Profiles


Meet Beverley Cheng, Founder of Born to Sweat graphic

Meet Beverley Cheng, Founder of Born to Sweat

April, 30th, 2018

After leaving her secure, full-time job in insurance, Beverley Cheng took the plunge into entrepreneurship, focusing her time and energy on building her brand, Born to Sweat. Now, she’s a self-employed fitness trainer, sports-model, and blogger in Toronto. Her blog, Born to Sweat, published its first post in January 2014, and since then has continued […]


Meet Stephanie Ciccarelli, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Voices.com graphic

Meet Stephanie Ciccarelli, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Voices.com

April, 27th, 2018

 Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Chief Brand Officer and one of the founders of Voices.com, the industry-leading website that connects businesses with professional voice talent. A respected mentor and speaker, Stephanie is considered one of the most connected people in the industry and has been listed on the PROFIT Magazine 2013, 2015, and 2016 W100 lists, […]


Meet Jess Tomlin, the President and CEO of Canada’s only global fund for women graphic

Meet Jess Tomlin, the President and CEO of Canada’s only global fund for women

April, 26th, 2018

Awarded 2017’s Most Innovative Woman of the Year by the Stevie Awards, Jess Tomlin is the President and CEO of The MATCH International Women’s Fund, Canada’s only global fund for women, providing resources to organizations around the world working to dismantle the status quo through innovation and disruption. Jess herself has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, […]


Meet Sarah Power, Founder of curated shopping event, INLAND graphic

Meet Sarah Power, Founder of curated shopping event, INLAND

April, 25th, 2018

Sarah is the founder of INLAND, a Canadian fashion and apparel shopping event featuring 70 curated brands each spring and fall edition. An emerging influencer in the Canadian fashion landscape, Sarah has brought together over 400 labels and brands from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax to showcase and sell their collections directly to […]


Meet Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer at Metrolinx graphic

Meet Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer at Metrolinx

April, 25th, 2018

 Leslie Woo is Chief Planning Officer at Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. In 2015 she was named the Outstanding Leader by Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network for her work leading the strategic planning for Metrolinx. A key partner with the Chief Capital Officer in the delivery of the $35 […]


Meet Tahani Aburaneh, a child immigrant turned multi-millionaire real estate mogul graphic

Meet Tahani Aburaneh, a child immigrant turned multi-millionaire real estate mogul

April, 20th, 2018

Tahani Aburaneh was born in a refugee camp and at age 15, was arranged to marry to a man living in Canada whom she had never met. Overcoming many adversities, today, she is the author of the bestselling book, Real Estate Riches and is one of Canada’s top real estate moguls and the founder of […]


The Successful Life of Pets: How veterinarian Trina Bailey turned a lifelong passion into a thriving business graphic

The Successful Life of Pets: How veterinarian Trina Bailey turned a lifelong passion into a thriving business

April, 17th, 2018

    By Karen van Kampen     As a five-year-old girl growing up in a farming community on the West Coast of Newfoundland, Dr. Trina Bailey knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Surrounded by a “menagerie of pets” that included a bunny, dog, cat and gerbils, the veterinary surgeon says, “I don’t […]


Meet Nichelle Laus, a former police officer turned transformational coach graphic

Meet Nichelle Laus, a former police officer turned transformational coach

April, 12th, 2018

Nichelle Laus boldly left a 15-year career as a police officer to pursue her passion for health and fitness. She is now a professional transformational coach and fitness expert for women. As a mother of four Nichelle has managed to build her own brand and open her own personal training centre, Optimum Training Centre.    […]


The Business of Uncoupling: A conversation with divorce financial consultant, Eva Sachs graphic

The Business of Uncoupling: A conversation with divorce financial consultant, Eva Sachs

April, 9th, 2018

  As the co-owners of Earth Inc., a successful landscape design firm in Toronto, Kennedy McRae and James Dale have the opportunity to meet (and create beautiful backyards for) some powerhouse women of influence. In this Q&A, they’re introducing the WOI community to their client, Eva Sachs, a certified financial planner who specializes in separation […]


Meet Ali de Bold, co-founder of ChickAdvisor graphic

Meet Ali de Bold, co-founder of ChickAdvisor

April, 6th, 2018

Ali de Bold co-founded ChickAdvisor with her husband Alex in 2006. The digital platform was created after the couple realized that there were no review websites specifically dedicated to women and the products they use. Ali is the main spokesperson for ChickAdvisor and a brand advocate for the variety of top-tier brands that the platform […]


Learning and Leaning In: How an EMBA gave Darielle Corsaro the confidence to take her career to new heights graphic

Learning and Leaning In: How an EMBA gave Darielle Corsaro the confidence to take her career to new heights

April, 5th, 2018

    Darielle Corsaro was looking for a new challenge. On the advice of a mentor, she enrolled in an MBA program — and returned to work not only with added knowledge, but also a newfound confidence. The former controller is now VP of finance and operations, and embracing big-picture thinking.   By Kristen Sears […]


Meet Kimberly Khoury, a Chief Commercial Officer on top of the snow removal industry graphic

Meet Kimberly Khoury, a Chief Commercial Officer on top of the snow removal industry

April, 3rd, 2018

Kimberly Khoury is the Chief Commercial Officer at TruServe/Clintar Franchise. While the industry is primarily male-dominated, Kimberly excels, overseeing customer service, operations, sales, marketing, and human resources — and sometimes, even plowing snow in -30 degree temperatures. With a Master’s degree from Penn State University and over 23 years of international work experience, Kimberly’s passion […]


