SheEO Radical Generosity Award!

Sonia - February 24, 2016

I am filled with gratitude at having been selected as one of the SheEO Radical Generosity fund’s Top 5 women-led ventures!

I found out that I was selected for this honour back in December but had to keep it secret until the retreat and gala that happened this week in Toronto. Along with 5 other incredible female leaders, I spent the weekend at a secluded retreat at a heritage farm outside Toronto. There, we were coached and supported by some of Canada’s top coaches as we developed our self awareness, empathy, and business skills. On the final day, we were given the task of dividing a half million dollar interest-free loan that was crowd-sourced from 500 businesswomen across Canada.

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The 1864 heritage farm, Piper Hill, where the SheEO Retreat took place.

The process was fascinating and heart warming. We spent 8 hours going through one another’s businesses, our values and visions, and the change we each wanted to create in the world with the funds. We worked collaboratively to find ways to support one another and to ensure that each of us felt our needs were fully met.

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Hard at work during our coaching sessions at the weekend retreat.

After the retreat, we returned to Toronto for the Purple Carpet Gala, attended by roughly 250 of the activators who contributed to the fund. I was absolutely awestruck to stand on stage before a standing ovation from the female leaders I look up to as they offered their support of our vision – not just the financial support to help make our CSF stable, but also the support of their networks.

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Overwhelmed by support at the gala!

When I finally had the chance to open my email after the Gala, I was utterly overwhelmed by my flooded inbox! Dozens of offers of support poured in from women across the country offering to help us with everything from logistics and software, to human resources and strategic planning.

My huge gratitude to Vicky Saunders, founder of SheEO, for creating this incredible program!

If you want to share the news or get more details we were featured in the Globe and Mail, News 1130, and Tech Vibes and in this behind-the-scenes video.

Sonia - February 24, 2016

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SheEO Radical Generosity Award!

Sonia - February 24, 2016

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