Women Moving Forward Conference

Join us May 26, 2018

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Light breakfast & registration opens at 8:15

What is the Women Moving Forward Conference?

It is a one-day conference to celebrate the courage of women who are moving forward in their lives. These women can come from many different walks of life and have chosen to move beyond their circumstances. Our goal to provide participants with new tools and motivation to continue to move forward in their lives.

Women Moving Forward is a not-for-profit grass-roots one-day annual conference for women who have embarked on a journey of transition from a life of abuse, neglect and pain towards a future of hope, health and happiness. We are partnered with One Spark, a registered Canadian charity with a vision of a world where no woman faces financial barriers to living a life free of violence.

We are holding the non-profit event which is FREE to the first 100 women who register.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for these ladies. We will also have information tables with other non-profit organizations that support and sponsor women to move forward with their lives. (e.g. Scarborough Women’s Centre). The entire event will be run by volunteers, including speakers, trainers and coaches and will be funded by donations, sponsorship and various fundraising events.

We are passionate about our FIFTH annual event and know we can make a major positive impact for these women.

The Presenters

Louisa Jewel MAPP

Louisa Jewell is a speaker, author and positive psychology expert who has facilitated thousands of people towards greater flourishing both at work and in their personal lives.

Louisa is the Founder of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (www.cppa.ca) an organization that brings together leading-edge researchers and practitioners to share the latest knowledge on psychological well-being to improve the mental health of all Canadians.

Louisa is a graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Louisa teaches positive psychology at the University of Texas, Dallas, she was an instructor at the University of Toronto and regularly delivers webinars and workshops to educators and practitioners around the world.

Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Canadian Living Magazine, Live Happy Magazine, Chatelaine, Psychology Today, Women’s Agenda, Toronto Sun, to name a few. She is a contributing author to the European Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychology at Work and Positive Psychology News Daily.  Her book Wire your Brain for Confidence;  The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt was released in September, 2017.

Samra Zafar

Samra Zafar is a multiple award winning, top graduate of the University of Toronto, a Public Speaker on women’s rights, a mother, and a social entrepreneur. Samra was recently elected as an Alumni Governor on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. She is one of 8 highly distinguished alumni to serve on the highest governing body of the University. She is the youngest person to have ever received this honour.

As a public speaker on several prominent platforms and media outlets, Samra shares her story of success after escaping abuse, advocates for women’s rights and empowers women to pursue their right to live a life of respect and dignity.

Samra is the founder of Brave Beginnings, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women with disadvantaged backgrounds build their lives through personalized mentorship and support, as well as raise awareness against social injustices that hinder women’s advancement.  Her passion is to motivate and empower people to believe in themselves, achieve their goals and reach their full potential, no matter what the circumstances might be.


Sandra Filetti

Sandra Filetti is a professional educator of 29 years, and is Vice-Chair of Educational Projects with the Social Action Committee of Durham Region. She is a subject matter expert on the topics of victim experience and intimate partner violence (IPV), and has been a victim advocate for the past 20 years. With a unique insight in the area of IPV, Sandra has developed and delivered presentations that educate the community on how to empower and support victims and their families.

As a professional speaker, facilitator and mentor, Sandra has impacted and inspired a broad range of individuals and groups. Her expertise and dynamic presentations are sought after by Police Learning Centres, Mediators, Victim Services, and University and College faculty and students.

Sandra facilitates an interactive session leading to an understanding of how to recognize and achieve dignified, respectful and equal relationships. Participants not only gain perspective on past experiences, but develop strategies to shape their present and future.

Ultimately, Sandra believes that education is the road to empowerment, moving forward, and coming out the other side.

Andrea Ivanka

An international speaker and coach, Andrea comes from a background that has always included educating and empowering aspiring leaders. She is the game changer changer. She has served over 1000 customers and clients in the GTA, spoken to over 9,000 people worldwide, been on TV shows, and shared the stage with media tycoons, multi-millionaires and A-list celebrities. The person you see on the big stage is the same humble person you’ll meet at a coffee shop. She stands for authenticity, integrity and fun. Andrea helps high-achieving, open minded entrepreneurs and sales professionals who are ready for a breakthrough by giving them an unfair advantage in their industry… all through winning communication that has helped some of her clients grow their business up to 400% within a few short months. Her client’s favorite phrase is “Work with Andrea before spending any more money on marketing.”

