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Words Women and Wisdom Show, February 20, 2024

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Guest, Monica Kretschmer, Founder & CEO of Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration Awards, the SupportHER PROGRAM

Words Women and Wisdom Show with Yvonne E L Silver

Guest, Monica Kretschmer is the Founder and CEO of the Universal Womens Network™, the Women of Inspiration™ Awards and SupportHER™ elevating allies to the conversation to advance women in business. She is the host of the Women of Inspiration™ Podcast and the publisher of the UWomen Magazine™ and Women of Inspiration™ Book.

Monica is a visionary and trailblazer who believes your story does not define you, it empowers you. She refers to her personal story of resilience as the “Seven Year Journey”. The 4800 hours of litigation and 22 days trail in family court inspired her to create the Women of Inspiration™ Awards and the Universal Womens Network™.

Since launching in 2014, Monica has broken traditional barriers and silos by embracing equity, diversity and inclusion. She has been recognized as one of 10 Top LinkedIn Voices for Gender Equity in North America, as a Business in Calgary Business Leader, an Alberta Flood Hero by the Premier of Alberta and she has been acknowledged for her work with a UN Women’s Initiative Award.

During the pandemic, Monica published the first edition of the Women of Inspiration™ book – Women Driving Change featuring 100 inspiring women from diverse industries. The celebration of the book included the launch of graphics trucks travelling across North America with the faces of contributors.

 Universal Womens Network™ Inc

The Universal Womens Network™ Inc. is an inclusive network of female CEO's, business leaders, changemakers, trailblazers, visionaries and SupportHERs from diverse industries who lead, inspire and motivate.

The Universal Womens Network™ is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion by raising the bar to advance women at all levels where decisions are being made through our media, awards, events, programs and certification.

The Universal Womens Network™ welcomes men to the conversation as allies who SupportHER™ and strategically partner with companies committed to the advancement of women.

The Universal Womens Network™ empowers women by unlocking the ripple effect to inspire change for a more inclusive world.

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Guest, Monica Kretschmer

Guest Name
Monica Kretschmer
Monica Kretschmer
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Founder & CEO
Guest Biography

Monica is inspirational!  She is the Founder and CEO of Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration Awards, the SupportHER PROGRAM elevating male business leaders who empower women in the workplace. And founder of The Nest Foundation [3] empowering women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children. Monica is a native Calgarian and entrepreneur at heart with a passion for building authentic connections, empowering women and embracing 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 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. Monica's big juicy vision is to grow Canadian Business Chicks nationally and Women of Inspiration globally. Our interview will dive deeply into moving from "Chaos to Confidence", an inspiring story of what can happen when your intuition guides you and a deeper purpose emerges.  Join us on Tuesday, July 24th at noon MST (11am PST) to learn more, and dial in with your questions to support you to elevate your confidence!


Yvonne Silver

19 July 2018

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 a complex seven-year litigation. 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 Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration and The Nest Foundation. It was through this adversity that Monica was able to step into her power and strength as a woman. Her values – courage, confidence, commitment and integrity – as well as the love for her son, gave her the strength she needed to build a new life for her family.

Join me and listen to a story of courage, commitment, integrity and confidence, and what is next...

Words Women and Wisdom Show

Words Women and Wisdom Show with Yvonne Silver
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Yvonne E. L. Silver, CEC, CPHR, RP

Born an enterprising, forward-thinking and original "Avant-Garde" female, I believe in living a mission-inspired and purposeful life!

I am passionate about inspiring women to live into their potential and elevate their confidence, especially visionary female leaders who are looking to scale up their business venture. My work is primarily with Founders, Leaders and professionals (6-figure+), and mission-inspired businesses or social enterprise groups, those who empower other women are especially exciting to work with. After serving on Boards, and as a corporate VP and Director, with 8 start-up experiences - evolution and constant expansion are keys to life being interesting and purposeful.

My expertise is with:

  • Women's Growth
  • Confident Conversations
  • Mentorship
  • Knowledge sharing through speaking, writing, radio, coaching, mentorship and women's resource groups.

Teaching women to Flourish in business is a passion. I am a Speaker, Author, Coach, and Mentorship Chair, with my book “Words, Women and Wisdom: The Modern Art of Confident Conversations” coming soon (anticipated release - summer 2018), and host for the Words, Women and Wisdom Show (BBS Radio) to elevate confident living. When women elevate their confidence, are heard and valued, they make more impact, have more fun and greater success in business! Professionally I am a Certified Executive Coach, Chartered HR Professional and Reiki Practitioner, Certified in Emotional Intelligence - on the team for the Coaches Business School.

I believe...

Are you ready to elevate your confidence - you're in the right place...


BBS Station 1
Bi-Weekly Show (Even Week)
1:00 pm CT
1:55 pm CT
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