JENNIFER O’CONNELL, Member of Parliament

WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase this truly empowering and productive female entrepreneur who has devoted many years of her life to Public Service, as our Mystery Speaker at our Pickering Chapter this month. Jennifer’s talk was inspiring and extremely motivating capturing many of the snags and loopholes all Women face in either the land of entrepreneurship or in public service.

Brava Jennifer for being such a Power of Example!

As a former three-term City and Regional Councillor in the City of Pickering, Jennifer has played an active role on several boards and committees, having held the positions of Deputy Mayor for Pickering and member of the Durham Region Finance and Administration Committee. She previously spent 4 years as the Chair of the Waterfront Committee and Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Pickering Committee.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor Degree specializing in Political Science. Through her work as a junior legal assistant and volunteering at a successful labour law firm, she found her passion for giving a voice to those in need. She learned early on how to channel her passion into real and tangible results, and was soon the youngest elected politician in her municipal ward.

While working with constituents, Jennifer is attentive to their specific needs. She takes into consideration not only her own concerns and objectives, but also those of everyone interested, working together towards improving our community one step at a time.

T. 905.839.2878
Unit 4-1154 Kingston Road
Pickering, Ontario
L1V 1B4

Sherry Panov, LifeVantage, Health & Wellness

WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase this truly empowered female entrepreneur, Sherry Panov and celebrate her great sharing as our Mystery Speaker this month at our Mississauga Chapter.

When I got married, I had always dreamed of a big house, white picket fence, Money, beautiful children running around, and the occasional travelling. We decided to move to the country and I quit my job and left city life. It took some getting use to as things were slower pace in the country. We soon started a family. With little ones in tow, I stayed at home to care for the children, but also helped with our business. One day, I found out we were having twins. I was elated, but scared. With the financial strain on our family needs, we knew we needed to make a more significant impact on our finances as our family was growing. We decided to move back to the City as we hoped there would be more opportunity in jobs, so we could build on.

As life would have it, with the financial demands, our marriage didn’t seem to be working out. We ended up divorcing. Now I realized that it was all up to me. In this space, I had to battle my new title, Single Mom. Its been a struggle, I can’t count the number of times I have ÈI had to battle depression, and had to find myself, I can’t count the number of times I have fallen, but I always got back up, got stronger, realize that I am all that my kids have. I needed to overcome the stigmatism that seem to follow a single mother and rise above it. I did.

I found a job at a large Company and my mother helped me watch my little ones. Thank goodness, because it was a daily struggle to leave them every day. I worked full time, but I found that it was hard to balance work and life. I had always been exposed to business growing up, my Dad was a well-respected business man and I learned a lot from him, I thought about doing something part time. I was looking for a business that would meet my needs.

I was introduced to a business from a friend who was launching a business in the GTA. The Company LifeVantage, is publicly traded on the Nasdaq, the Products are FDA and Health Canada approved, went from 4 million to 250 million in five years and was featured on ABC as a Primetime Investigative Report. I was very intrigued. This product reduces Oxidative stress in the body by 40% in 30 days and he explained that Oxidative stress is the leading cause of disease and disfunction in the body. I had my own physical symptoms of High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Diabetes, and I wanted to take this product for myself. After two and a half months all my physical symptoms are gone! This product worked for me!

LifeVantage also has an amazing Compensation plan! They take care of their people!

I have investigated many Companies in the past and I have realized that I wanted to find something that would stand the test of time, has a good reputation and has a product or service that is researched, positively reviewed and adds value to people and their lives. I now Endorse this Product called Protandim from LifeVantage. There are so much more that I would love to tell you about this product and this Business. If you are Business Minded and are Looking to make a great income, this is the Ultimate Side Hustle!


Sherry Panov @ (647) 236 2494

Melissa Romolo, Transformation Catalyst

Melissa Romolo is the founder of Stand Out LOUD, a transformational leadership and empowerment company. As a serial entrepreneur herself, Melissa passionately works with business owners to infuse intuition into their strategic thinking and to inspire action so that they can build successful business that create meaningful impact while supporting their desired lifestyle.

