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Our Story

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Welcome!

Welcome to the She Summits Forum.

 

We're on a mission to elevate and ignite the untapped potential within 1 million self-identifying women.

 

We work with individuals and organizations to support women's growth and wellbeing, reduce stress and burnout, and facilitate female leadership and development.

 

We do this through powerful short films, curated content, coaching, connection to nature, and community.

Join our thriving membership community to ignite your untapped potential, deepen your connection to nature, and find people who want to see you succeed.

Our mission is to elevate and empower 1 million women by 2025 and ignite the untapped potential within themselves.

Our vision is for all self-identifying women to feel supported, confident, and empowered within themselves, their communities, and their workplaces so they can reach their own life summits.

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Our story

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2020

In 2020, we grew our impact, hosting 11 community events and 3 film events, reaching over 2300 participants, and showcasing more than 30 inspiring short films.

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2019

She Summits began in 2019 as a multi-generational community film festival and events celebrating the female spirit and supported by major brands like Arc’teryx, SPUD.ca, Nature’s Path, Rip Curl, and more.

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2021

We took the contagious energy of our events and wrapped it up in a gorgeous new membership platform available to Individuals and Organizations. Join our purpose-driven platform to support your growth and wellbeing, deepen your connection to nature, and find meaningful community.

Hi

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We’re Laura and Danielle,

Co-Founders of the She Summits Forum: a purpose-driven community to support your growth and wellbeing. We provide you with the guidance, tools, powerful short films, and connections to ignite your untapped potential, deepen your connection to nature, and reach your goals.

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LAURA

   van der Veer

Laura has 20+ years of experience as a community builder, small business mentor, and business development specialist.

An expert in community engagement, special events, public relations, and strategic partnerships, she’s also a long-time volunteer mentor for The Forum’s Mentor Program for women entrepreneurs.

Her work has empowered women leaders across dozens of companies and industries, including consumer goods, travel, outdoors, and female-founded start-ups.

DANIELLE

 Leroux

Danielle is a community builder, communications and membership specialist, and life and leadership coach.

 

Her expertise in communications and membership engagement, content creation, and personal development has propelled She Summits to become the #1 community to support your growth and wellbeing.

 

Passionate about empowering and connecting women, she also created Renew Retreats - the top hiking retreats for women in B.C. - to build women’s confidence, create community, provide education, and support more women in getting outdoors.

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Igniting the untapped potential within women

to create conscious change in the world.
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Shannon Lorenz 

Community Builder and Consultant

The Locals Board

Shannon Lorenz is a Community Builder and Consultant who helps small business owners gain clarity, build confidence, and create communities for sustainable growth. She’s the creator of the Level Up Mastermind for women entrepreneurs, co-founder of Refresh Market, and owner of The Locals Board

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Tess Sloane

Co-Founder

ElevenElevenTalent 

Tess is a certified Meditation teacher, co-founder of ElevenEleven Talent, a regular speaker at Universities, Women Events and HR Conferences. Tess is committed to the conversation of remaining deeply connected to your purpose and the continued development of your whole self.

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Susan Flynn

Director of Social Media

Plastic Oceans International

Susan is a content creator and social media manager. Formerly trained as an audiologist, Susan pivoted to content creation after experiencing success with her own personal Instagram account. Susan is the Director of social media for Plastic Oceans International, a non-profit organization whose goal is to end plastic pollution, with over 300,000 followers worldwide. Susan also manages several LinkedIn social media accounts and considers this platform her specialty. 

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A few partners who share our vision and values

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See how She Summits Forum inspires women every day

Volunteer Advisory Board

Meet 

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 Andrea Helleman

Owner and Founder

Maven Business & Brand Development

Andrea Helleman is a self-taught storyteller, designer, photographer, podcast, brander, and content creator. She lives in Squamish, BC with her sister Adele. Adele has Down syndrome and has helped Andrea look at the world with more compassion, patience, and awe.

Andrea loves people, stories, ideas, connection, and pushing herself further in all creative avenues she comes upon. She works with small businesses and entrepreneurs as a designer, consultant, and teacher. Andrea seeks to empower and inspire in every interaction. 

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Rebecca Vigelius

Copywriter and Marketing Consultant

Conversion Copywriting and Strategy

Rebecca Vigelius is a copywriter and marketing consultant for wellness practitioners and women leaders. She combines her 20+ years of experience in TV news, public relations, corporate communications, and marketing to help her clients capture their own magic. The result: messaging and sales copy that convert the right people into long-term paying customers and clients. Her mission is to empower 1000+ clients to elevate 1000+ people each.

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 Tami Schweber 

Online Course

Launch Strategist

Tami Schweber is a Online Course & Launch Strategist for women entrepreneurs who want to take their one-to-one services to one-to-many, so they can finally stop trading time for money. Tami’s experience in a variety of industries allows her to bring a diverse set of skills and problem solving solutions for her clients. She is her clients’ biggest cheerleader.

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Shannon Lorenz 

Community Builder and Consultant

The Locals Board

Shannon Lorenz is a Community Builder and Consultant who helps small business owners gain clarity, build confidence, and create communities for sustainable growth. She’s the creator of the Level Up Mastermind for women entrepreneurs, co-founder of Refresh Market, and owner of The Locals Board

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Tess Sloane

Co-Founder

ElevenElevenTalent 

Tess Sloane is the Co-Founder of Eleven Eleven Talent Collective, and the Founder of Chapter Two Meditation. Tess is a firm believer in the philosophy of transformation, with concrete examples throughout her 16+ years in the HR industry. She has catalyzed purpose-led paths for people and worked for global brands renown for their transformative People Practices. Using her technical background and instinct as a true north star, her approach blends eastern and western philosophies, finding harmony between tried and true tactics and progressive, forward thinking innovation. 

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Susan Flynn

Director of Social Media

Plastic Oceans International

Susan is a content creator and social media manager. Formerly trained as an audiologist, Susan pivoted to content creation after experiencing success with her own personal Instagram account. Susan is the Director of social media for Plastic Oceans International, a non-profit organization whose goal is to end plastic pollution, with over 300,000 followers worldwide. Susan also manages several LinkedIn social media accounts and considers this platform her specialty. 

Amy Saunders

Amy Saunders 

Founder of

AlphaPR

 Director of Communications

and Marketing at

Diva

Amy Saunders is the Founder of AlphaPR and Director of Communications and Marketing at Diva, maker of the Original DivaCup. A believer in the power of storytelling, and the power of women, Amy has forged a career path coloured with innovative thinking and DIY grit. She has been a champion for historically underserved communities, elevating and empowering deserving narratives, artists, and collaborators. With a Masters in Strategic Business Design and Innovation, Amy's work centers on purpose, intention and making the world a better place. 

Here's what is possible with She Summits

“Working with Laura has truly been one of the best decisions I’ve made as an entrepreneur. She approaches mentorship as if she had a vested interest in your success, and each month dedicates time to truly supporting your development. I look forward to leaving every session with new ideas and inspiration.”  
 
-Kate Bouchard, CEO & Founder, Armature Collective