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


I first learned to live alone at 55 years of age. After 36 years of marriage, we were divorced. I turned to friends during my life makeover for support. I hosted a series of Nurture Nights in my new place and invited friends over for pot luck evenings. Most of the women had a story to share about their own challenges and the lessons they learned while meeting their life challenges. When they shared their life lessons, I felt empowered.

These events grew as my friends invited their friends and I moved these gatherings to a public space to make room for everyone who wanted to join us.

Now, we’re making “herstory” by sharing our stories with one another in a more formal way. Five speakers share their stories online on a monthly basis. We have a celebration each November to mark another year filled with wonderful stories.

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.

Who do you know who wants to build and benefit from a vibrant circle of support in their own community?

Spoken Lives: Stories Women Share is an established speaker series where four real women share their stories of triumph, adventure and success from the stage. This inspiring series is expanding to new cities in North America. We’re looking for Curators and Ambassadors in other cities to jump-start other Spoken Lives chapters.

Curators receive a manual to guide them as they select the speakers and set up their events. They also benefit from the monthly mentoring calls with Elizabeth Verwey.  This is a fantastic opportunity to join a supportive and connected network and a powerful way to build relationships with women in your community.

Spoken Lives Curators will:

  • Get support & share the experience with a professional and positive team
  • Establish relationships and develop new friendships
  • Acquire the skills to plan and execute remarkable events
  • Get support & share experience with a professional and positive team
  • Refine your emcee skills to create successful Spoken Lives events
  • Raise your profile, locally
  • Become part of a national team of Spoken Lives Curators!

Event Details:

Frequency of Events: We are promoting 6-8 events in your city
Format: 4 speakers share from the stage at each event (2.5 hours)
Audience: These events attract women who want to feel connected and supported by others. They are curious about others.

Let’s have a conversation about Spoken Lives in your community!

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Speaking Opportunities

Interested in speaking?

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.

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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.

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Faye Perkins

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

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