Lisa Simone Richards (PR & Visibility Coaching)

Lisa Simone Richards

Business:  PR & Visibility Coaching


What is at the heart of your business?

I help health, fitness & wellness entrepreneurs go from unknown and underpaid to standing out and selling out.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

I wanted to find a space of like-minded people on a mission to help others live their best lives full of health & vitality. Finding a women’s-specific community wasn’t on purpose, but it’s an inadvertent natural fit. Somehow there’s always been a female-only area of my life, whether that was Girl Guides, an all-girls high school, or being in a sorority during undergrad. So I’m definitely not surprised I stumbled into a women’s coworking facility!

What does thriving look like to you?

To me, thriving is living in a space of full abundance and possibility – financially, professionally & personally. And of course, having the freedom to enjoy all of those things.

Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Collaboration definitely resonates with me the most. I’m a big believer in collaboration over competition, and as a natural connector, I love to partner with others on certain types of projects.

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I know that a lot of women in the space are entrepreneurs and it’s totally my passion to work with health, fitness, and wellness entrepreneurs – the kind that really wants to make a big difference in the world. However, a lot of the time entrepreneurs can’t afford traditional PR agencies or publicists, so I hope to help the women in the Shecosystem community learn how to stand out in their industries, get known as the experts that they are, and magnetically attract their ideal clients right to them.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life: 

Middle of the day naps. Lots of ’em 🙂

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Don’t wait for permission or perfection. Also, persistence without being a pest is *key* – everything I’ve ever wanted and gotten is because I haven’t been afraid to be persistent, go after, and claim the things I want.


 

CONNECT WITH  LISA!

Website: lisasimonerichards

Twitter: @ellerich

Facebook: Get Seen Get Clients Get Paid

YouTube: Lisa S. Richards

 

Jake Hassel-Gren: LEAP Learning Lab

Jake Hassel-Gren

Business:  Founder of LEAP Learning Lab


What is at the heart of your business?

Enabling women to join forces and turn their combined resources and expertise into the power they need to make the life, and business they want.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

Because I believe women are more powerful and successful together.

What does thriving look like to you?

Thriving is about feeling good in my skin, giving to others, and contributing to my community.

Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Community for sure! In fact, I believe a community is foundational to the future economic model for women entrepreneurs. To thrive, women entrepreneurs need to be willing to bring their businesses together to collaborate and build revenue in a likeminded community.

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I will give my time and my expertise. I am also willing to be a mentor for younger women in the community. I wish to receive support for my new business and hopefully access opportunities to deliver workshops, talks, and small group sessions based on topics relevant to the community.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life: 

I am an avid Crossfitter and I am in my Crossfit box 5 mornings per week without fail

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Seek direction from women who have gone before you, find your niche, find your community, hold your breath and leap!

CONNECT WITH  JAKE!

Website: leaplearninglab

Twitter: jakehg8

Instagram: Jake_hassel_gren

Facebook: leaplearninglab 

YouTube: LEAP Learning Lab

 

Leonie Smith: Thoughtful Workplaces where Every Voice Matters

Leonie Smith

Business:  Founder of The Thoughtful Workplace


What is at the heart of your business?

At The Thoughtful Workplace, we help organisations and their leaders transform perceived difficult conversations into opportunities for building a shared vision around work. We also create systems, based on what people need, to do great work by integrating principles that invite every voice to matter in organisations.

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

I was looking for a space that was positive, encouraging, and where I also felt I could give back. There is a strong alignment in the work of Shecosystem and what I am offering the community through my work.

 

What does thriving look like to you?

Living and working with clarity and in alignment with purpose.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Community and collaboration. I am a woman who is setting out on my own path. I believe that community is necessary to support transition and to give courage to bringing my unique voice to the world through my work. I like being in a place where I can give to and receive from the community. Collaboration is where I thrive. I love to hear from many voices and to find ways of working that are inclusive and fun.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

Mutual support, connection, skill-building and information on peaceful ways of getting work done.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life: 

Sleep.

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Give yourself the gift of finding and learning to tap into your inner voice. That is where your courage lives.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I read a lot and I love reading circles as a way of learning and reflection.


CONNECT WITH  LEONIE!

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Opening Your Day With Positivity

Being an Intern at Shecosystem I found out pretty quickly the importance of taking time during the workday to honour one’s body and mind. Shecosystem is like no other coworking space in Toronto. As a 21-year-old intern, I am constantly thinking of what I can learn, how I can improve, and implement new strategies into my internship.

