About

We are a Canadian Not-For-Profit - created by a group of passionate women, public figures, executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs who came together with the mission to make Windsor Essex County the #1 place in Canada to be a woman!

 

We provide hands-on mentorship through empowered one-on-one sessions and dynamic group workshops. We lead change in both perception and reality for women looking to develop their careers or take on a new professional challenge.

By pulling together a team of recognized leaders from diverse fields, we can help women overcome obstacles, launch and scale their business, thrive in STEM, manage their careers, and live a wholehearted and PASSIONATE life!

 

Our Partners

Thank you to our partners for helping us bring the Women of Windsor- Essex "All the way up!"

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Meet Our Team

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Hivda Celik- Executive Director

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Hivda Celik is a career HR professional who began her journey at the Women of Windsor Mentorship Collaborative through a BSI opportunity from the University of Windsor. Since then, her position has been elevated from Administrative Director to Interim Executive Director within the organization. Hivda hopes to evolve how mentorship is perceived and delivered in the Windsor-Essex Community through partnerships and internal restructuring. She is currently working on new ideas to further community engagement with a refreshed team and BoD, upholding an emphasis on the importance of Women in Business and STEM.

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Joanne Soave- Administrator

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 Joanne is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a regional Internet Service Provider, and also a founding member and Board of Director for The Women of Windsor Mentorship Collaborative. She has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience and looks forward to sharing that knowledge to help strengthen our local workforce. She is currently serving on the Agency Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor-Essex, a non-profit organization. In addition, Joanne is a Collaboration Committee Member for Connecting-Windsor Essex, (CW-E). She has a love of all things technology and innovation and assisting in bringing as much forward thinking and progressive tech advancements in the Windsor-Essex community as possible. Joanne joins our team as an Administrator, helping to conduct our daily operations and build unique community partnership opportunities. 

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Tara Teahen- Board Member & Mentor

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Tara is a career HR professional with experience in high paced manufacturing environments across multiple industries. Tara works with international teams to deliver high quality Talent Programs to suit the needs of the business climate. From her contribution to the global talent program to developing the next generation of talent- she is focused on the betterment of her employer Kautex Textron, for years to come. Tara has now joined the W.O.W team as a mentor and board member. She understands the impact mentors hold and is grateful for the mentors she has had along the way. 

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Zoja Holman - Board Member & Mentor

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Zoja has spent almost 15 years working in progressively senior positions predominantly in the public health care space. From corporate communication to privacy to strategic planning, she has had the privilege of leading several departments and collaborating with individuals at all levels of the organization as well as community stakeholders. As Zoja continue to explore new stages of her career, she is eager to support and encourage others to be successful where they are or wish to go and, where possible, learn every step of the way. Zoja now joins the Women of Windsor as a mentor and board member providing a unique and innovative prospective on our programing and operations.

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Shelja Garg - Treasurer
 

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Shelja Garg, CPA is a multi-passionate woman of Windsor who steps into the different roles of accountant, life coach, writer and public speaker. Shelja aims to be a role model for women by inspiring them to make conscious choices in life that are authentically aligned with who they are. After 5 years working in accounting, she quit her job to pursue her calling to be a life coach which lead her on a personal transformation journey to embody the most authentically aligned version of herself as a writer and speaker. She joined The Women of Windsor Mentorship Collaborative in 2020 as a mentor to demonstrate where she authentically thrives. She has since joined the board as TreasurerSince then, she has joined the board and stepped into the role of Treasurer and is excited to help take WOW to new heights in 2022 and beyond so we can all rise #AllTheWayUp! 

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Sandra Woodbridge - Board Member 
 

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I am a Professional Coach and the President of the Woodbridge Factor Inc. which is a company that offers personal coaching and business consulting based out of a small town called Harrow in Southern Ontario, Canada. I am an accomplished businesswoman with 18 years of commercial business banking experience. I love seeing people thrive. When I am not coaching you will find me farming with my husband, Andrew and our 13-year-old son Alex. We run a cash crop farm called Bridgewood Farms growing corn, soybeans and wheat. We have also recently started venturing into the Agritourism space by launching our first on farm cottage rental in 2021. I am loving meeting people from all walks of life, while sharing stories of our farm.

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Noah Campbell - Board Member
 

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Noah Campbell holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Applied Computing with Distinction. In March 2021, Noah joined WaveDirect Telecommunications to lead Government Relations and Strategic Projects where he secured over $21m in Government investment in connectivity, established and managed a developer operations team, and supported the development of innovative internal tools.

Extending from this opportunity Noah has recently joined Touchless as Director of Government & Community Innovation as an early employee to a Toronto-based technology startup that has grown to be valued at $10m during his tenure. Touchless is focused on creating a more accessible, connected, and data-driven communities.

We are masters of our respective crafts.  Skilled leaders, here to propel our community and each other forward!