Whether you own your business or work for someone else, Company of Women provides you with a safe and supportive environment to be yourself.
Think of us as your cheerleading team, behind you all the way, connecting you to people you need to meet and providing learning opportunities so you have the confidence, information and tools to move forward.
When you need a dose of inspiration or a confidence boost, our speakers and group leaders are there to keep you motivated and on track.
Through sharing our stories and collective wisdom, we learn from and support each other.
At Company of Women you can be bold, brave, and belong. You can be yourself.
Meet the team
I have had an eclectic career from leadership roles in the non-profit sector, to working in government on women’s issues, to being the editor of a national parenting magazine and then to having my own consulting practice.
In 2003 I started Company of Women as a way to meet up and connect with other women entrepreneurs. When I am not planning programs for Company of Women, I am writing.
I am the author of six books. In June 2016, I launched Full Circle Publishing to help women get their words out into the world. On the home front, I am married, have two adult daughters, a dog, and live on a farm near Guelph.
• ATHENA Leadership Award
• Rotary Centennial Award for Professional Excellence
• Entrepreneur of the Year, Oakville
• TIAW World of Difference Award
2015 – Named one of the top ten most influential women in diversity in Canada
Megan is responsible for the graphic/website design and branding for Company of Women.
She has her own business – needed wanted through which she makes play mats for children, custom-designed to their local neighbourhood. She and her husband also own pb prints, making stickers and labels for small business.
Durham Chapter Leader
Speaker/Facilitator and NLP Practitioner Ella Bates is the founder of How to Organize That, a productivity consultancy helping inspire change to how we use our time. Ella’s passion is to provide learning and networking opportunities for new and aspiring entrepreneurs, to help the community develop creative flow, insight and new growth opportunities.
Niagara Chapter Leader
Sarah is the lead for the Niagara Chapter which operates as a collective, with two women assuming the leadership role.
Sarah is a seasoned Travel Agent as well as the owner of Barefoot Travel. She has specialized in group vacations, including Destination Weddings and customized large group itineraries. Sarah is the Co Founder of The Purse Project Niagara, which provides every woman in a shelter in the Niagara area with a new or gently used purse filled with items of need providing hope and love to the women in our community.
Marianne is your go-to person with questions about your membership – when it expires, logging in, etc…
Marianne has been an Executive Assistant for over 30 years. She is the owner and virtual assistant for TimeFlies-Admin Services. Her extensive experience in the corporate world transfers into virtual support for small to medium size business owners. Marianne’s business motto: Use my time not yours!
Marianne’s desire to support, help and volunteer has her instructing with CLC Canada – offering courses which promote confidence in public speaking and serving on the Board of Directors of Food4Kids Hamilton Halton. She loves giving presentations, being the organizer and right-hand person to her clients, and keeping it fun.
Simcoe Chapter Leader
World class trainer, speaker and Master Coach, Karen Kessler is founder and partner in ChooseRESULTS, a leadership training company committed to giving entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and coaches the skills and tools they need to get positive, lasting results in all areas of their lives. Karen uses humour, raw truth, and expert training skills to ensure they discover the principles and practical steps to create ultimate success in their business, relationships, health, and finances. Karen’s graduates of the professional training program have gone on to secure regular spots on radio shows, doubled sales to multiple six figures and used their new skills and tools to create real change in their communities.
Karen's passion is to provide opportunities for new and aspiring entrepreneurs to learn the skills and attitudes required to succeed and soar as an entrepreneur. She believes that following the entrepreneurial path is a personal journey to be designed from the inside out. Once implemented from a place of service, the entrepreneur will have what they need to continuously feed their soul and their purse.
Guelph-Cambridge co-Chapter Leader
Karen is a seasoned entrepreneur. She has experience with the personnel industry, business start-up primarily in the service industry and specializing in the hospitality industry.
Karen managed Manpower Services in Kitchener and in 1990 opened and operated Headquarters for Hair, in Australia while running a small insurance brokerage in Brisbane. She excels at ‘out of the box‘ marketing initiatives and sales promotion providing excellent customer service.
Over the past eight years, Karen built and operated a successful, high end cottage resort on the Bruce Peninsula and developed her marketing strategy, website and pursued business networking in a tight knit community.
Karen’s passion is to provide support and encouragement to other women entrepreneurs, all while learning to keep it light and enjoying the privilege of being self-employed.
Marketing and Social Media co-ordinator
Kate is in her second year of the Business Administration Marketing program at Conestoga College. She has been working for Anne Day, the founder of Company of Women, as the Marketing Coordinator since January, 2018. She has a passion for travelling, seeking out new experiences and making connections wherever she goes. She was awarded the “Volunteerism Award” for accomplishing 500+ hours over her high school career and most recently was a nominee for the highest achieving grade in Sales in her second year at college. Kate is well versed in social media marketing and has excellent attention to detail. She feels honoured to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing and accomplished mentor as Anne Day.
Niagara Chapter Leader
Rev. Mandi is a non-denominational minister specializing in helping couples and families create truly personalized and unforgettable ceremony experiences. Her business “Married By Mandi” began in 2003, and since then Mandi has been part of the tapestry that has woven together many lives as she has officiated over 1300 weddings, baby blessings, vow renewals and celebrations of life. Mandi is also Co-Founder of the Purse Project Niagara. “Fill a purse with love and a women’s heart with hope”
Brenda St Amand
Simcoe Chapter Leader
I am a former financial professional who has found a better way for me and my family through entrepreneurialism. I currently work two Network Marketing businesses and am constantly expanding my vision to build an abundant life.
Good Enough Project
Amy Vodarek is the co-author of the Good Enough book. She’s the Chief Visionary and Coach at Amy Vodarek and Associates, Executive and Leadership Development Company. She’s a creative educator, writer and speaker about all things leadership. Her holistic coaching approach embraces self-care, reducing over-commitment and enhancing wellbeing.
Amy partners with individuals, leaders and teams to talk about what no one’s talking about and build trust by having the missing conversations. Amy guides leaders to shift perspective, effectively communicate and create a culture where heightened engagement and new action is possible.