall "E") 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

  • 10:30 am - Registration, Buffet, Marketplace, Live Jazz
  • 12:00 pm - Program Commences
  • Chloe Shingoose - Oh Canada
  • Acknowledgement of The Land
  • VIP Opening Keynote - Honorable Stephanie McLean - Minister Status of Women
  • Shauna Walker - The Spa Ritual
  • Shobha - Debut "On Purpose"
  • Monica Kretschmer - Founder and CEO Canadain Business Chicks
  • Women of Inspiration Awards and White Hat Ceremony - His Worship Mayor Naheed Nenshi
  • Sophie Serafino - International Violinist
  • Keynote Speaker - Amanda Lindhout
  • 3:00 pm VIP Book Signing, Marketplace Open
  • 4:00 pm - The End!

Join The Nest

Visit The Nest Membership Table to sign up as a member of The Nest. All new members receive a complimentary gift to take home and a bungle of opportunities to help you move those mountains!


Please click on the image for more information about our #WOI2017 speakers.

Honrable Stephanie McLean

MLA for Calgary-Varisty. Misinter for Service Alberta and Status of Women.

Keynote Speaker & VIP Book Signing - Connection Lounge (3 -4 pm)

Amanda is an Activist, Speaker, Journalist and New York Times bestselling Author, Award Winning Humanitarian, and founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation

Live Debut of "On Purpose"

On Purpose

Live debut of our song.... On Purpose

Download "On Purpose" by Shobha on ITunes

Shobha and Rob Wells

Meet the Canada's "Dream Team" who write, produced and recorded On Purpose.
Meet singer/songwriter and recording artist Shobha and Rob Wells, a multi-platinum, award-winning producer/songwriter based in Canada, and is one half of music production team "The Fourth Floor" .


  • Shobha - Live debut of song "On Purpose"
  • Sophie Serafino - International Violinist
  • Christine Hart Duo - Live Jazz
  • Choloe - Shingoose - Oh Canada


Showcase your business or service in our Marketplace. Connect with our Vendors before and after our program!
Visit our vendors: Stand Out Publications, Mountain View Printing, Run Digital, PSAV, Work Nicer, Chair Flair, Allison Ainsley Events, Beauty Gram, Designing on The Edge, Calgary Petroleum Club, SchoolWorx, FCPC Group, Candy Events Management, Sophie Serafino, Silver Springs Golf Course, CWES, Willow Park Wines, Tammy Harttany Photography, Kenneth Fung Photography, Maison Blu, Business Link, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), Famous 5 Foundation, Fashion Calgary, Chic Geek, AWSN, Life's Little Luxuries By Leanne, Making Changes, Alberta Diamond Exchange, Rukhasana's Wellness Retreat, Artist: Original Art by Alex.

What To Wear

It’s a time to relax and celebrate, so wear what makes you feel beautiful! It this means breaking out the ball gown, do it! Check out last year’s event and see what our attendees were wearing! Watch Video.

Media Wall and Event Photographers

Toni Nicole Photography

Have your photo taken on our photo wall by Toni Nicole, owner of Toni Nicole Photography specializing in portrait photography.

Tammy Hanratty Lifestyle and Brand Photography

Tammy will be capturing the special moments of celebration at Women of Inspiration! Say cheese!

Happy media4U by Kenneth Fong

Kenneth Fong will be capturing the moments behind the lens at Women of Inspiration. Be sure to "smile" and say "INSPIRATION".

Silent Auctions - 100% of Proceeds from Silent Auction to The Nest Foundation

Hillberg & Berk

Hillberg and Berk Jewlellery

Retail Value: $ 1055.00/ $ 360 and $ 250

2018 Collection and Sparkle Collection. Inspired by the unique Canadian landscape of the rugged Badlands, Hillberg & Berk is proud to bring you the first palette of our 2018 Collection.

100% of ticket proceeds from our Silent Auctions to be donated to build The Nest Foundation to empower women!

Alberta Diamond Exchange

Retail Value: $ 5,510.00

Diamond Pendant
Opening Bid: $ 500

Brilliant cut diamond, estimated total weight 1.5 ct. H-J color, L1-!3 clarity, G make.The diamonds in the open double circle formations sit comfortably on the neckline, showcase a brilliant center diamond and sparkle in unison for the wearer. On an 18inch delicate box chain the necklace is perfect for every day

"Angel Wing" - Original Art By Alex

Retail Value: $ 1,500

“Angel Wing”
Opening Bid: $ 250
Size: 36” X 24”

Alex Gorski is an up and coming artist, living in Alberta. He is a unique artist, who leverages his
special needs capabilities to have the patience often required to create truly artistic work.

At age 21, he is a social and friendly young adult, who has a huge and generous (golden) heart, and is always thinking how he can make someone’s day. His custom artwork already given as
gifts, and is now making his work available to the public.

Exclusive Original Wild American Indian Art –

Retail Value: $ 2,500

Name: WapoPiesew
Territory: Assini Watci (Rocky Mountains)
Tribe: Nehiyawak (Exact People)
Value: $2,500
Min bid: $ 500

WapoPiesew is a Wildly Distinguished Keseynew ( oldman) and at 73 yrs of age is still creating what he refers to as “ Art/Jewelry “ that he started in 1970, each piece reflect his American Indian heritage. The 22 brass bullet casings and horsehair with nickel beads are the fundamental parts for all his art although not one is ever made the same. The artist work is known to private collectors around the world, worthy as collectables. Several of these pieces are in the S.I.G.A.'S (Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority) collection of Indian Art and as far away as Frankfurt Germany ( American Indian Support Group ), and also the law firm Kiesel, Boucher and Larson of Beverly Hills California. These are a few places the artist is pleased to mention, and would also like it known that the sale of his art is given totally in support for the Private School of American Indian Tribal Sciences.

4 Night Stay - Rukhsana's Heavenly Wellness Retreat - Los Cabos, Mexico

Retail Value $ 1,000

Opening Bid: $ 500
Pass through the gates of Rukhsana's Wellness & Heavenly Retreat, immersed in natures' radiant tranquility under the Mexican sun. Enjoy a 4 night stay, for two, in one of our beautiful, king size ensuite rooms with stunning views of the ocean and mountains. Accommodation includes: breakfast, WIFI, and access to the centers private pool. Leave your stay feeling rejuvenated in your mind, body and soul." RUKHSANA'S PHILOSOPHY
We believe all people are born equal and that we are the instruments of a higher purpose. Through the ancient Ayurvedic healing modalities we teach those to empower the potential of freedom, beyond the stresses of daily living, for all of humanity.

Meet Inspirational VIPS

Erica Wiebe - Olympic Champion - Wrestling | Speaker