What’s Needed: how one talented tech innovator — turned bank VP — sees female founders getting ahead graphic

What’s Needed: how one talented tech innovator — turned bank VP — sees female founders getting ahead

April, 2nd, 2018

    As a veteran of the tech start-up world, Nicole German understands what’s needed to help female founders get ahead. Now, as vice-president, enterprise digital marketing, at Scotiabank, she’s helping to get those resources into the right hands.   By Shelley White     Every day, talented female entrepreneurs across Canada are innovating — […]


Meet Isabelle Fish, founder of private fashion boutique, Rue Pigalle graphic

Meet Isabelle Fish, founder of private fashion boutique, Rue Pigalle

April, 2nd, 2018

Born and raised in France, Isabelle Fish practiced law in in the US, UK and South Africa before moving to Calgary in 2002 — and changing to a career in fashion retail. Another move to Toronto a few years later led to the opening of her by-appointment fashion boutique, Rue Pigalle, where she styles clients […]


Meet Jessica Hung, CEO of an Innovative Diaper Brand graphic

Meet Jessica Hung, CEO of an Innovative Diaper Brand

April, 2nd, 2018

Jessica Hung is CEO of Parasol Co., a global diaper brand that is committed to making the world’s softest diapers with an artful and creative approach. An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, Jessica has years of experience in finance, marketing, strategic planning, and launching new companies — however, this is her first professional foray into the […]


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How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of Being a Female Entrepreneur

March, 27th, 2018

    Being an entrepreneur means jumping on the scariest, most exciting roller coaster ride of your life. For women, hanging on during those drops and not-so-gradual descents means you absolutely must have confidence, even when you really don’t; balance, even when it doesn’t exist; and enough self-awareness to send yourself to the corner for […]


Dressed for Success: How Stephanie Ray is redefining the work wardrobe for women graphic

Dressed for Success: How Stephanie Ray is redefining the work wardrobe for women

March, 26th, 2018

    As a law student, Stephanie Ray couldn’t find work-appropriate clothing that was comfortable, affordable, and stylish enough to carry her from day to night. So she started her own fashion line, Grayes, to fill the gap.   By Sarah Kelsey     Stephanie Ray, the founder of Grayes clothing, had an inkling she […]


Meet Gabrielle Nydam, President of Contiki Canada graphic

Meet Gabrielle Nydam, President of Contiki Canada

March, 22nd, 2018

    Gabrielle Nydam is President at Contiki Canada. With over a decade in the industry, Gabrielle has worked in various roles within the tourism industry and has travelled extensively across the globe. Most recently with ME to WE, a social enterprise focused on culturally immersive volunteer travel, she oversaw the creation and growth of […]


Meet Carolyn Ansley, Founder of Brand for Benefit graphic

Meet Carolyn Ansley, Founder of Brand for Benefit

March, 21st, 2018

In 2017, Carolyn Ansley founded Brand for Benefit, a consultancy dedicated to helping companies transform their business through socially responsible and sustainable business practices. She is an accomplished, award-winning executive leader known for exceptional strategic vision and execution, proven from leadership roles at Nestle Canada to co-founding and leading KABRITA USA, a North American baby […]


Mission Possible: Sitting down with globally renowned cybersecurity expert, Diana Burley graphic

Mission Possible: Sitting down with globally renowned cybersecurity expert, Diana Burley

March, 20th, 2018

    Cybersecurity is critical to how our society functions. It is also evolving as quickly as it’s growing, and in this industry dominated by white men, Diana Burley is making sure her unique voice is helping to shape the future.   By Stephania Varalli     Diana Burley is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert. She […]


“I want to be CEO” — How Heather Kernahan voiced her dream to make it happen graphic

“I want to be CEO” — How Heather Kernahan voiced her dream to make it happen

March, 15th, 2018

    Heather Kernahan ended up in Silicon Valley when the Toronto tech company she was working for was acquired by its largest competitor. Her next steps — which eventually led her to becoming President of North America for Hotwire PR — were entirely under her control.   By Joanne Fedeyko      Heather Kernahan […]


Meet Tosin Adeniji, an on-the-rise tech innovator from East London graphic

Meet Tosin Adeniji, an on-the-rise tech innovator from East London

March, 9th, 2018

Tosin Adeniji began her career in the heart of London, first as an intern for Vision PR and progressing to EMI/Universal Records, where she worked with the likes of Coldplay, Katy Perry, and more. Never one to rest on her laurels and following her life mantra of “thinking randomly big,” Tosin applied to study for […]


Meet Heather Fraser, Founder & CEO of Vuka Innovation, Inc. graphic

Meet Heather Fraser, Founder & CEO of Vuka Innovation, Inc.

March, 9th, 2018

Heather Fraser exudes a passion for innovation fuelled by human insight, bold ideas and thoughtful strategy. For the first 25 years of her career, she built businesses and over 100 brands through leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, Ogilvy & Mather and TAXI Advertising & Design. In 2005, she co-founded DesignWorks, the Strategy Innovation Lab […]


Meet Sharon Vinderine, founder and CEO Parent Tested Parent Approved graphic

Meet Sharon Vinderine, founder and CEO Parent Tested Parent Approved

March, 1st, 2018

When Sharon Vinderine tried to launch a new baby product, she found that there’s nothing stronger than word of mouth when it comes to marketing to parents. Now, as the founder and CEO of Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) — an online resource parents consult for the best products for their families —she’s banking her […]