Many interns my age also have these thoughts racing through their head every day. Luckily for me, I got the opportunity to intern at Shecosystem. Emily, the founder and Chief Community Cultivator of Shecosystem mentioned to me that at 10:00 AM, every morning at Shecosystem we do something particularly different. Something that other coworking spaces don’t do: we have an Opening Circle. It’s a time to gather in the Studio and check in with ourselves and connect with the community before we get back into our work. During this time we take a moment to reflect on our five senses: this might include breathing exercises, picking a reflection card, or getting into our bodies with a self-expression dance. The limit is endless when it comes to possibilities for opening circle!

The positive impact it makes on the rest of the day is amazing:

– Taking just 20 minutes in the morning to clear the mind of any negativity allows me to focus on my work for the rest of the day.

-This is also a way we get to know the members, unlike the conventional cubicle office where you’re sitting at a desk without interaction with other colleagues.

-Opening Circle gives guests the time to acknowledge that our life does intertwine with work.

-Members get a chance to see each others’ personality, give support, and uplift each other.

For instance, today at Opening Circle Emily played us a song about water. This resonated deeply with me. For the past few days in Opening Circle I’ve randomly pulled out reflection cards that keep telling me to spend some time near water. As the song played, I began to express myself with dance. My mind drifted away to the trip I took to Mexico a few months ago. I started moving as if the tides were hitting my back and then pulling me in. It was astonishing, the deeper I got into the music the more vivid my memory became, to the point where I was able to even smell the salt water and recall the feeling of stepping on wet sand. During these sessions we all experience something different, we are listening to our soul and giving it exactly what it needs. It is truly a deeper connection with oneself.

After Opening Circle is over, members are much more comfortable with each other.  This is also a way to network with others within Shecosystem. I can personally say that after our Opening Circle season my mind is no longer foggy, I’m much more focused on my work, and coffee is not needed. These circles we offer are not mandatory, but many of our colleagues make an effort to come in at 10AM so they can start their day off with this moment of intention.

At the end of the day the community gets together again for a Closing Circle. This is a time to reflect on how the day went. Even after my internship is finished, I want to continue taking time out in the morning to do something similar to an opening circle. There are so many benefits to this and I’m excited to share this idea with my friends and family.  

 

Want to experience Shecosystem’s Opening Circles? Book a free tour any morning and join our community to set your intentions for the workday!

 


Christina Melaku is a fourth year student at Michigan State University, studying Economics and International Relations. Her interest in entrepreneurship has landed her here at Shecosystem as a intern for the summer of 2017. Looking forward to learning the ins and outs of running a business. Christina’s post undergrad plan includes continuing her education through a MBA program and launching her online business.  

 

Pat Kack “the Get it Done Girl” is a Startup Enabler

Name: Patricia Kack

Business:  Simplified Communications


What is at the heart of your business?

I am a startup enabler

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

 Want to empower female entrepreneurs

 

What does thriving look like to you?

Progression over perfection.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

All of them – I am an open-minded, collaborative, community-driven feminist, who believes in simplifying life to be sustainable and ensure opportunity and longevity for all.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

Support, networking, goodwill.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life: 

I don’t. I need to learn how to do this consistently.

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to ask – for help, for more.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I am the Get It Done Girl – I can help, all you have to do is ask.

 


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Wisdom Wednesday : How to delight in your mistakes By Shari Lash

“Blend a little levity into your mistakes and learn to laugh with yourself next time you stumble”

 

My recent vacation to London, England was a long overdue change of scenery and a chance to deposit myself into a familiar cultural setting. With English being our common language, I thought I would fit right in. That wasn’t quite the case, however. I learned quickly that the bathroom was called a toilet, the elevator a lift, and fanny, well, fanny is not a polite word for butt, it’s slang for another part of a woman’s anatomy.

One day, the tour bus (or, known in the UK as a Coach) took us outside of London to Henry VIII’s summer palace. During lunch, I decided to try a kale and strawberry smoothie. I brought it back to our too small table and before long the drink was on my lap leaving sticky greenness everywhere. Our day was only half over and I had dinner plans with relatives that evening. I was aghast.

Back on the bus, I sat in the front, next to our tour operator, Rose. In front of us was our bus driver, George. “How did you like the Palace?” Rose asked, innocently. “I loved it,” I replied, “except I spilled a vegetable smoothie all over my pants.” George, who never spoke a word before, started to snicker. “I can’t even wash them or rinse them out until I get back to the hotel tonight!” I lamented, to which George lost his composure completely. He and Rose had a healthy chuckle and I was a little surprised by their response.

