I would like to invite you to An Evening with the Lunagals: two of my favourite female changemakers who are visiting from Vancouver on Thursday, February 18.
Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens – the Lunagals – have been using business tools to create their social change goals since long before ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ was a buzzword.
The Lungals are best known as the founders of Lunapads, a pioneering natural menstrual health product line and web retailer that they’ve built into a 7-figure business over two decades. Lunapads is currently in the running for the SheEO Radical Generosity venture, and I can’t think of a more deserving company!
In addition to empowering women to #DitchTheDisposables, the Lunagals have supported the provision of sustainable feminine hygiene supplies to over 14,000 girls in 18 countries as Directors of United Girls of the World. Their passionate and “playfully disruptive” work has earned them recognition including the recent 2015 Vancouver Board of Trade Wendy McDonald Award for Entrepreneurial Innovation.
But my personal connection to these two inspiring women is the reason I am so thrilled about this opportunity to share their stories with my community.
Just over a year ago, I was newly back in Toronto and searching for greater alignment in my life. I came across an organization called G Day: a community-based rite of passage for adolescent girls, founded in 2013 by the Lunagals. After a conversation with Madeleine, I stepped up to volunteer as Community Leader (as well as MC) of G Day Toronto in November 2014.
Thanks to the dedication of an incredible team, G Day Toronto gathered 250 Girls and Champions for a magical day of celebration and empowerment last April.
G Day was an opportunity to really step into my power.
It took courage and a great deal of emotional honesty to pull it off, and the Lunagals supported me every step of the way with a blend of intuitive trust and no bullsh*t professionalism. It was the first time I was able to really show up authentically at work, giving me a taste of a feminine paradigm for the working world that centers around work-life integration.
With over 50 women on board as volunteers and presenters, G Day also connected me with a community of heart-centred female entrepreneurs like the Red Tent Sisters, my Dance Our Way Home mentor Erica Ross, and Leigh Mitchell from Women in Biz Network. Seeing what these women are capable of when our forces combine – and seeing how happy everyone was to share space, if only for a day – inspired me to create more opportunities for us all to shine. Truly, G Day Toronto is where the seeds of Shecosystem were first planted.
That’s the power of the Lunagals’ magic. Who knows what could giant beanstalks could sprout from your attendance at this event!
Please join me for an intimate meet & greet with the Lunagals (and wine & goodies!) at 6:30PM followed by a conversation moderated by Marisya Czarski and an audience Q + A.
Learn how Madeleine and Suzanne’s unique co-leadership practice and values-based business model has influenced their key decisions, attracted investors, garnered media attention, supported them as working moms, and taken them as far afield as East Africa. Learn more at www.lunagals.com.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
376 Bathurst Street