After 20 years of working as a professional accountant and management consultant, Melissa hit a bump in the road. Losing her father to cancer while juggling a small family and two businesses, she suffered from severe burnout, an unfortunate condition that too many professionals face. After working with her unconscious mind by engaging with an NLP Coach, Melissa was able to find her power, passion, and balance. Determined to learn and thrive from the experience, she shifted her career focus to training, coaching and mentoring.

Melissa is a board-certified trainer of neuro linguistic programming (NLP), hypnosis, Time Line Therapy® and Creating Your Future® processes. She offers elite leadership and empowerment trainings, teaching tools and techniques based in neuroscience that are proven to get RESULTS. Her students are eligible to receive four board designations internationally recognized in 38 countries. She also offers transformation coaching that allows a client to experience a life changing breakthrough with a written guarantee.

She is one of only a few highly trained seminar leaders authorized to teach Designing Your Destiny™ Quantum Leadership™ and Empowerment Weekend, a program synergized by board certified Master Trainer Dr. Kim Redman, PhD. This training covers some of the cutting-edge techniques in the field of quantum change and transformation based in science and has assisted thousands of people in creating what they want in their lives.

Melissa Romolo, Transformation Catalyst
Stand Out LOUD Inc.
M: (416)953-3903

Claudia Mariano, Skin Care Vitality

WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase this amazing female entrepreneur as our Mystery Speaker at our Pickering Chapter.

Claudia Mariano is a Nurse Practitioner, author, educator, and entrepreneur. She combines her passion for science, medicine, and education by managing a full time clinical practice, teaching nursing students, and helping men and women feel comfortable in their own skin.

Our skin is our biological marker of health and vitality, and often reflects what is going on in our lives. Just like any other organ, our skin needs the proper care and attention to help protect us from the outside world.

Through Rodan+Fields, now the #1 skin care line in North America, Claudia helps others address their skin concerns and overcome self-created barriers to live their lives with passion and purpose.

Website: cmariano.myrandf/com/ca

Nikki Clarke, Author & TV Host

WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase this truly empowered Female Entrepreneur, Author, Mother, TV Host and now female entering the world of government, Nikki Clarke as our Mystery Speaker at our Mississauga Chapter this Holiday Special Event.

Jamaican born, Nikki Clarke, holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from John Abbott College and at, McGill University, studied Film and Communications. Gifted with acquiring languages, Nikki is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. Nikki was an instructor at Sheridan College, in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, the School of Business, and Community Development from 1999 to 2009.

Nikki was elected the President of the Ontario Black History Society November 9, 2015. Nikki’s third book, Transforming Lives, One Story at a Time: Powerful Stories of Success and Inspiration, an anthology of empowering reflections was published September 22, 2017.

Nikki is the founder, producer and host of the Nikki Clarke Show on HD Win Caribbean Rogers 672/673, Bell Fibe 559 /560 and Afroglobal Bell 2472. Nikki is currently studying Ministry in the Theology Program at Canada Christian College and an ordained Lay Pastor.Nikki is the NDP MPP Candidate for Mississauga Malton.
Facebook: Nikki Clarke NDP
Twitter @nikkiclarkendp
The Nikki Clarke Show Network

Tyler Jacklyn, Elite Sales Trainer and Coach

WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase a fabulous ‘male’ entrepreneur, Tyler Jacklyn, Elite Sales Trainer and Coach as our Mystery Speaker honoring Movember in our Barrie Chapter. This fabulous coach is now managed by one of our very own, Lori Bertoni.

Tyler is an Elite Sales Trainer and Coach that enables entrepreneurs and sales professionals to break-free from the “old style” selling techniques so they can multiply their incomes and become top-performers in the “New Age” we live in today.

Utilizing the powerful tools of NLP Tyler is a proven sales leader with over quota production for B2B direct sales functions. Proven ability to combine strong business acumen, sales achievements, business development, marketing and vision.

