Subscribe to our newsletter
Please feel free to complete this form for questions about events, curating an event yourself and media inquiries. If you would like to be a speaker, please complete the Speaker Form on this page.
Call us at: +1 (416) 729-1713 and Follow us on Facebook
Speaker contact form
Our speakers share their stories to help others and become part of a community creating Circles of Support. Speakers condense their stories to 15 minutes and focus on the lessons learned, to reduce the learning curve for other women.
Reach out. We’re open to hearing your story.
A word from our speakers
Sharing our experiences can build one’s confidence and faith. As a sole proprietor in a competitive, difficult industry, Spoken Lives is a foundational support for me, as I endeavour to stay true to myself and my goals. Through Spoken Lives, I am reminded that we can create communities that support one another rather than destroy ourselves through needless competition. Thank you Elizabeth Verwey for helping us to build new approaches that are sustainable and supportive.
Spoken Lives gave me the opportunity to reflect on myself and to weave together my activities – writing, weightlifting and canoeing, to make sense of how my ‘third act’ was unfolding. It was also an opportunity to share a more complete picture of myself with friends who came to listen, who were familiar with only part of my story. I received great feedback and the process itself has inspired more writing.Madelyn Webb
Curated by: Elizabeth Verwey
After 36 years of marriage, we went through a divorce. I had to learn to live alone for the first time in my life. I turned to friends during this life makeover and invited them to my new place for a series of Nurture Nights. We shared food and stories at these pot luck evenings. Women shared their challenges and the life lessons they learned while meeting their life challenges.
These events grew as friends invited their friends and we needed to move these gatherings to a public space to make room for everyone who wanted to join these wonderful evenings.
Now, we’re creating circles of support and making “herstory” by sharing our stories with one another in a more formal way. Four speakers share from the stage and other stories are shared at the tables. I’m looking for awesome women in other cities to open chapters to support the women they know.
Authentic Women. Genuine Community. Real Stories.
Curated by: Shirin Ariff
I am a best-selling author, an inspirational speaker and women's empowerment coach committed to helping women remain buoyant and find their strength when faced with challenges in life.
After braving immigration to Canada and surviving thyroid cancer and as a single mother of 4 beautiful children, I understand adversity and hardship. Despite the lemons that life handed me, I dug deep and found resilience. I started the Shining Star Movement. Today, I empower other women to become their own North Stars, their own guiding force and live their lives by design.