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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.
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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.
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.