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.


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Jessica Rowen supports people during their career journey

Name: Jessica Rowen
Business:Marketing & Community ManagergdR | Grossman Dorland Recruiting


What is at the heart of your business?
Supporting people during their entire career journey.

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

I had looked into many coworking spaces as an alternative to my office – somewhere to gain focus and inspiration – but none stood out like Shecosystem! The space and Emily Rose just spoke to my soul.

 

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


I hope that I can be someone that holds space for other members – a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen. I would also be very happy to provide advice or feedback on anything marketing or recruitment related. And for me, it’s about surrounding myself with inspiring women that push me to be my best self.

What does thriving Look like for you?

I hope that I can be someone that holds space for other members – a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen. I would also be very happy to provide advice or feedback on anything marketing or recruitment related. And for me, it’s about surrounding myself with inspiring women that push me to be my best self.

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

Feminism. Because I believe the other core values are a result of truly embracing feminism.

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

If I’m being honest, I don’t do a good job of this. I try to take walks, but it’s usually just to grab a coffee so that I can work more. This is definitely an area I would like to improve and feel that working at Shecosystem will help me do just that.

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

“Nevertheless, she persisted.” — There will always be barriers, but if we help elevate each other, we all win.

Anything else we should know about you?

I am a co-director and mentor for the Parkdale Mentorship Program (PMP), I LOVE hip hop and I’m only discovering the greatness of Harry Potter now.

 

Shecosister Stefanie Fiore reminds us of the importance of self-care (and cat videos)

Name: Stefanie Fiore
Business: Creative Director, Crrumb


What is at the heart of your business?
Storytelling. Crrumb is a creative studio with a focus on web design and illustration. We love creating custom, immersive experiences for our clients.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
Shecosystem feels like a 2nd home to me– it must be something about the good vibes and the essential oils!

What does thriving look like for you?
Feeling grounded and expansive at the same time.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:
I try to check in with myself every hour or so and see what I need. A drink of water? To go for walk? Watch a cat video from Youtube? (Cat videos are the fastest way to uplift your spirits, in my opinion!) It’s important to give yourself the permission to take care of yourself. Even these tiny decisions can have a big impact on your day.

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?
It’s okay to say no.

Anything else we should know about you?
I love singing karaoke! My current go-to songs are What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes, Believe by Cher and My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. We’re in a prime karaoke neighbourhood, so I’m looking forward to planning some outings.


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Our Shecosister Susheela Ramachandran flourishes in connection

Name: Susheela Ramachandran
Business: Founder, Intuitive Guide and Healer, Intuitive Access


What is at the heart of your business?
I’m passionate about helping female creatives live and thrive as their most expressed and empowered selves.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
I flourish in connection and working in nourishing environments; Shecosystem offers both.

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?
I wish to give to this community the knowing that every one of you is a bright light and you deserve and can shine. I wish to receive from this community lots of love and support as I seek to fulfill my soul mission in the world.

What does thriving look like for you?
Loving your professional life, being financially free and having a nourishing personal and inner life.

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?
Wellness resonates the most with me as I believe that if I am well then I have the energy to offer the best of myself in each moment.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:
Taking breaks (walking, stretching, having a great conversation, power napping) whenever I find myself tired, stressed, unfocused or bored.

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?
At any moment you’re doing the best you can, even if it doesn’t feel like it because “if you knew better, you’d do better” (adapted wise words of Maya Angelou).

Anything else we should know about you?
I love yoga, dogs, dance and hugs. I’m deeply passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice. I have worked in the non-profit and social entrepreneurship sector as a community manager and project coordinator. I have a large network and love creating connections for and with people.


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Shecosister Shari Lash thrives when mindfully engaging with body and soul

Name: Shari Lash
Business: Owner, WholeSTEP


What is at the heart of your business?
Learning. Insight. Connection. One leads into the other. What sets my heart alight is when I see my clients discover something new that gives them a greater understanding of themselves or the world they live in. It is a tremendous honour for me to witness and mirror someone’s strengths whether it’s in a group, through writing, or working one-on-one.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
To be part of a growing community who are building a web of support that appeals to the social, emotional, and practical aspects of starting and running a business. I look forward to meeting a variety of entrepreneurs, who are on all points on the spectrum. I’m hoping to learn from them, share ideas, sit in circle, and build meaningful connections. I’m also looking for a space to go and work that is welcoming and motivating so I can get shit done!

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?
Just being in the presence of strong and insightful women stokes my fire of creativity. I hope to support and collaborate with members while building and expanding my web of connections. I’m excited to contribute to internal projects and programs as well. Whether it’s hosting a collective wisdom circle at the beginning or end of a workday, or leading reflective exercises to unearth each woman’s unique offer through writing, I can’t wait to share what I have to offer with the Shecosystem community.

What does thriving look like for you?
Thriving is seeing those little green shoots emerge and flourish after waiting for something to grow. When I’m thriving, I’m living my intention, I’m working and earning a living at something creative and challenging while enjoying relationships that inspire and motivate me. Thriving comes from doing nothing at all or engaging mindfully with body and soul. Finally, thriving comes from knowing that I am enough, even when I don’t feel like it.