“There’s something you ought to know,” said Rose with amusement. In England we say trousers. Pants are underpants.” Even though to me, trousers is a word I associate more with my grandmother, I thanked Rose for clarifying, and we all had a good laugh. Not 24 hours later, I found myself in a Notting Hill clothing shop asking if I could try on a pair of pants in my size. When I noticed the grin on the saleswoman’s face, I caught myself and rephrased my question. Later on that evening I did it again when I “showed off” my new pants at dinner.

Now, back at home, I might have been embarrassed, impatient, or even ashamed by my slow learning. But the fact that I was on vacation, making mistakes was a source of delight. Most importantly, I laughed at myself while others lovingly laughed along with me.

We’ve all found ourselves in situations we’re unfamiliar with. We don’t know the rules and we have to learn to adapt. So many of us go through life being fearful of doing the wrong thing. We don’t try to stretch ourselves lest we feel embarrassed or judged or foolish. Whether we’re starting a new job, learning a new subject, or trying to navigate a new social context, is it possible to embrace challenges with a vacationer’s mind and even delight in our mistakes?
Mistakes are an opportunity for connection and even empathy. In fact, chances are that you’re kinder when pointing out someone else’s misstep. Before you entertain a punishing thought, try to catch yourself and lighten up. When Rose corrected me, and George was laughing, I laughed at myself too. I didn’t blush with embarrassment. From our group chuckle, we all became closer. Rather than feeling vulnerable, hurt or resentful when someone points out a mistake, try receiving new information with some gratitude and a willingness to apply it. Even when I forgot myself several times, trousers became my favourite souvenir word! Holding onto our mistakes — remembering that stupid thing we said over and over again is not going to change a thing. You said it, you did it, you learned something new, now keep moving. Even though I had to spend a whole day in sticky green pants, once I let go of wishing things were different, it didn’t matter to me anymore. In fact, it became a conversation starter!

Confidence comes when we open the door to making mistakes, whatever they may be. And when that door opens and hits us in the pants (or the fanny), we can smile, get back on the bus (or coach) and delight in the fact that we learned something new. Happy trails.


This post was originally written by our member Shari Lash on her blog. Wisdom Wednesdays is a collection of content submitted by our members.

 

Shari Lash is a certified Life Skills Educator, she brings a unique approach to her leadership and program designs. Shari writes for a variety of creatives, academics, coaches, and entrepreneurs, both locally and internationally and her workshops and presentations are offered to groups and organizations across Toronto.  Learn more about Shari at http://wholestep.ca

 

Finding my Tribe

This morning as we gathered in our Opening Circle, I pulled a card that landed upside-down – facing out into the circle. The card had an image of a redhead with a rose in her hair surrounded by laughing, dancing women, and it read:

“Find your Tribe.” 
Finding your tribe goes way deeper than just having like-minded people around. Your tribe are the people who step in to uplift and defend you, to help you build and grow.

I feel the power of this tribe every single day that I witness – and experience – the many ways in which this community connects.  Shecosystem has grown to over 50 members who work and play together.  There’s a palpable feeling of belonging, support, and trust in this expanding circle of folks who get it.

This month, the tribe is springing into action – and it couldn’t come at a better time.

After seven months of forcing myself to wear too many hats, I’m tired. It’s not the kind of tired that I can fix with a screen-free weekend or a long nap after work. It’s the kind of sustained weariness that can ONLY be remedied by asking for help.

 

So with the help of my Shecosister Mathura, I’m piloting a Summer Energy Exchange program. The means that rather than one overstretched and exhausted woman at the helm, Shecosystem now has a team (we’re calling it a Coven because we’re magickal like that) of seven committed women. We are truly becoming a Shecosystem – interconnected, resilient, diverse, governed by patterns and processes that naturally tend toward abundance!

At the first meeting of our Coven, I sat in awe as each woman described the kinds of work that bring her joy. The greatest part: their zones of genius are all so different from mine.  I’ve always said that diversity makes a Shecosystem thrive, and we are now putting that into play by harnessing different skills, perspectives, and personalities.

The women in the coven will be here to woman the space all day every day (so I’m free to leave and work on the business), each bringing a different vibe and new ideas. They won’t just be sitting around doing data entry and welcoming guests; they’ll each be leading an exciting project that makes the most of their unique talents and lets them do the kind of work they enjoy.  This means that the stalled projects that I’ve found too challenging or draining to pursue will get done, joyfully and willingly by competent experts. And it means that I can reconnect with what I do best, and fall in love with my work again.

