She's the Boss: Empowering Women Through Entrepreneurship

Photography by @sincerelyimage

Photography by @sincerelyimage

As an extension of our power + influence issue, we hosted our second-annual panel event called “She’s the Boss: Empowering Women Through Entrepreneurship”. The event celebrated Toronto-based, millennial women entrepreneurs as we marked Global Entrepreneurship Week, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and Curated Life magazine’s 2nd anniversary.

The panelists who took part in the discussion  were Jessica Ching (co-founder of Eve Medical), Janelle Hinds (founder of Helping Hands App), Brittny Skylar Robins (founder and CEO of Flawless by Friday) and Lisa Zamparo (Chartered Professional Accountant). Each panelist is a Toronto-based, millennial woman entrepreneur with an inspirational start-up story and a mission to empower women.

Jessica Ching Eve Medical

In today’s political climate, there is a lot of discussion about women’s empowerment and women’s rights - from equal pay to birth control access. We discussed how entrepreneurship fits into the equation as a tool for women’s empowerment and how women’s empowerment can be incorporated into ones’ business practice. We also discussed challenges and opportunities for young women entrepreneurs. We also discussed what should be done at a macro or micro level to provide better opportunities for woman entrepreneurs. 

The event took place at Sandbox by DMZ in Toronto, Canada. Guests enjoyed refreshments courtesy of Panago Pizza and Just Craft Soda. Entertainment was provided by Nora Tones courtesy of the 194 Group. Registered guests  also enjoyed access to this issue’s gift bag. 


Our November 2017 gift bag featured #bossbabe essentials that pair well with this issue. Bonus: many of these brands are Canadian and/or women-founded.   

Flawless by Friday. Created by our panelist Brittny Skylar Robins, the Flawless in 15 Eye Rescue Mask with honey and gold works to depuff and hydrate the delicate skin under your eyes. Available at Hudson’s Bay or
Way of Will is a modern aromatherapy system for active lifestyles based here in Toronto. The line includes moisturizing body oils like 07 Breather with cedar wood and grapefruit. Available at

Pura Botanicals Overnight Garden Mask is a clarifying herbal mask made of rich, natural ingredients like cucumber, sweet basil and rosemary. Available at

lilah b. is a streamlined colour collection of luxurious, multi-purpose products that simplify your beauty routine. Divine Duo™ for lip and check is now available exclusively in Canada at

Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil works to help minimize scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. Bio-Oil is easily absorbed without clogging pores. Available at Shopper’s Drug Mart

Nest Fragrances is a collection of fine, botany-inspired fragrances for the body and the home. Available at Sephora, Nordstrom  and

Tealeaves Jet Lag Kit contains two teas: Energy and Relax- one to drink before your flight and one to drink when you land. Both are packaged in a pyramid-shaped tea bag; making it easy to enjoy high-quality whole leaf tea on-the-go. Available at

Squish Candies. These gourmet gummies are made with high-quality ingredients and come in a curated collection of flavors from cocktail and decadent to fruity and intense. With hundreds of flavors, there’s a candy everyone can enjoy. Find a boutique or order online at

HBX sticker. HBX is the digital learning arm of the Harvard Business School. HBX offers online certificate programs that focus on real-world problem solving and active learning. A full list of course offerings is just a click away. Visit

Rimowa Toronto.  In our “Destination Inspiration” feature you will spot Rimowa’s sleek, light-weight Topas carry-on. With your Rimowa pen and luggage sticker, write down your dream vacation spot and tag @rt.rimowatoronto on Instagram. #OnlyWaytoTravel

WeWork Canada mobile sticker. With locations in 56 cities worldwide, WeWork is one of the  largest chain of co-working spaces on the planet. In Toronto, there is a location on Richmond Street West with a second coming to Bloor Street East. These inclusive co-working spaces foster community and creative culture for entrepreneurs. For info and locations visit

BumbleBizz tote. BumbleBizz is a new mode of bumble app  that allows for professional networking. Make queen bee career moves, expand your network and become the CEO your parents wanted you to marry. Download at

Event attendees were also treated to print copies of Curated Life Magazine Issue 4. You can now access the digital version of this issue for free by clicking the link below.

If you are interested in attending one of our events, be sure to follow us on Instagram @curatedlifeca to be the first to see our event announcements. Our signature MASTERCLASS series will resume January 2018.

MASTERCLASS ft. Shecosystem & Futurpreneur Canada

Emily Rose Antflick, founder of shecosystem,ca sharing her start-up story

Emily Rose Antflick, founder of shecosystem,ca sharing her start-up story

Happy Civic long weekend everyone! First of all, can I send a huge thank you to everyone who attended this Friday’s MASTERCLASS. I know you could have been either at the cottage or getting ready for other festivities in the city. I am so grateful that you decided to start your weekend with us.

