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TRIBE. TRUST. TEAM.
Let’s get raw and real, as fourteen influential women talk about the many ways that collaboration became a powerful game-changer in their lives.
Competition is an old paradigm. Great women empower other women to be great, and behind every collaborating woman is a tribe of women who have her back. Everything’s easier, and everyone flies higher than they would have dreamed possible. It also makes the journey a lot more fun!
You are a WOW Woman of Worth and you are absolutely glorious!
"Collaboration is the best thing I've ever done for myself, hands down, and WOW leads the way. This book shows you how to make choices that support exactly how you want to succeed and show up in the world. By collaborating you will feel more alive, while creating bigger and better experiences to see and believe your worth."
Linda Edgecombe, Celebrity Humorist and Hall of Fame Speaker
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
So sit down, relax, and maybe pour a glass of wine. You're about to meet some extraordinary women between the pages of this book, as the authors share their real-life stories that punch you in the gut, impact, and inspire.
It’s time to Collaborate. It’s time to Get WOWed.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Successful women are rarely born that way. Almost every empowered CEO, manager, entrepreneur, and “motherpreneur” I’ve known has come from humble beginnings and, sometimes, almost unspeakable pain and suffering.
Let’s talk about Collaboration
“You can't whistle a symphony”
Linkedin: WOW Christine Awram
Chocolate is a vegetable, because it comes from a bean.” This is just one of many outrageous statements you’ll hear from Christine Awram (while wearing a pink tiara) as she encourages women to question any of their beliefs that limit an empowered, joyful, and successful life.
She’s the founder of Woman Of Worth WOW Worldwide and is a dynamic speaker, author, visionary, and philanthropist. Christine radiates vitality with her indomitable spirit and humour. Yet her earlier years began as a teenage runaway who experienced addiction, illness and depression. She inspires others by sharing the specific strategies she used to move from futility to fulfillment, and how she transformed challenges into passion and purpose.
Christine’s commitment to the empowered leadership of women resulted in her being honoured with the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Global Women’s Summit. She has personally inspired over 10,000 women through her WOW events, has published six #1 bestselling books in the past three years, and believes she is just getting warmed up.
It Takes a Village to Raise a Grown-Up
“It turns out I’m not in charge of everything. I was shocked too!”
Amy Reedman, RA® EOT® is the founder and owner of The Blending Bar® in Maple Ridge,B.C.,Canada. At nineteen years old, Amy learned what aromatherapy isn’t due to poor label regulations and sneaky marketing tactics. Determined to get informed, she went to college to become an Aromatherapist and imagined opening an essential oil blending bar one day.
Eight years later, Amy finally opened The Blending Bar® in her basement suite in 2009. Inspired by her personal relationship with anxiety and depression, and her uphill experience as an entrepreneur, Amy later developed the Success with Integrity® and Inspired Self-Care® programs.
Honouring the principles of Success and Self-Care, Amy reached out to other Aromatherapists and created a team. The brick and mortar Blending Bar opened in 2017 and the “Blending Bartenders” blend, stir and shake aromatherapy products at the bar, served with each guest’s name on the label! The Blending Bar also provides locally handcrafted goods and houses a Learning Lounge for workshops, a Wellness Room for holistic services, with the collaboration of over fifty Community Partners. How refreshing!
“Do what you love.” — Kelley O’Hara
LinkedIn: Christine Henry
As a self-taught photography artist and writer, Christine has spent the last twenty-five years creating stories through the lens of her camera. As a freelance special events photographer she captures candid life moments, providing fond memories for many to share. Her photo art canvases and cards sell through a variety of galleries, solo shows in commercial spaces, and from her home studio. She is a published author of non-fiction short stories, found in numerous publications.
In collaboration with other artists, Christine seeks to inspire women to explore their creative abilities and re-discover their childlike imagination and sense of adventure. She encourages women to make time for themselves to “Come Play” in a relaxed, fun group workshop offering art, photography, writing,
With the support of her husband, she is completing her own
book called “Who Cares?” Christine is a proud grandmother of six talented and creative grandchildren who inspire her to “Come Play.”
Ideas + Collaborations =
Dreams Come True
“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” — R. W. Emerson
Denise has been a Registered Nurse for over twenty years and has witnessed firsthand how one kind word – or unkind word – can change a life. She is leading people to become reflexively kind by creating more self-awareness of how one act of kindness really CAN have a profound impact on an individual, and on the world.
