Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs Staff Members.
Supporting women business owners with insightful advice, training events, and ample opportunities to grow their business.
Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer loves to study wine and one day plans to complete the training to become a sommelier. Her dream vacation is to do an extensive tour of wineries in France!
“Don’t be afraid to fail. Often what feels like failure today is simply a lesson that needs to be learned in order to achieve greater success tomorrow.”
Director of Programming & Evaluation
Carolyn has met 10 actors from the UK soap opera Coronation Street.
“Cash-flow is the heart of your business. Understand it so you can properly manage it.”
Director of Administration & Special Projects
Barbie’s favourite room in her house is her kitchen. On weekends you can find her in her happy place cooking or baking and trying new recipes. Luckily for her family she loves to share!
“There is no substitute for hard work. The harder you work the luckier you get.”
Judy loves to scrapbook and saves everything from her trips for her albums, including a hot dog wrapper from the San Francisco 49ers.
“Keep your business information up-to-date online and in any membership directories in which you are listed so you don’t miss out on potential business opportunities.”
Business Start-up Advisor, Avalon
Heather has always loved writing and dreams of one day publishing a novel. She recently discovered a love of cooking and would love to someday combine the two and publish her very own cookbook!
“Listen. Actively listen to those around you. Customers, advisors, friends and strangers all have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with you and help you grow.”
Business Start-up Advisor, Eastern
Sarah loves to run! Her last big race was a half-marathon through the streets of Chicago.
People will return to a business for good customer service!
Business Start-up Advisor, Central
Lindsay is a summer person and loves to spend time outdoors swimming, reading a good book, or roasting marshmallows around the fire with family and friends.
“Make sure you have a business plan. Your business plan will help you map out where you want your business to go, how to get there, and what you will need to help you succeed.”
Business Start-up Advisor, Western
Carla’s very first summer job was working for her brothers at their hot dog stand enterprise when she was 14 years old.
“Take every opportunity to meet and network with other business owners to share challenges and successes, together we’re better.”
Business Start-up Advisor, Labrador
Betty enjoys the outdoors, going to the cabin, fishing and berry picking. Betty loves berry picking so much that she has even carried her baby in his car seat (with a fly screen over it) up into the hills to pick berries while the baby slept.
“If you dream about starting your own business doing something that you love, then go for it. Live your dream and have no regrets.”
Business Growth Advisor, Avalon
When Denise lived in Montreal, Leonard Cohen was her neighbor. One Sunday morning, she found herself drinking coffee in the park while he ate ice cream in his bedroom slippers right next to her!
“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great achievements.”
Business Growth Advisor, Eastern
Paula currently rides a Harley Davidson Road King, earning her the nickname ‘Road Queen’.
“Commit to excelling at customer service.”
Business Growth Advisor, Central
Betsy is an avid gardener and recently started her first “onion and garlic” garden. She can’t wait to cook up a nice dinner with what she has grown.
“Use the people around you; build your networks and relationships. If you have a question then ask; if you don’t know something then say ‘I don’t know’, because someone has that answer for you.”
Business Growth Advisor, Western & Labrador
Marvella is a proud owner of at least 100 pairs of shoes and jokingly states the one of her joys of working with women entrepreneurs is getting to see all the fabulous shoes!
“Be adaptable, be different, and embrace change. The ‘why not?’ thinkers are the industry leaders so don’t be afraid to stand out front.”
Export Consultant (Contracted)
Deborah loves playing tennis and hopes that one day she will get to Wimbledon…as a spectator.
“Be open to the world but stay concentrated on your business niche.”
Project Manager, Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership
Sarah is a knitter! She loves beautiful yarns and always on the hunt for vintage patterns and vintage yarn. She hopes to one day have her own sheep and spin her own yarn.
“A good business idea does not guarantee success in business. Planning is key.
Capacity Building Coordinator
Fun Fact: I enjoy spending my free time outdoors, especially fishing and hiking. Three years ago, I started salmon fishing, something I never thought I would ever do. And, over the last few years, I have challenged myself to complete all the East Coast Trail Association hiking trails. So far, I have completed over half of the trails.
“Business opportunities are like bacon, if you wait too long there won’t be any left. So, embrace the opportunities that present themselves, both the big and small, because you never know where they will lead you.”
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
On Sunday mornings I can be found puttering around my house with a cup of coffee listening to Terry O’Reilly’s podcast Under The Influence.
“Take advantage of free marketing tools. Create a Google My Business account and up your game on social media by tagging, using hashtags and sharing cool images.”
Janice loves to travel and cruising is one of her favourite types of vacation. She got the cruising bug after winning a 5-day Western Carribbean cruise in 2017. It was a memorable trip and she looks forward to lots of travel again in the future!
“Don’t be afraid to seek help and advice when needed, and ask for customer feedback. The knowledge you obtain to help you grow and enhance your business is invaluable.”