When I was preparing for this week’s event, I came across a program from the first event I ever coordinated.  It was 12 years ago and I was only in high school, but it was the first time I truly saw myself as an entrepreneur. Since then my academic pursuits took me in a different direction, but I always found entrepreneurship to be my creative outlet on the side. Like other women entrepreneurs, my business began when I felt unsatisfied (and a bit frustrated) about not finding the opportunities I wanted within the structured environment of a traditional workplace. So, I felt like I had to go out and create the opportunity for myself. In some ways, being an entrepreneur has turned me into a D.I.Y. wonder woman but it has also taught me the value of mentorship and a supportive network. Mentors, in business or in your personal life, can help you along your journey by offering advice and wisdom they’ve gained on their own journey. Mentorship can be formal or informal. Your mentor can act as a coach when you need to be challenged or a cheerleader when you need a boost. Your mentor can be more experienced or even a peer.

This is why I wanted to create an anthology of stories and resources by and for millennial women entrepreneurs through Curated Life magazine.  I wish to grow Curated Life into a platform that will allow us to learn from each other’s journey. In doing so, I knew I that it would be important for us to connect face-to-face.  And so, I launched the MASTERCLASS event series in January. At each MASTERCLASS, you will be connected to community resources that will help you start or grow a prosperous business.

Introductions lead by Linda Morena, mentor-in-residence and Daniel Graham, Business Development Manager of Futurpreneur Canada

Introductions lead by Linda Morena, mentor-in-residence and Daniel Graham, Business Development Manager of Futurpreneur Canada

This month’s event focused on understanding the value of mentorship. To begin, we were joined by Linda Morana and Daniel Graham of Futurpreneur Canada. Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. During the event, Linda and Daniel explained the benefits of mentorship. We learned that good mentorship can build your confidence, add to your business acumen and provide you with an extended network. We also heard of the success story of Kailey Gilchrist, founder of NONA Vegan Foods Ltd. You can find out more about Futurpreneur Canada’s mentorship program and other amazing resources at

Emily starting her talk with a quick mindfulness exercise.

Emily starting her talk with a quick mindfulness exercise.

Our featured start-up story of the month was Emily Rose Antflick, the founder of Shecosystem: a co-working and wellness environment where women thrive. Her work stems from a feminine paradigm that values collaboration, emotional authenticity, and work-life integration. She is a versatile educator and program designer with rich perspectives on learning and community building. Emily also hosts weekly co-working meet ups with integrative wellness sessions. Emily began by leading the group through a breathing exercise and sharing a spoken word poem. When describing her business journey, Emily referred to it as a “seed in a dark place”, saying, “This is how most stories begin. So I let myself be in that dark place for a while and took the time to water myself with creativity and the things I liked to do.” And oh, how that seed has grown! In less than one year in business, Emily just announced that she has received the keys to her own space and is looking forward to establishing Shecosystem’s very own co-working space this fall. Until then, you can catch Shecosystem’s co-working sessions.  Her next sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd and Tuesday, August 9th at the Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar. To learn more about how you can join in visit


Our refreshments and gift bag swag. Details below. 

Our refreshments and gift bag swag. Details below. 

This event would not be all that it was without the generous support of our in-kind sponsors. I’m extremely appreciative of the gifts they’ve allowed me to pass on to you. I would like to send a special thank you to Panago Pizza for including our event in their #randomactsofpizza campaign. Panago Pizza provided delicious food that accommodated different dietary restrictions/lifestyles (including vegan ‘za). Guests were also provided with a voucher for a free Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Cookie with Caramel Dip (sweet!). Find your local Panago or order online.

When curating the gift bags, I try to find items from brands that reflect the message of Curated Life, so every item has a unique tie. I’m pleased the share this month’s gift bag reveal:

1.       Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad (provided by Sephora Canada)

 Like a true girl boss, Kat Von D has used her business acumen to take her on a journey from tattoo artist to global beauty phenomenon.  The Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad can be used to transform your eyes through the art of colour contouring. Each quad contains a base colour and additional eye shadows to define, contour and highlight the eye. The palette is available in four colours: sage, rust, plum and smoke. The quad is exclusively available at Sephora for $34CDN. 

2.       Papabubble Toronto Handmade Candies

Established in Barcelona, Papabubble is all about artistic and innovative sweets that are handmade with love. New to Toronto, this artisan delight is made right before your eyes in their downtown boutique. The candies are made using just 5 simple ingredients and can feature custom made designs for your business or special event. You can check out the Toronto boutique at or visit in-person at 3360 Yonge Street (at Melrose Ave).

