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.



Website: lisasimonerichards

Twitter: @ellerich

Facebook: Get Seen Get Clients Get Paid

YouTube: Lisa S. Richards


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: 



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.



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.  


Holiday Gifts from our Shecosisters

The Holiday season is upon us!

We know how draining gift shopping can be, so we want to make it easy for you. Shecosystem happens to be home to several makers and creators whose beautiful products would make great gifts for your loved ones – or yourself.

Here are a few products created by our members – along with special holiday promotional offers – so you can spread holiday cheer while supporting local, female-founded businesses.




May You Know Joy and Seeds of Intention cards are a thoughtful holiday gift or stocking stuffer for friends, family, Secret Santas and teachers.  And – the effects of this gift will only enhance over time.  Both cards decks offer inspiration for reflection and intentional living.  Cards are available at:  Please contact Adrienne Enns at if you have any questions or require a special order.

 Shecosisters receive a 20% discount until December 15th.  Promo Code:  FRIENDS





Be With is a set of thirty-six cards divided into six categories: write, speak, ask, rest, move and affirm. Each category suggests simple prompts to help you Be With yourself in the moment: whether that means slowing down, paying mindful attention, or giving yourself tender loving care. The cards can be used daily or weekly, or just when you need them. Shuffle them and pull one at random, or work through them category by category. It’s up to you. Bring the benefits of self-care into your everyday life and learn how to give yourself the love and time you give everyone else. Right now you have the opportunity to support Barbara’s indiegogo campaign and get your Be With Cards in time for the holidays!





Everything that Christine designs + creates is meant to bring OM or calm to your home. She designs and hand prints original screenprint textiles and letterpress and lino block prints. She often uses words and inspirational sayings because she believes that inspiring words can elevate the energy in our home. Her line of inspirational sayings digitally printed is also designed to bring uplifting, positive energy to all rooms in your house. Check out her Etsy shop.  Christine will also be at the One of a Kind Christmas 2016 show. You can find her in booth T11 for the full 11 days of the show.


Christine has also created ‘The Soul Discovery Coloring Book which is an adult coloring book which is meant to help reader reach deep within themselves to connect with the divine. The book is an invitation to the reader not only to coluor the beautiful images found here,but also to access their own creative heART through journaling and creative exercise prompts.





GUT INSTINCTS brews artisanal batches of Kombucha and Kefir that are seeded with the intention to heal your gut. They believe that fermented foods are an answer to a host of modern day illnesses and would love to share these healing elixirs with everyone.

Meet our Shecosister Liz Diaz – Shecosystem’s Resident Wellness + Spiritual Guide

Name: Liz Diaz

Title: Holistic healing arts practitioner and ritual guide

Company: Awaken Your Bliss


What is the heart of your business?

At the heart of my business I help women harness and anchor their purpose into their daily lives. I facilitate women’s circles where women come together to reconnect to their inner wisdom, and power. I also work with women one on one to co-create practical daily rituals that help them feel nourished and empowered from the inside out.   

Why did you join a women’s co-working and wellness community?

As women I think we have a unique lens on how we see and function in the world. I think this is also true in how we relate to our business. I love being surrounded by other women who get what it means to be a woman and a solopreneur.

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

Self-care is not a dirty word! Self-care is saying YES to what you want. I say Yes to myself in the smallest of ways; from wearing a pair of my favourite earrings that instantly make me feel beautiful, to giving myself extra time between meetings to walk to my appointment and take in some fresh air, plus making sure to regularly scheduling in Venus days (what I call self-love days). These little YES rituals add up, leaving me feeling balanced and supported as I continue to bring my business into the world.

Anything else we should know about you?

I love to dance, and don’t be surprised if I throw an impromptu dance party at the office. Dancing is super empowering and a great way to express ourselves and shake out negative energy.

Check out Liz Diaz’s Website.

Want to become a Shecosister? Join us!

Liz Diaz will be sharing her many gifts with our community over the next few months  as Shecosystem’s Resident Wellness + Spiritual Guide.  

Liz is the person to talk to if you’re looking to nourish yourself, mark a lifecycle event, or connect with the divine feminine. Liz will help awaken your bliss using a toolkit that includes Meditation, Yoga, Earth Based Wisdom & Rituals, Expressive Arts, Dance And Energy Healing With Reiki, Crystals, And Essential Oils.

Liz will be facilitating a mid-day wellness circle every Wednesday to help you get over the hump and say “YES” to your self-care. She will also be leading our member-only opening and closing circles on Wednesdays, and will be our Wellness Facilitator at January’s meetups. We are so proud to have her beautiful energy in the space!

Join Liz at our mid-week Self-Care Circles


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