Denise’s call to action is to instill the thought that perpetual kindness from one person to another can move individuals to do the same, with global consequences. With the help of science, Denise is inspiring people to be more mindful of their actions and words, of the effect they really do have on people, and the benefits we can reap just by being a bit nicer to people; increasing our productivity, accuracy, and sales, as well as decreasing our stress and increasing our health overall, to name just a few.
Her latest book “Perpetual Kindness: Creating a Global
Movement Towards Love,” is now available on Amazon
Living Beyond Ourselves
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” — Mother Teresa
Facebook: Dianne Jackson
Dianne Jackson has a philosophy that while goals can be difficult to reach, and it takes a long time to be good at anything, and a million hurdles will sway you, “you can do it”if you don’t lose focus or give up.
Her mantra is to enjoy the journey; make every day special. Don’t let money, or time, or others’ opinions, or pessimism excuse you from pursuing your dreams. We women live in a more empowered place and time, such that has never been experienced in the past.
Dianne is an outdoor enthusiast and hiker; some of her exploits have been the West Coast Trail, the Chilkoot Trail, Machu Pichu in Peru, and El Camino in northern Spain.
After a variety of jobs in business, Dianne now privately tutors ESL to new immigrants. She lives in White Rock and operates a bed and breakfast.
She spends as much time as she can with her ninety-two- year-old mother who lives in White Rock, and her two children and their families who live in Vancouver and Saskatoon. Her grandchildren are the highlights of her life, and life is good!
The Naked Truth About Collaboration
“Listening to our intuition, noticing what’s being shown to us through situations, experiences, and the people around us is a form of collaboration with our highest self.” — Janice Otremba
When others run from conflict, Janice tackles it head on; she asks the tough questions and reveals the difficult answers—the ones that are hard to face but that will empower change. As a certified coach, professional speaker, and trainer, Janice helps individuals hone in on their true values, extend communication in ways they never thought possible, and reveal undiscovered choices. Whether
she is providing training to an organization so they can build stronger teams or coaching individuals one-on-one, she enhances communication, collaboration, and profits.
Nothing Janice does is cookie-cutter! Her dynamic personality and quick wit, along with an acute understanding of human behaviour, bring a lively and animated approach to her work. She speaks from personal experience and is pragmatic, cutting through the BS to navigate change.
Janice has more than twenty years of experience and education in holistic health care, counselling, and adult education. She provides her clients with a collaborative perspective in the areas of stress management, health and wellness, leadership, team development, and work-life harmony. She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia with her husband George.
Be Brave — Ask for Help
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” — Brené Brown
At age fifteen, Karalee almost invested in gold bullion when it was $17/ounce.Lesson learned – she now trusts her intuition and says “yes” to many opportunities.
With a degree in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of British Columbia, Karalee was one of the founders of Westside Physiotherapy & Hand Clinic. After twelve years she sold
her practice to raise her family. The clinic continues its strong professional reputation today and is one of Karalee’s legacies.
With her passion for health and wellness, Karalee joined Monat Global in 2016 as an Independent Market Partner. Since Monat Global is the only MLM company specializing in naturally based nontoxic haircare products, she sees the advantage in building a business with minimal direct competition.
Karalee embraces the Pay It Forward concept and puts in time and energy helping women that want to help themselves. She finds spending quality family time fulfilling, as well as knowing that her networking is making a difference in the world beyond her reach.
Karalee invites you to contact her. She can mentor you in the Monat business or help you achieve your best.
Collaboration Saved My Life
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela
Kristal Barrett-Stuart is the founder of The Sparkle Project BC, a non-profit initiative to help empower young girls to explore their passions, gain confidence, and share their own unique sparkle with the world through workshops, an annual empowerment event, a handbook, and song. She is the au- thor of “Sparkle: An Inspirational Handbook for Young Girls,” an inspirational speaker, and a country singer/songwriter – her single “Sparkle” was co-written and produced by Juno award- winning country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Kristal was diagnosed with late stage neurological Lyme disease in 2017 and is currently taking time off to focus on her health and her family. During this time she has gained a newfound passion for plant-based eating, holistic healing, and emotional healing all as a part of the healing puzzle.
The Magical Life
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo... And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” — Apple “Think Different” ad campaign
Facebook: Kyra Koko Wong
Kyra Wong is a Vancouver-based vice president and national advocate for the advancement of women. She challenges the status quo and is willing to boldly stand out and speak up to champion gender equality. She has learned through her own personal adversity that every journey in life is a gift from which we can create magic, if we so choose. Through conversation, collaboration, and inspiration, Kyra is following her heart to pursue her dream of helping women smash through glass ceilings, reach for the stars, and create joyful and empowered lives within a society that values true equality.
