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Our Story

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Welcome!

The She Summits Forum is a hybrid community uniting ambitious women of all ages who want to beat burnout and be inspired in work and life.

 

We offer memberships for individuals and organizations. Our technology platform reduces female burnout in the workplace and helps organizations increase retention and profitability. 

 

Our members find inspiration through: group coaching, live panel discussions, monthly

meetups in nature, powerful female-centric short films, and support from a community of like-minded women reaching incredible life summits.

  

We're on a mission to ignite the untapped potential within 1 million self-identifying women by 2025.

 

Ready to connect with your passions and reach more summits than you thought possible?

Join the movement today.

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. During this year, Laura van der Veer came on board and Carla passed the torch to her.

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2019

She Summits was originally founded by Dr. Carla Cupido in 2019 with the first festival in collaboration with Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF). It began 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

In 2021, we rebranded as the She Summits Forum and Danielle Leroux joined the team as co-founder. 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 hybrid community uniting ambitious women of all ages who want to beat burnout and be inspired in work and life. Our technology platform reduces female burnout in the workplace and helps organizations increase retention and profitability. 

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We’re Laura and Danielle,

Co-Founders of the She Summits Forum: a hybrid community uniting ambitious women of all ages who want to beat burnout and be inspired in work and life.  Reignite your energy to reach extraordinary life summits.

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LAURA

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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 platform to reduce female burnout and help you thrive in work and life.

 

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