Women of the Month
People need to be inspired if they are to do great things. Where does that inspiration come from?
Oftentimes it comes from hearing the stories of other people who are striving to make change in the world. Hearing how other people are doing great things can be an amazing motivator and that is why we exist.
Below you can see our current "Inspirational Profiles" - These women were selected based on their outstanding achievements. They are doing great things in their careers, in the media, in relationships with others, or by transforming their own lives. It doesn't matter where the change is being instituted - We want to honor women who are creating change.
Please read their stories and be inspired today.
Many people think of fad diets and gimmicky exercise equipment when they think about losing weight and transforming their bodies. Cassie has a very different perspective:
"Being overweight is often associated with psychological needs that are being unmet or unhealthy life behaviors that have been ingrained into deep-rooted habits. These issues are not solved by a simple exercise and diet plan."
Cassie has worked as a clinical counselor for a number of years and has seen many clients with similar needs. Her clients are often unhappy with the way they look and with their position in life. They are also frequently unable to help themselves change because of their long-standing habits that contribute to their obesity and depression.
Using her expertise in health behavior change, Cassie developed a fitness program delivered via Make Your Body Work, an online fitness service that her husband began several years ago. Her program is delivered over a 12-week period and focuses on helping others adopt healthy lifestyle habits. Issues such as motivation, stress, support systems, and many others are addressed in the program.
There are many weight-loss programs out there but Cassie is truly inspirational because she is looking to delve deeper with those she works with. She sees physical fitness and weight-loss as a symptom of a balanced life and happy mindset. By working closely with her clients Cassie has been able to change many people's lives through mental and physical change. She aims for full body transformation - Changing bodies, both mentally and physically.
It is refreshing to see someone who is taking the time to meet people's true needs, not just address their symptoms.
Anthea is a pioneer in the insurance industry. Not only is she leading a small but growing insurance brokerage in and industry filled with men-run competitors, but she is doing so in a way that is truly making a difference in the lives of her customers. Mumby Insurance Brokers is located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and Anthea is making sure that each client they serve is being protected as they deserve.
"Insurance is a tricky business because there are so many players that try to win customers based on price alone. But, when those customers need have an accident, or run into health issues, where is their broker? We aim to be different - We are small enough to get to know each of our clients on a personal level but we are big enough to offer any product they would need to protect themselves and their families."
Canada, in terms of industrialized nations, lagged behind many other countries in terms of the quality of protection people could receive via insurance policies. Mumby Insurance has worked hard to change that by offering innovative new products that take care of people and families. For example, they were among the first brokerages to offer a product called Critical Illness Insurance, a policy that protects people from lost income due to major illness or injury.
The most inspiring piece to Anthea's story is the fact that she is innovating and leading in a very male-dominated industry. It is unheard of for a woman to be so proactive in introducing new products and providing new services in the insurance industry. Insurance is the epitome of an "old boys club". Anthea is showing other female brokerage owners how to compete and how to lead. Not only is she providing better service for her clients but she is providing unique vision to the women who are following in her footsteps.