Kyra has embraced a new, purposeful challenge of helping women succeed through the Magical Unicorn Project, which encompasses the importance of both men and women working together as a unified front towards a future centered around S.P.A.R.K.L.E. and inclusion. She is also one of the founding committee members of Kares.ca, which is an organization that helps fund scholarships and provides engaging programs for at-risk youth so they reach their full potential. Kyra was named a Woman of Influence by CMP Magazine in both 2015 and 2016.
“A day without laughing is a day wasted.”
Her non-BS approach is hilarious and engaging as she helps you become more accountable, loosen up, lighten the load and laugh. Her latest book “Breaking Busy” is a gamechanger for those who want to step off the treadmill and step into feeling alive.
Becoming a Radiant Woman
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.” — Marianne Williamson
Facebook: Radiance Burlesque or Mariah-Jane Thies
Mariah-Jane is a certified RAD ballet teacher and Laban modern teacher, holds a dance degree, and is currently working towards her masters. Mariah-Jane branched out beyond her dance training to become certified both as a Brain Gym instructor and a Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training consultant (reflex integration) and is pioneering incorporating these modalities into
the dance community.
Mariah-Jane teaches classes, workshops and seminars
worldwide, and has a dance technique book due for publication in 2019. While her background is dance, she works privately with clients – both dancers and non-dancers – to help them become a full-bodied and whole brain state individual with strong self- image, confidence, and deep body knowledge skills for continual personal development and effective stress management.
Mariah-Jane discovered her love of the Burlesque style when participating in a local production of the musical “Sweet Charity.” Her Radiant Woman Burlesque classes began subsequently and have continued to develop since into the full Radiant Woman programme, including her trademark Femininergy course. All women deserve to love their bodies, to feel comfortable and confident, and to fully own the authentic nature they were born to share with the world.
You Got This, Mama — Moms Empowering Other Moms
“Be kind to one another.”
— Ellen DeGeneres
Born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Michelle Keast grew up with very strong family values. She is happily married to her loving and supportive husband, Mike, and is the devoted and dedicated mother of two young children and step-mother to two teenage boys.
Michelle received a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education at Capilano University and then earned a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Special Needs from the University of British Columbia. After teaching Kindergarten for eight years, she went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) in the “Learning in the early years” program at Simon Fraser University.
Michelle’s dream is to spread kindness from one mom
to another by proactively telling moms “you got this, mama,” letting them know that they are a part of a village of moms that support one another. To take this a step further, she has created a website where moms can celebrate and collaborate with one another, share stories, acquire information, and be inspired to help each other and themselves in moments of motherhood need.
Failures, Collaborations, and Opening New Doors
“Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.”
— Aisha Tyler
Treva Gambs is a restaurant owner, business advocate, and inspirational speaker. She is a thirty-five-year veteran of the hospitality industry, is involved in her local chambers, and is a board member of the Oregon Restaurant Association. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children. Treva is very passionate about her industry and is politically involved. Her speaking engagements are about opening doors and supporting women in your community. Treva is not only involved in WOW but several other women’s groups as well, included WiNE (Women’s Network of Entrepreneurs) and Amazing U.
When Treva is not at the restaurant, you will find her at the lake in the summer where she loves to ski, surf, and kayak, or up on the ski hill in the winter. She has three wonderful children and two grandchildren so far.
From Attitude to Gratitude
“Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones.” — Unknown
Facebook: CUPNUP – Can-U-Please-Not-Use-Plastic
Victoria Cottier grew up in England as an only child. She later lived in Iran, which led to her making a traumatic escape through Turkey at the beginning of a war in the Middle East.
Upon her return to London, she had a successful career as a legal executive before moving to Canada, where she and her husband opened Nutraways health store in North Vancouver. The success of that venture led to her opening a three-store chain of vitamin stores called Victoria’s Health and later another natural food supermarket in Halifax called Organic Earth Market.
Victoria has had a very rewarding career providing thousands of people with nutritional and lifestyle counselling to help them with their health challenges. To this day, she continues to provide health and business coaching.
Victoria is also passionate about ecology and limiting the damage that has been caused by wasteful use of disposable plastic and the overuse of chemicals and prescription drugs.
Victoria’s newest venture is a product to overcome sugar cravings to aid in weight loss and diabetic control.