Welcome to Spoken Lives

Stories Women Share

Please join us at Spoken Lives Online! The COVID-19 virus has us practicing physical distancing from one another, but our community is still strong! We are resilient!

These vibrant evenings are creating new connections for women. Four women speak on each webinar and we see ourselves in their stories.

These women share stories of adventure, success and what they learned along the way. They offer inspiring stories, share their challenges and triumphs, and that motivates the women who attend. 

Authentic women sharing stories of adventure, triumph and success.

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Dates for Online Events

Toronto Central

Mondays, May 25th and September 21st

Toronto West

Wednesdays, April 8th and June 3rd

Historias Mujeres Comparten

Tues April 21st, Tues May 12th and Wed June 3rd


2020 Lifestyle Workshops, by Spoken Lives

Near Queen Street East & Broadview Avenue in Toronto. Thursdays: noon – 3:00 pm (lunch included).
Tickets $25.  Click on the event title below to book - and check Eventbrite for updates.

Understanding Money Workshop

Thursday, February 27th

Sponsored by Francesca Rea, Assante Capital Management


Read about it here


Planning for the Unexpected


Thursday, April 23rd

Sponsored by Rest Assured and Elinor Shinehoft, from Shinehoft Law

Rest Assured LogoShinehoft Law logo


Letting Go
of Fears

Thursday, September 24th

Being Bold and Beautiful

Thursday, October 22nd

Silver Linings Gala - 23 November 2020


Silver Linings Gala

A celebration of past speakers and our community


See what our participants are saying

What is Spoken Lives?

Watch previous event recaps

Spoken Lives has become quite a tradition for my friends and I. We all have busy lives and getting together is imperative but sporadic. Spoken Lives has provided a chance for quality time, dinner, refreshments and an evening of inspiration and empowerment. Alone or with friends, I always feel welcome. Elizabeth Verwey has brought together an interesting and inclusive group of women from all walks of life. Both the audience and the speakers are real woman with real stories with experiences and wisdom to share. If you’re looking for a safe, friendly, openminded, expansive evening please join us at the paintbox for dinner beforehand at 6pm or 7pm for the Speaker series. You’ll find me there. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Come with friends or solo, everyone is very friendly and welcoming.

Lynne P. McNelly

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Wild Woman Project Circle Leader Toronto

Spoken lives is much more than an event, It has become a community of women who speak from the heart and soul. This collaborate group of individuals share their passions, moments of triumph , bringing strength and awareness to a room filled with people listening from the edge of their seats to every word spoken , listening for the gold. This group becomes more expansive with each event, as we certainly always want to bring someone else in our lives to share the experience with. The space provides an atmosphere for all of us to connect with one another, share our own lives, and create deeply connected relationships. Spoken lives is more than an event, it has become a community.

Megan Sheppard

RE/MAX Hallmark realty

I’ve been attending ‘Spoken Lives’ evenings since their inception and I have to say I wouldn’t miss one of them for the world.  Elizabeth has done an incredible job of curating a roster of truly amazing women who ‘bare their souls’ each and every time.  They say that ‘everyone has a story’ and boy, do you ever realize how very true that is when you attend an event. The women who speak do it from the heart with such passion and eloquence that you wonder how they can all be in the same room at the same time!  I have learned so much since attending. The themes are always fascinating and relevant to my life in one way or another.  I have met incredible women and have gone away just that much ‘better’ as a person myself having interacted with such inspirational people.  Thank you, Elizabeth, for creating such a wonderful, genuine and loving experience for us.

Karyn Spiesman

from Toronto

I am looking forward to future events. I am a big fan of what you do. Spoken Lives is awesome in my estimation. It heartens me in ways that are beyond my understanding. I just feel and know it is all good medicine.

Robert L

from Toronto

Become a Spoken Lives Curator

Do you want to raise your business and personal profile? Join an established network of women supporting women!


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.

Hispanic/Latin Chapter

Hispanic/Latin Chapter

Curated by: Irma Paredes

In 1991 I began to produce events in Toronto to SHARE the brilliance of my own mother, Teresa Paredes; a woman who raised seven children with her late Husband, Juan Paredes. Under political upheavals during the Military Coup in Chile, we made our way to Canada in the winter of 1975 with nothing but the clothes on our backs and only $9 in my father's wallet. 

So, you could imagine the surprise when we found out that she had gone back to Chile for the sole purpose of publishing her poetry book, Poesia Errante. We never even knew she was writing!  My parents inspired HOPE, birthed perseverance and developed my mindset to NEVER give up. This is the foundation of my passion and my own commitment to uplift Canadian Hispanic/Latin-American Women originated. 

I produce events to inspire, connect and empower women to be free to express their own stories in safe and uplifting environments. Through events such as Noche en Poesia, the production of the First ever Vagina Monologues in Spanish and launching a Hispanic Women Network, I have been able to connect and embrace women with amazing stories. Stories that I believe need to be heard through Spoken Lives Historias Mujeres Comparten Event Series. As a perfect blend these truths will be shared in both English and Spanish as we grow and expand our dreams in Canada.



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.

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