Tyler also loves to educate families and individuals on how money works in today’s economy through workshops and at the kitchen table so they can reduce their debt, protect their income and become financially independent.

For a Free consultation or to book a workshop contact:

Tyler Jacklyn

905 995-3916 or email

Tina Jheeta, Spiritual Stylist

WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase our truly intuitive and inspiring Mystery Speaker this month in Mississauga, Tina Jheeta.

Tina Jheeta is the founder of the Devi Style Revolution. She is a Spiritual Stylist who has created a high vibrational platform that helps women feel inspired, empowered and free through the art of Intuitive Mentoring.

She coaches women of all ages, using techniques derived from Angel Guidance & Healing, as well as deeply Guided Meditation to bring forth personal growth and transformation.

Her unique mentoring skills have propelled her clients forward in discovering their own spiritual style and passions, allowing them to feel confident in their womanhood!

She runs Meditation Workshops, Sisterhood Retreats and is now gearing up to launch her line of personalized Devi Malas!

Follow her for inspiring stories #devidiaries on:
Instagram: @tinajheeta
FB Page: Devi Style Revolution

Regina Neal, The YOU-nique YOU

WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase this amazing female entrepreneur as our Mystery Speaker at our Toronto Chapter. Regina Neal is a truly empowering soul, published author and inspiring Confidence coach.

Are you willing to settle for a mediocre life when you are designed for a great life?

Are you happy with your current situation?

Are you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, unimportant, and unappreciative of your YOU-niqueness?

Like you, Regina Neal was in a rut of accepting a mediocre life. Although she was tolerated her circumstances, the longing for in her heart for a better life would not let her rest. She started her journey in search of a way out, first to help herself and daughters, then to help others.

As a personal development expert, she helps others find their way to discover the confidence and courage they need to face their fears, step out of their comfort zone, and claim the life they are meant to live. She empowers others with strategies and simple steps to success that she used to achieve her goals and create joy in her life.

Her mission is to boost confidence and courage for anyone facing stress, insecurity, and overwhelm. She wants you to know that you can find happiness, peace and resilience to break through any situation. Open your heart and mind to discover your own unique “A-ah!” moment.

Regina’s mission is to boost confidence and courage for anyone facing stress, insecurity and overwhelm. Be empowered with strategies and simple steps to success that Regina used to achieve her goals and create joy in every area of her life. Know that you can find happiness, peace, and resilience to break through any situation. Start the journey to your own miracles today!

To book a consultation with Regina, contact her at

Darcy Herring, Strategy Coach

It’s all about strategies – those that serve us and those that don’t. As a Strategy Coach I have an awesome ability to identify a person’s strategy and make the necessary changes, creating forward movement in the direction of your dreams.

As a mom of a child with anxiety, I have spent the last 4 years trying to win the battle and create a more calming world for my son. What started as a losing battle soon shifted in my favour when I began incorporating my Master trainings and Certifications in NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) and Hypnosis to ease the fear and curb the anxiety.

By working with the mind and the incredible ability for choice, I now hold the upper hand when anxiety (or other inner struggle) rears it’s ugly head. My work with clients involves teaching them tools and techniques, giving them back control over their lives, and allowing them to win their battle with what’s holding them back.

Bringing CALM to the storm, goals WITHIN reach and FOCUS for performance.

Master Coach: Working with clients to decrease the stress and Anxiety in their lives by teaching them to use the tools we all have inside ourselves as effectively as possible to achieve our desired outcomes.

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Anthea Van Der Pluym, Turnaround Coach

WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase this female entrepreneur as our Mystery Speaker this month at our Mississauga Chapter, Anthea Van Der Pluym.

Anthea Van Der Pluym has built a successful, six figure career in the Technology, Healthcare and Education sectors with a BCom degree, and MBA Cum Laude from DeMontfort University in the United Kingdom.

