Written by Maria Locker
It has taken me 2 full days to come up for air and really soak in all the amazing things that took place this past weekend at The 2016 National Mompreneurs® Conference and Awards. To say that I am in awe and wonderment of our amazing community would be a drastic understatement.
I wish I could adequately describe how proud and honoured I am to live this incredible life that I lead… how proud I am to be the wife of the most supportive, encouraging, and dedicated husband ever; to be the mom of the kindest and most patient two children you could hope for; to be the daughter of inspirational yet humble parents who teach me and guide me daily; to be the leader of a team that makes everyday knowing them and working with them feel like a privilege and a badge of honour; and to be at the helm of a community of women that not only raise each other up, but actually push each other into the spotlight when no one else will… it’s all a bit surreal, and most definitely not something I could have imagined had you told me 5 years ago it was in the cards for my future.
Every year, the National Mompreneurs® Conference brings together 250 of some of my best friends, esteemed colleagues, and valued members. It has truly become a family reunion, for the Mompreneurs® “business family” around the country. It always leaves me with nostalgia for days passed, and propels my drive to want to connect with more women in Canada so they too can join our crazy family.
This year marked a special hallmark in our business family history, as we celebrated 5 years since the incorporation of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc., those first busy months where I thought that it could be fun and helpful to take my small idea and share it with others around communities in the rest of Canada. The people who have joined this journey along the way, whether as a licensee, a partner, a supporter, a member, a sponsor, or a cheerleader, will forever hold a special place in my heart, as they each brought something to the table and made this venture bigger and better just through their involvement, big or small.
If you haven’t caught up yet with our updates on the winners of this year’s Mompreneur® Awards, be sure to read up on our latest blog and get to know not only the amazing 4 winners, but also the stories behind their success, and the drive that pushed them to the winners’ circle. It was a tough year of competitors, the toughest yet in my opinion, and I’m proud to call each of the finalists and winners a member of our organization and a true testament to the power that a dedicated and passionate woman entrepreneur can possess.
Here’s to a year of continued success, connections, and empowerment for each of us – as Debbie Travis said at this year’s conference, you are all my ‘Wonderbras’… thanks for uplifting and supporting me, my team, and each other… Every. Single. Day.
~ Maria xo
Maria Locker is the Founder & CEO of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. She started the company in 2010, and incorporated on Valentine’s Day, 2011. The Mompreneurs® organization includes non-profit Mompreneurs® Momentum Enterprise of Canada; a roster of community chapters led by an amazing team of licensees; the annual Mompreneurs® Conference; the annual Mompreneur® Awards; and the quarterly publication of Mompreneur® Magazine. Maria lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband and two children.