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Member Spotlights.

Get to know Ellevate members — women who are leading the charge — and learn from their stories.


Kelly Pratt

Owner/Founder Athena Village | Second Star LLC

I'm Kelly Pratt and I'm focused on building an online community called Athena Village.

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Julie Cropp Gareleck

CEO & Founder Junction Creative Solutions

I’m Julie Cropp Gareleck, CEO, entrepreneur, and now author. For over two decades, I have dedicated my career to working with companies, whether an early-stage company, or a global Fortune 1000 brand on developing the right strategies to support growth. It has been a mission to not just provide incredible smart strategies but also deliver results that provide a positive impact to our clients. As an author, it is my mission to empower and motivate entrepreneurs, business owners, and prospective business owners, providing real experiences and advice on what it takes to be successful.

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Lia Grimberg

Principal and Consultant Radicle Loyalty

Hello. My name is Lia Grimberg. After 20+ years in corporate, this year I launched a loyalty consulting business called Radicle Loyalty. Radicle Loyalty creates marketing strategies and designs loyalty programs to correct customer behaviour and drive emotional loyalty.

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Ircilia Inacio

Human Resources Consultant Korn Ferry

Hello, my name is Ircilia Inacio. I am Human Resources Consultant focused on psychometric assessments, system trainings and onboardings. I work with Human Resources Professionals at the top management level to identify the talent acquisition outcomes they were seeking to achieve.

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Christelle Soto-Suarez

• Self-Leadership Awakener – Coach, Facilitator / Executive & Leadership Coach | Empowering hard-working, busy professional women+ who feel stuck and unable to move forward, to start taking action! | Writer | French, English, Spanish Pistachio-Cassis Coaching

Well, my name is Christelle Soto-Suarez, and I’m an “eclectic, non-conforming, introvert” human being… Eclectic, because I’ve always wanted to have multiple experiences – leading me to a 25- year international career in the construction industry, working in different countries, languages, positions, types of projects… and then to setting up my own life coaching practice, Pistachio-Cassis Coaching - empowering professional women to design, build and then lead THEIR life and career in their own terms. Non-conforming, because I didn’t consider the lack of role models (for the lifestyle I wanted) in my social environment as a reason for not trying – but it doesn’t mean I didn’t have plenty of confidence issues along the way! Introvert, because I definitively enjoy spending time with myself, and I’m quickly drained of energy when I’m with a large group of people – which means I had to adapt my behaviors so that being an introvert would not be an obstacle.

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Kathryn Landis

Executive & Team Coach, NYU Prof, Keynote Speaker Kathryn Landis Consulting (Founder & CEO)

Hello! I'm Kathryn Landis, Founder & CEO of Kathryn Landis Consulting, a global executive & team coaching firm focused on helping leaders get to the next level of greatness.

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Lisa Durante

Founder and Managing Principal Jack Communications

Hi! I’m Lisa Durante. I’m a storyteller, an advocate for women and parents at work, and a mom to two growing girls. For the last 10 years I’ve been leading JAck Communications - a content marketing agency that helps leaders and businesses harness the power of content to connect to their people, market their brands and grow their businesses. I’m also the chapter co-president of Ellevate Network in Toronto.

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Sonya Padovani

Marketing Coordinator Sovereign Insurance

I'm Sonya Padovani and I’m the Marketing Coordinator with Sovereign Insurance. In my role, I've had the advantage and pleasure of working on many different projects that crossed over into internal communications and change management. I’m currently focused on event management and my new-found passion is creating relationship-building opportunities and experiences. I’m interested in learning more about events and connecting with event folk, especially in a corporate setting.

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Stuti Govil

Communications Specialist Looking for my next role

I work as a Communications Specialist in Toronto, having made Toronto my new home a couple years ago. I have had the pleasure of having lived in four countries, multiple cities and smaller towns. Sometimes, I am so thankful for the vagabond life I lived as a child for it allowed me the opportunity to feel at home, no matter where I was in the world. I have a Master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies (SOAS, University of London) and an MPhil. In Geography and Urban Studies (Rutgers University, New Jersey). I’m a journalist by training, an educator, writer and researcher by professional affiliations, and a communications expert by interest and passion. Currently, I work at Jack Communications as a Marketing Coordinator and volunteer with the Ellevate Toronto Chapter in the Marketing and Communications team.

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Vanessa Tiffany

Writer Self

Hi! I am writing fiction full time now under the name Vanessa Mayfield. I've finally started submitting my work and I'm building a new literary website for women writers and readers-- going live soon!

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Karen Ann Tompson

Disability & Absence Process Owner The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

I am Karen Tompson, I work for Guardian Life Insurance as a Disability & Absence Process Owner in our claims operation. I am focused on peresonal & professional growth, Ellevating my career and taking on what comes next in my career journey.

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Sahar Ali

Research Manager Brandspark

Born in Kuwait and moved to India after high school, I have experienced different cultures firsthand and imbibed a lot of different values. Growing up I could not help wondering why people are so different and what makes people tick. Eventually, that led me to discover a career in market research, where professionals like myself spend our days studying consumer behavior and figuring out what drives people to make certain decisions. At the heart of this work lies the art of storytelling, where I transform consumer insights into meaningful narratives that resonate with both businesses and their target audiences. Beyond my work as a market researcher, I have the privilege of being part of the Toronto leadership team at Ellevate, a community that empowers women through networking, discussions, and education. As the leader of our monthly Coffee Connections,I have had the pleasure of facilitating virtual networking events that bring women together to discuss a wide range of topics. In my free time, I indulge in my passion for plants, nurturing and propagating a variety of species. I also find solace in the pages of self-help books, particularly those that combine spiritual and scientific knowledge to guide me toward a more fulfilling life.

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