Anthea has consulted and educated women in Africa, Europe and the Middle East in business skills, and founded an NGO in Africa assisting homeless women build their own fireproof homes from recycled bottles. She received National Governmental recognition for her fireproof home projects in 2016.

In 2001, Anthea lost her father to random crime, and in 2014 became a victim herself of violence when she was burned alive with petrol and beaten,. Having undergone extensive skins grafts, and rehabilitation mentally, emotionally and physically, she speaks powerfully on authenticity, vulnerability and interacting with the world from a place of worthiness. An enthusiastic proponent of art (treasuring the scars) as a creative mechanism to unlock new ways of changing reality, Anthea is a frequent participant and keynote speaker in multi-media and motivational speaking events.

Anthea is a successful author, and published her first book in 2001. She is riveting and inspiring and addresses the difficult subject of violence prevention and recovery in our current times with hope and finesse.

1 Anthea’s Journey – Rediscovering Life – published through Aardvark Press but available here as an ebook on Smashwords. An excellent read. A biography of an amazing woman! Read and be inspired!

Anthea’s Journey is the story of a South African woman’s recovery after the farm murder of her father. it’s the triumph of the human spirit over tragedy. It”s about finding strength in weakness, dealing with pain, healing and rediscovering the joy of living… It is about the key defining moments that led to her move past violence and its impact on her.

This book offers inspiration, a tale of authentic healing and encouragement to anyone who has been affected by violence to choose to recover and live life to the full.

If you have been affected by violence this book will show you you’re not alone and offer you a way out of the pain. Available as an ebook through Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Apple ibooks. ORDER HERE

2 Authenticity – Finding the Strength to be Yourself

Authenticity is about strength and self-respect. It’s about defining you and your life on your terms.

Many of us have lost our voice, lost our dreams, lost ourselves, after years of living for other people. But there’s still something inside of us longing to be seen and heard. We want to live real lives without conforming to the expectations of other people’s dreams, goals and priorities. We want to stop living someone else’s life and start living our own. It’s time to figure out what it is we really want. We have to figure out who we are at the core, after the other stuff has been peeled away.

And that’s what authenticity is all about: It’s about being honest with yourself and with others in order to live the life that you really want. The clearer you get, and the clearer you are, the more your life will come into alignment. The more you’ll attract the people and the experiences that meet you where you are. The more you’ll be able to stand in your own truth, in your own surety, regardless of anyone else’s actions.

It’s not an easy process, but it is a simple one, and that’s what this book is all about. ORDER HERE

She travels between Canada and South Africa with her partner Julie, and is passionate about Inspiring women in the world to thrive.

Anthea believes firmly in the goodness of human beings, and that with courage, responsibility and realism, we are able to create a #NOHarm future that we can all be proud of!

#NOHarm Initiative

#NOHarm is the brain child and passion of Anthea Van Der Pluym, an International Speaker and Coach who has recovered from indescribable violence, and who is ushering in global changes in how we deal with violence, through creating a initiative around a new mindset, of “No Harm!”

“People are inherently good, we get to prove it every day!”

Anthea is an international speaker and coach who operates as a social enterprise to catapult young people and women who have been harmed into thriving after their events. The #NOHarm social enterprise is altruistic in nature, seeking to bring change while being organically sustainable over the years.

The #NOHarm movement funds itself through a monthly paid general membership of $10 and invites young people and victims of violence into a close knit group, a tribe, a place of belonging, where they can feel safe enough to affect their personal changes related to violence.

It simultaneously offers volunteers a platform to offer their skills and service out to those members in need. Members and volunteers can meet and collaborate to support each other back into constructive living
Corporations, media and other interested supporters are also offered a place to provide their CSR support in creating visibility, platforms and resources for the #NOHarm movement to gain traction and turn back the tide on violence. Together they have access to all branding and marketing opportunities.

The vision of the #NOHarm movement is to bring an end to violence in our lives, and enable everyone who has experienced violence to fully recover.

Contact Information

Tel: +1 416 723 2223
Facebook: Anthea Van Der Pluym
LinkedIn: Anthea Van Der Pluym