3.       The Body Shop Vitamin E AquaBoost Essence Lotion (full-sized)

I love The Body Shop for so many reasons (read that post here). For one thing The Body Shop was established by OG Girl Boss, Anita Roddick, in 1976. Her vision was to use her business as a force of good – there wasn’t a name for it back then, but that business model is called “social enterprise”. This year the brand renewed this commitment by announcing their mission to “Enrich, Not Exploit,” making it one of the most recognizable and innovative conscious beauty brands. MASTERCLASS attendees received The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion, which designed to quench thirsty skin for up to 48 hours.  The formula is light weight so it absorbs easily into skin and it is made with naturally-sourced hydrauronic acid. You can layer this lotion under a cream to prepare your skin for the day. The lotion is available at The Body Shop for $20CDN or online here.

4.       Holt Renfrew H Project  x  Boxed Water

In the spring/summer issue of Curated Life magazine, we discuss the importance of shopping consciously. This is because the products you consume can have a great impact on people and planet. This is why we were so pleased to learn that Holt Renfrew’s H Project has partnered with Boxed Water to replace the plastic water bottles distributed in-store. Boxed Water has a lower carbon footprint and is 100% BPA-free.  And if you’re in the area, be sure to check out Holt Renfrew’s newest location at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The 130,000 square foot store has amazing live installations this weekend which include fashion illustrations by Monica Smiley and cold-pressed juices from Village Juicery. Holt Renfrew Square One will also offer Bespoke services that include a Leather Artisan, Nail Bar and Beauty Lab. View store address and hours here.

5.       Easy Period (info card)

Recently launched, Easy Period is a subscription service that delivers organic feminine hygiene products directly to your door (bonus: each box comes with a fair-trade chocolate bar). The company’s founder came up with the idea after wishing her tampons would magically appear at her door and never run out (don’t we all have that wish? Urgh, #lifeofagirl). But, it was after researching the nasty chemicals often found in mainstream brands, that she decided to step in by establish a company that provides healthier options to mainstream tampons and destigmatize periods; empowering women locally and abroad. Easy Period donates 5% of profits to ZanaAfrica Foundation, a non-profit that delivers pads and health education to girls in Kenya. Learn more at and be sure to look out for a feature about the company in the next issue of Curated Life magazine.

6.       Access Community Capital Fund (info card)

Access Community Capital Fund is a Canadian registered-charity that provides micro-loans up to $5000 for individuals looking to elevate their standard of living through entrepreneurship. Access Community Capital Fund has also partnered with Ignite Capital to offer an opportunity to compete for $20,000 of business funding. The competition closes on September 2, see for application details. Access Community Capital Fund can be found online at

An awesome way to end an awesome night!

An awesome way to end an awesome night!

If you missed this event, don’t worry. MASTERCLASS events are now bi-monthly.  Save the date forFriday, September 23rd ,2016.  The topic and speakers are to be announced shortly. If you’re a company interested in learning how you can sponsor an event or advertise in the magazine, feel free to email 

Until then, please enjoy a few more photos below. You can also follow @curatedlifeca and #mycuratedlife on Twitter and Instagram. 

MASTERCLASS ft. Shecosystem & Futurpreneur Canada

 Emily Rose Antflick, founder of Shecosystem

 Emily Rose Antflick, founder of Shecosystem

The MASTERCLASS is back! I’m pleased to announce that our signature event series will be returning and we will now host MASTERCLASS events in Toronto bi-monthly. We are also hoping to expand the series to other cities next year, so stay tuned!

During next week’s event you will learn about how mentorship can aide your business' success from Futurpreneur Canada mentor-in-residence, Linda Morana. Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. The organization is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Futurpreneur Canada’s mentoring program is internationally recognized and hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. To learn more about the organization see,

You will also hear the start-up story of Emily Rose Antflick, founder of Shecosystem. Emily will also share how mentorship has helped her grow her business. Emily Rose Antflick is the founder of Shecosystem: a coworking and wellness environment where women thrive. Her work stems from a feminine paradigm that values collaboration, emotional authenticity, and work-life integration. With an M.A. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Emily spent a decade teaching and creating transformative educational journeys for youth in Canada, Bali, Australia and Washington DC. She is a versatile educator and program designer with rich perspectives on learning and community building. As the founder of Shecosystem, Emily hosts workshops, meetups and events that unite the ecosystem of working women in Toronto. Stay connected as she prepares to launch a women’s coworking and wellness space this fall!

During the last portion of the event, you will spend time building a profile of your ideal mentor. The event will be held on Friday, July 29th at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $25 (plus Eventbrite fees). Admission includes refreshments, workshop supplies and a curated gift bag. There are a limited number of spots available for this exclusive event, so please register in advance here. I’ll like to send a special thanks to our in-kind sponsor, Panago Pizza, who will be providing us with a delicious supper.  Oh, and our lovely gift bags? Check out our Instagram page for a few sneak peeks. The full gift bag reveal will be posted next week. Hope to see you there!

THROWBACK: Check out the recap video of our last MASTERCLASS below.