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Women Who Inspire


Marilyn Anderson
Connector and Communication Virtuoso


With Marilyn, you use your knowledge and passion for your business to create experiences about which your staff, suppliers, customers – your whole circle – will rave. Marilyn saves business from the hum-drum of merely serving and working with people. She heightens clients’ potential to fully involve all stakeholders. Marilyn increases business success because her clients truly know what their customers experience, want and expect.

Priya Bains
Business Coach, Consultant and Blogger, Virtual Freedom Coaching


Priya coaches entrepreneurs to increase productivity and develop capacity as leaders. Priya specializes in enhancing collaboration and performance between individuals working in different locations and using technology to achieve shared goals. Priya has a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology and 10 years of experience consulting and researching leadership in cross-cultural virtual teams.


April Bellia
Founder and VP, Granola Girl and CEO (Creative Empowerment Officer) Behind KarmaConnect


April founded Granola Girl in 2011 as the result of her desire to connect to customers in a more meaningful way, every day… with a product that could be sold in volume, expand her horizons, connect her with the community, and incite joy. She is CEO of KarmaConnect, a series of events, resources and support for people who are hungry for change and self-actualization. April elevates everything and everyone to a higher plane of possibility.


Jamila Bey
Freelance Journalist, Reporter and Podcast Host, Joint-Host Savvy Resound


Jamila cuts no corners in standing for rights and opportunities. Her knowledgeable, researched and adroit voice is heard in The Sex Politics & Religion Hour (SPAR with Jamila). Jamila is an Executive Board Member for the National Science and Technology News Service and a Board Member for the Secular Coalition for America. She has been a Producer (and Editor) with Al Jazeera Media Network, Air America Radio and National Public Radio, a Host/Reporter with The Voice of Russia. Jamila Chaired the Freelance Committee of the National Press Club.


Dianne Doyle
President and CEO, Providence Health Care


Dianne Doyle has held the role of President and CEO of Providence Health Care since 2006. Dianne is an extraordinary leader, respected for her commitment to creating a values-driven organizational culture that is people-focused and fosters excellence in care, research and teaching. Under her leadership, Providence has been recognized with numerous provincial and national awards, including “Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures” and “Top Employer for New Canadians.”


Abegael Fisher
Lang Myth Teller, Inspiring Presentation Coach, Life Cycle Celebrant and Ritual Maker. Owner, Mythopoetica and Life Thread Ceremonies


Abegael coaches people to craft their stories. She knows the great world myths are longing for our personal narrative images to be spoken aloud in real time or in ‘reel time’ on video. Abegael has presented at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU Imaginative Education Conferences, CBC’s Word on the Street, and UBC Museum of Anthropology. She teaches story technique through organizations like the Celebrant Foundation. Past artistic director, Vancouver International Storytelling Festival and World Storytelling Day, Abegael has developed many enduring community initiatives. She is passionate about storytelling, for, as she says, “there is no power greater than our collective imagination, and storytelling continually strengthens us. We are all stouthearted tellers, and makers of meaning.”

Dawna Jones
Transformation Leader and Trailblazer, Insight Out Consulting


Dawna Jones sees and thinks about global and personal challenges flexibly. Perceiving hidden dynamics, somatic and spiritual intelligence, she activates personal and organizational growth. Author of Decision Making for Dummies, on Steve Denning’s (Forbes) list of 8 noteworthy books for 2014, she blogs for the Huffington Post and hosts the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast.


Katherine Lazaruk, (AICI CIC)
Owner and Principal Consultant, ICU Image Consultants


Katherine knows that creating your image is about more than surface impressions. It is about enabling who you are to be seen by people with whom you want to share ideas, do business and engage in your community. Katherine has been a practicing professional image consultant since 2007.
She is certified in Image Consulting and Advanced Image Consulting through the International Image Institute (Toronto, ON) and holds her international designation (CIC) from the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).


Dana Lyseng
Owner and Creative Director, SuperNova Salon


Owner and Creative Director of Supernova Salon in North Vancouver’s hip Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood, Dana’s energetic, passionate, and creative personality keeps her clients, her team and her business growing and moving to great heights. She loves hairdressing and wants every woman to feel the power of a great hairstyle, and a great hairstylist.
As a platform artist with the prestigious Wella ”Top Stylists” team for Canada, Dana has worked with all the top hairdressers throughout the country. Her colour knowledge is exceptional and she is able to help both clients and fellow hairdressers achieve their very best.


Janice Porter
Coach, Consultant and Trainer at


Janice is a seasoned training specialist and consummate networker and connector. She currently focuses her training work on how to authentically build relationships and communicate effectively, online and offline. Janice’s training programs empower business owners, entrepreneurs, and sales professionals to leverage LinkedIn™ to maximize sales or connect with the network they need.

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Sydney Scott
MBA, D.Ed, Coach, Trainer, Author, The Alchemist Professors


Sydney is a coach/trainer/teacher who stands out from the crowd. Syd works with entrepreneurs to develop their own unique response to challenges that empowers them to over serve their clients, staff and customers, resulting in company and personal growth.   She is co-author of Transmutation – taking your business to the next level and the upcoming Transform Agents of Business.

Vanessa Vega Cruz
Marketing Strategist and Business Developer, Cortijo Spiritu Santo


Vanessa is energy and intelligence personified. In her capacities as Marketing Strategist, Logistics Manager, and Broker, she demonstrates professionalism, skills and customer experience expertise for the businesses with which she works. Vanessa knows what it takes to introduce products into new markets, how to place products so her ideal customers want to purchase and how to network to increase her community of buyers, suppliers and product fans.


Heather Walker
Virtual Assistant. Owner: Virtually Behind the Scenes


Working virtually, seamlessly and with an eye for perfection, Heather takes on administrative tasks – those things her clients really don’t want to do. However, it is relationships that set Heather on fire. Heather believes in coaching and is an advocate for what coaches do, how coaches do it and their audiences.

“I work behind the scenes to make sure the Coach (and their clients) get what they want – on time, respectfully and enthusiastically.”

Our thanks to Heather and Virtually Behind the Scenes for Sponsoring “Connecting You to the People Who Need You – Using Video”


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