#LetsLeadLadies




“When the whole world is silent,
even one voice becomes powerful”

– Malala Yousafzai

- Monday Motivation: Be like Malala -

Follow my Lead: Maria Dina Galura
Meet this leading creative artist that is brightening up Calgary with her balloon installations

Maria Dina Galura is the woman behind the beautiful balloon art
you see floating around Calgary.
Photo by Philip David.

Maria Dina Galura

You have probably seen one of Maria Galura’s many balloon arches, garlands and displays all around town. Now get to know the woman behind Calgary Party 50 and all the Calgary balloon décor.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

You can call me Maria. My family calls me Dina. My husband and I migrated to Calgary in 2011 from the Philippines. We started our family in Canada; our three girls make life so sweet.

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Follow my Lead: Kristen Dyck
Meet this leading personal brand strategist taking careers to the next level

Kristen Dyck presents at a personal branding workshop in Calgary

Kristen Dyck is showing the lady bosses out there out to take their brand to the next level.

Kristen Dyck

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Kristen Dyck: I’m a wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend. Oh, and I was once told, “You do great work, but no one knows who you are.” It was a big moment for me. Through trial, error and bravery, I developed my own personal brand and achieved my professional goals. After that I launched AVRO Creative in Calgary to show other women how to do the same.

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A look inside Liz & Lottie
The East Village retailer is helping to build the vibrant new Calgary community

Welcome to Liz & Lottie.

Say hello to Liz & Lottie

There is LOTS to love about Liz & Lottie. The East Village shop has only been around since July 2016 but is quickly building a reputation as the go-to place for high style goods at unexpectedly reasonable prices. The store features a beautiful and cheeky collection of housewares, home décor, paper goods, jewelry and so much more. Everything from “gangsta napper” baby onesies to “good in bed” pillows can be found at the store. If it’s sassy and classy, you bet you can find it at Liz & View this Post

Love for the black-haired girls

Black-haired girl in top-knot

Black hair, don’t care.

Show some love for the black-haired girls in your life

You got your brunettes. You got your redheads. Blondes apparently have the most fun. But what about all us black haired beauties out there?

I’ve always wondered why black-haired girls don’t get their own name grouping. It’s the kind of odd question you come up with as a child but there never seemed to be a good answer. This seemingly random question came to mind for me when I came across Vancouver clothier BRUNETTE the Label. Their cheeky clothes pay homage to the hair labels View this Post

Follow my Lead: Lourdes Juan
Meet this leading local entrepreneur, food activist and urban planner

Lourdes Juan is one of Calgary's leading female entrepreneurs

Meet Lourdes Juan: a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur with a community-minded focus. Photo via @lourdesjuan Instagram.

Lourdes Juan

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Lourdes Juan: I’m a Calgary based entrepreneur. I work as a planning consultant with Hive Developments, Director of Soma Hammam & Spa, Executive Director with the Leftovers Foundation, Fresh Routes and Moonlight Market Foundation. These are all businesses and non-profits that I have founded.

Why did you start your businesses?

Lourdes Juan: I’ve always wanted to have my own business, just like my dad! I knew that I needed to spend the time working View this Post

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