Deniece Bell

Deniece Bell is an educator, a fitness enthusiast, a certified personal trainer, as well as a certified Dancepl3y instructor.  Deniece’s love for fitness and wellbeing was initiated at a very young age when she was introduced to the sport of track a field.  This passion and interest shaped much of her formative and young adult years, where she became an NCAA, All American, 400m hurdler, at Syracuse University.  Shortly thereafter, Deniece began her teaching career, at the elementary level, and 14 years later, she still finds herself working in this realm.  In addition, to student well-being, Deniece is passionate about generally helping others (young and old) achieve their desired states of wellness, through individualized and small group fitness activities.

You can often spot her on weekends in a local park, working with 4 to 6 of her keen clients on their squats and mountain climbers; or you might also catch her on a Sunday afternoon, at the gym, teaching a Dancepl3y class to a group of women of all ages.  Deniece embodies generosity, dedication, and energy, all rolled up with a thirst for lifelong learning.  She is constantly seeking new opportunities to share these values, along with her positive energy, with her community.

Terri Segal

Terri Segal is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Facilitator, and Educator who is dedicated to sharing the therapeutic value of creative expression through Group Drumming and Expressive Arts workshops.  For the past 10 years, Terri has studied and taught West African Drumming and World Percussion.  She is a trained Expressive Arts Therapist and Drum Circle Facilitator. Terri participated in HealthRhythm’s Group Empowerment Drumming Facilitator Training Program, Village Music Facilitator Training Program, holds a BA Honors in English from McMaster University, and is a graduate of Expressive Arts Therapy from The CREATE Institute in Toronto.

Dorothy Lazovik

PANELIST: Personal Presence and Brand Management

Jenna Smith

PANELIST: Know Yourself – Get Into Action

Sandra Corrado

PANELIST: Mind Body Connection, Personality Styles

Kelly Falardeau

PANELIST: Loving Yourself, Developing Self Worth

Julie Ward

PANELIST:  How to let go of the past to make more space for love

Susan Gregory

PANELIST: Worklife Balance/Productivity

Michelle Moody

PANELIST: Post trauma – journey to self discovery & survival skills

Our Committee

We look forward to creating another fabulous conference!

Shirley Gaudon

Shirley is a Client Relationship and Recruitment professional who is passionate about building relationships with clients and consultants. She loves what she does and is excited to a part of the Women Moving Forward Conference to give back to the community.

Karen Kennedy Jones

Karen is a self employed entrepreneur and mother of 2 who started Karen’s Car Connection in 2011 after the loss of a successful family business. She is driven by love and realizes the power of community and is so excited to be a part of this amazing conference.

Julie Sutton

Julie Sutton is the Senior Director of Meat/Seafood/Deli/HMR/Bakery Replenishment at Loblaw Companies Limited.
In her role, Julie is responsible for managing day-to-day replenishment of these Fresh categories for all banners across Canada. In her spare time, Julie has spent time fundraising for the Greater Toronto Hockey League, raising money to bolster operating budgets and help more children afford to play hockey.

Tanya Piazza

Tanya is a senior Human Resources professional and has lead several charitable campaigns in the workplace and personally including an annual charitable motorcycle ride (“Wheels for Meals”) to provide meals to starving people around the world, Second Harvest Lunch Money Day, CIBC Run for the Cure (13 year participant) and Volunteer Coordinator (Mississauga location), and sat on the Board for two years for an annual fund raising event benefitting at-risk-youth.

Cindy Stradling

Founder, Author, Coach and Facilitator,Cindy believes that there is untapped potential in each of us and is delighted to coach women as they create the lives they have always dreamed about. Cindy herself, is a lifelong learner and has accomplished goals beyond her expectations by working with her own life coach. This conference is truly a dream come true.

Barb Zaldin

Barb helps people build their wealth and have their dreams come true. She is a Real Estate Agent who supports and helps sellers, buyers and investors make an educated decision. Barb helps people get from where they are to where they want to be.

Rhonda Power

Rhonda is a senior Financial Services professional who has built her career around establishing long term relationships with those around her, including her clients and colleagues. She believes in a strong community, in all aspects of life; energetic about the ‘day to day’ and passionate about leaving a positive mark on those around her, she is thrilled to be a part of the Women Moving Forward Conference. Through support and encouragement, we raise each other up, one bit a time!

Our Sponsors & Partners

We have partnered with One Spark, a registered Canadian charity with a vision of a world where no woman faces financial barriers to living a life free of violence.


Register & Keep in Touch

To register, submit this form call Cindy At 416.290.5227

For general inquiries and to confirm your eligibility please send us an email to info@womenmvgforward.com


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