The coven includes:

  • MATHURA our coven’s head witch who brings order to my vision and keeps us all flowing
  • JOY helping our members and our space shine online
  • ERIN our smooth operator making our events and scheduling accessible and efficient
  • PAT our get shit done gal levelling up our tools and systems
  • LINDSAY a people person extraordinaire who will make everyone feel at home
  • MELANIE a networker who will spread the social love far and wide
  • KATE a green goddess making sure we’re making a positive social and environmental impact

You’ll be hearing more about these wonderful women over the next few months. And without a doubt, you’ll be reaping the benefits of their work.

 


 

Emily Rose Antflick is Shecosystem’s founder and Chief Community Cultivator. Get in touch with her at emily@shecosystem.ca

Imesia Ewan believes in Progression over Perfection

Name: Imesia Ewan
Business:  Creator, Management Consultant at Imesia Ewan

 


What is at the heart of your business?

Making work FUN. Bringing the whole body into work.

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

I really appreciate and value the concept of sisterhood. I believe that there is power in women who come together to dream, create, collaborate and execute.

 

What does thriving look like to you?

Progression over perfection.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Community. When we unite we are the strongest.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I hope to share from what I know from my career in human resources, learning & development and my passion for bringing wellness into the workplace.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

Breathwork. Even if I have ‘one of those days’ where life is getting overwhelming and I tell myself ‘I have no time’! Something I always make time for is a breathing meditation or simply taking time to notice my breathing, the quality of my breath, the pace and in that moment I can find some simple peace.

 

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Value your progress everyday. Take time for breath. Refuel yourself to continue on.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I like to dance!


Connect with Imesia!

Facebook: movewithimesia
Instagram: @movewithimesia
Linkedin: @imesiaewan

Sheena Ewan Spreads the Healing + Shares the Love

Name: Sheena Ewan
Business:  Creator, Astrology Guide and Reiki Master/Teacher at Raw Redemption and Co-Founder of Roots Movement Retreats

 


 

What is at the heart of your business?

 

Spiritual and emotional wellness techniques and beliefs that help individuals to heal, evolve and transform their own lives by holding space while providing support, self care strategies and honouring ancestral teachings.

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

My sister and I won a free month as we’ve both been looking to expand our community base and clientele.

 

What does thriving look like to you?

Thriving for me looks like offering opportunity and space for others to heal and transform and in turn, have my inner wealth fully reflected in my outer world.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Wellness is likely the most resonant for me because if I’m feeling less than my best or ideal self, it affects the other values. At the same time, if I’m able to be open* enough in times that I’m not at or close to 100%.. my community*, the sense of collaboration* and feminism* help to maintain my wellbeing too.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

 

I wish to, as my company’s tagline says, “Spread the healing. (And) Share the love” with my gifts and products.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:


I use crystals in my workspace, in my creams, water and anywhere else I can to get infuse a little crystal magic. I.e., I have a smokeless sage spray under my Raw Redemption line that uses crystal essences and each has a crystal inside as well so every time I spray it, it’s not only sage and palo santo but also crystal infused.

When I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I take a minute to use reiki to balance my energy.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I am a mental health advocate and I am an artist and often incorporate art into my events and workshops.


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Heather Briggs helps heart-centred entrepreneurs create Souled Out businesses

Name: Heather Briggs
Business: Brand Strategist & Soul Coach, Radiate Real 


What is at the heart of your business?

I help holistic, heart-centred entrepreneurs connect to their purpose, find their voice and grow their visibility.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

Shecosystem is more than a coworking space to me. The people, the values, the energy, the collaboration, the conversations, the events all make this community feel like a second home to me. I know I will always feel welcome and have a place to land when I need to feel supported and inspired.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I wish to give inspiration and clarity to those who feel lost and confused on the path of entrepreneurship.

I wish to receive love, creativity and flow.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

Taking a moment by the office altar & recharging with Dance Breaks!

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs? 

Keep learning, growing and following your soul’s purpose.

 

 Anything else we should know about you?

I’ve created a system to awaken the soul of your brand called the 7 Brand Chakras and have been offering it as an online course. This summer I’m excited to partner with Shecosystem to offer the program live as a 2-day Urban Business Retreat and live mastermind series. If you feel called to exploring your brand this summer, connecting deeply with your purpose and building a business you love – reach out today to speak with me about this program!

 


 

Get in touch with Heather!

Webiste: www.radiatereal.com

Facebook: Radiate Real Community

Instagram: @radiatereal