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?
How to choose? To me, feminism is the umbrella that holds space for everything that Shecosystem stands for. Gloria Vanderbilt, says, “I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.” My experience has taught that success cannot be achieved or celebrated in isolation. What makes Shecosystem unique are the values informed by feminism — all those mentioned in this question. Feminist practices don’t necessarily apply to women only. I think we need to make the tent wide enough for everyone who wants to be included.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:
Taking lots of breaks, sleeping in when I need to, and being kind.

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?
“The best way to destroy something special about yourself is to compare it to something else.” There will always be someone more skilled, more experienced, and more successful. There is only one recipe that you alone can create. You are enough.

Anything else we should know about you?
I teach what I most need to learn.


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Meet Our Shecosister Kait Fowlie

Name: Kait Fowlie
Writer/Editor
Connect with Kait at kaitfowlie.com


What is at the heart of your business?
Heart-centered web content creation.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
Networking, access to the working space, community events, etc.

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?
Any social media / blog content assistance or consulting where needed.

What does thriving look like for you?
Feeling expansive, growing and learning.

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

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:
A daily meditation and journalling practice.

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?
Talk to someone who GETS YOU everyday!

Anything else we should know about you?
I also do reiki and read tarot.

Connect with Kait!


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Meet Shecosister Kate England, founder of Wildlife Returns

Wildlife Ecologist, Author, Social entrepreneur

Connect with Kate at katesolo.com


What is at the heart of your business?

Intentional diversity, collaboration, centering wildlife and the feminine

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

It feels good here, it nourishes my creative and collaborative process

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

I wish to promote the link between nature and people for more balanced approaches to business. I also hope to be able to contribute my yoga nidra training.

What does thriving look like for you?

Co-creating passionate and thoughtful ideas and ways of working – de-colonizing, de-marginalising, rising up!

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

Sustainability. Long-term, big picture thinking, and truly getting to the roots of problems – in my eyes, the roots of problems are most often marginalizing nature, minority groups, and the feminine.

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

Presence practice (meditation) throughout my work-day

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

Connect with others who bring you peace, nourish your soul, be vulnerable, and don’t compromise

Anything else we should know about you?

I love birdwatching, hiking, yoga and I need to connect regularly with nature and myself in order to stay balanced! Committed to reciprocity and learning intersectional feminism and reconciliation with first nations.

Connect with Kate!


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Our Shecosister Julie Hamilton reminds us all to lean-in but also lean-on others for support

Name: Julie Hamilton

Business: Julie Hamilton & Associates

 

What is at the heart of your business?

Designing interactive eLearning to teach and showcase information

 

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

I’m seeking a kinder, gentler approach to work. The joy in working is the passion for the work but also for a life well lived.

 

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

Camaraderie, support, energy – a shared philosophy

 

What does thriving look like for you?

A sense of well-being and engagement in my work and life.

 

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

Community – being self-employed and isolated is often a problem http://www.buyativanstore.com that I face

 

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

I walk daily in order to run errands, get to meetings or just to enjoy nature with my dog.

 

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

Pay attention to your passions. Put a plan in place and gain support to implement the steps. Be resilient. Lean-in but also lean-on others for support.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I’m in transition both in my life and my career. Sometimes it’s scary and sometimes it’s wonderful. I’m paddling hard to get back into the flow.

 

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Meet our Shecosister Mugdha Pradhan

Name: Mugdha Pradhan

Business: Yoga Mukti Healing and Gut Instincts Fermented Beverages

Title: Author, Healer and Entrepreneur

 

What is at the heart of your business?

Wellness for the community

 

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

This space appealed to me because it honours the feminine way of working and provides an infinite potential to co-create beauty.

 

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

This is a community where I could be of value as a healer and because healing is never a one way street, I get much more in return

 

What does thriving look like for you?

When a being is thriving she is blessed with an abundance of health and enthusiasm, that’s the only currency of a fulfilling life

 

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

Every single one resonates with me, because this embodies a new way of working, of creating an interlinked and synergistic ecosystem. I think the current splintered, antagonistic and hierarchical way of working is completely unsustainable.

 

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

Actually two ways:

  1. Nath Yoga practices are part of my daily routine and they are focused on healing body and mind
  2. Being with other people who celebrate my existence

On days that I successfully do this, my self-care regime is complete

 

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

Celebrate failure– it’s the fastest way to learn. Fail fast and recover fast. And one day you’ll run out of ways to fail and voila, that day you will be successful.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I am an Author, Healer and Entrepreneur. I worked with different start-ups in India for about 10 years before I moved to Canada. I wrote my first book ‘Winning at Parenting with Nath Yoga’ and started my Probiotic beverages company in Toronto. I am Yoga Mukti Therapist and absolutely love spreading the knowledge of relaxation. I also actively volunteer with Startup Toronto.


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14523014_1398355253527713_3023254376212306100_n-2Mugdha regularly brings her Gut Instincts kombucha and kefir to our Tuesday meetups. To place an order for this week, visit her Facebook page!