Shatter Ceilings and Shape The Future

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The glimmering lights and lavish design of the upscale Park Hyatt Toronto served as the backdrop for an unforgettable evening—a celebration of resilience, innovation, and the outstanding achievements of women entrepreneurs and career professionals. The 2023 Women Empowerment Awards, presented by Rogers Communications in partnership with Mantella Corporation, unfolded as a powerful testament to the remarkable strides women are making in various industries.

The Awards celebrated the diverse talent, innovation, and impact as these women shared their incredible stories. Entrepreneurs, executives, and visionaries from all walks of life gathered to honor one another and be honored. Based on the foundation of their mission that “we rise by lifting others,” the Awards recognized the outstanding achievements in categories ranging from mentorship and leadership to entrepreneurship and community impact.

The partnership between Rogers Communications and Mantella Corporation brought an added layer of significance to the event, with each sponsor providing a generous $10,000 grant to the Rogers Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Mantella Corporation Entrepreneur BIPOC Grant Award respectively. These industry giants, recognizing the importance of supporting and championing women, celebrated the achievements of these outstanding women while paving the way for future triumphs.

A highlight of the evening was the soul-stirring performance by the Juno Award-winning artist, Jully Black. Her presence on stage was nothing short of electrifying. With a voice that effortlessly spanned the realms of R&B, soul, and gospel, Jully Black not only entertained with her powerful words but brought the audience to tears with her heartfelt version of “This Little Light of Mine” as the crowd all sang in unison. Her rendition of soulful classics and empowering anthems left guests captivated, moved, and inspired. Jully Black’s performance wasn’t just a musical interlude; it was a poignant reminder of the strength and resilience woven into the fabric of every woman’s journey.

This grand affair included celebrity guests, influencers, powerhouse women and philanthropists, members of parliament, and women from diverse industries, with each category unveiling inspiring stories of tenacity, innovation, and community impact. Entrepreneurs who dared to dream, executives who shattered glass ceilings, and community leaders who made a lasting impact all found themselves in the spotlight as women celebrated one another. Industry leaders mingled with emerging talents, creating a vibrant ecosystem of support and collaboration. The atmosphere was charged with the collective belief that when women come together, extraordinary things happen.

The event marked not just a night of recognition but a milestone in the journey toward a more inclusive, empowered future with the announcement of The Women Empowerment Foundation, a non-profit organization that envisions a future where every woman has the ability and rights to excel, irrespective of her background or circumstances. According to President and Founder Klaudia Zinaty, “the Foundation will launch this year with programs, initiatives, and awards designed to break down barriers, bridge gaps, and shape a future where every woman has the opportunity to thrive.” As the inspiring evening came to a close, the melodies of Jully Black’s performance and the stories of excellence lingered, reminding us that empowerment is not just a destination but an ongoing journey and testament to the idea that when women uplift each other, the possibilities are limitless.

Here’s to the women who dare to dream, shatter ceilings, and shape the future. The journey continues.

Klaudia Capalbo

Women Empowerment Awards

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