As women in business we all share collective obstacles. This panel discussion will elaborate on the difficulties women, and women of color work through every day, and how these obstacles are overcome.
Founder and CEO of Strategic Charm Boutique, Charmaine is a social media and marketing executive who helps women in business and small organizations share their brand story and connect with dream clients and customers online. She works hard to help clients find their voice and define their message so they can confidently and strategically communicate their passion for their industry, the work they do, and the value of their offers. Charmaine is also the founder of Hustle + Charm – a community of women in business in Winnipeg who come together for support in life and entrepreneurship. She also teaches digital marketing at The University of Winnipeg and enjoys helping students develop skills they can use to succeed in their careers or in business.
With a long history of volunteerism and organizing Shandi became a fixture in the 2SLGBTQ* Community in 2008 through Gio’s, which served as “The Heart of the Community” for the 2SLGBTQ* community for over 35 years. Eventually becoming the board’s first ever female Vice President in the organization’s final years.
She continues to support Winnipeg’s 2SLGBTQ* community by volunteering, participating, providing content and photography for various community events and for the Rainbow Resource Centre. She wrote regularly for Outwords Magazine and has been involved for many years in minor roles for Pride Winnipeg.
Throughout all of this she maintains a profile in local media speaking on Transgender related issues, and enjoys speaking to groups, schools, and organizations about her personal journey in an effort to foster understanding and raise awareness on Transgender issues.
In 2015 she was honoured as the first ever transgender Grand Marshall of Winnipeg’s Pride Parade for her work in the community. In 2016 received a “Trailblazer” award from the Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce. She currently sits on the board of directors of Manitobans for Human Rights Inc. a group focused on Human Rights education and awareness as well as the board of directors for Our Own Health Centre with the goal of improving services for transgender patients.
During the 2016 Provincial election she was nominated and ran as the first ever openly transgender provincial candidate in western (or possibly all of) Canada for the Manitoba Liberal party. She ran again in the 2019 provincial election. Since 2016 she has stayed active in politics working as the constituency assistant to Dr. Jon Gerrard, the MLA for River Heights, the Manitoba Liberal Caucus, and as the secretary for the Manitoba Liberal Women’s Commission/Manitoba Liberal Women's Association, the as Interim President for the newly reformed Fort Garry Constituency Association and sits on the 2SLGBTQ* Commission of the Manitoba Liberal party.
Since coming out and losing a 15 year career and 20 year marriage, her life has had it’s share of ups and downs, including a suicide attempt, living on EIA, balanced with a new career, new love and reconciliation with her children. February 2018 saw the publication of her autobiography “Growing A Pair”. She has other projects in the works, including a youth friendly version of her book, a science fiction novel, and running again in a future provincial election. She lives in Wildwood Park with her partner Kate and their two cats, enjoys playing guitar and adventure.
Sana is an enormous advocate for the communities she serves.
She began her career at the University of Manitoba, while completing her B.Sc and is now a Senior Advisor with the Government of Canada. With over a decade of experience in education, philanthropy and advisory roles, Sana continues to work directly with various stakeholders, and holds executive positions on local, national, and international Boards ranging from philanthropy, sports, youth and information technology.
As an immigrant to Canada, Sana brings a diverse perspective and passion to everything she does, professionally and personally.