Experts at your Fingertips

In addition to our updated, model-free, every woman Fashion Show, we’ve put together a speaker lineup you’ll adore! NEW for 2020, we’re featuring speaker panels comprised of multiple expert speakers to discuss hot topics and answer your questions on PARENTING IT’S A BALANCING ACT and BE A BOSS OR HAVE A BOSS? THE ENTREPRENEUR HUSTLE..

And we can’t forget our always popular, often interactive, demonstrations featuring a barre demonstration, sign making, and more!

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Schedule of Events



Kate Vanderlugt is a strong, candid, no bullsh*t woman navigating entrepreneur life as a single mama alongside her two amazing little dudes.

“I take my coffee black. My wine dry. And my relationships deep and real. I’m on a mission to change the way single moms are viewed, as well as the way we view ourselves.”

Kate has a science background – yep, science! A Biomedical Science degree from UW to be specific. And after a decade of work in the Environmental Consulting industry, and a life altering separation from her ex-husband, she finally made the leap and ventured out on her own. To do what, she wasn’t quite sure. But she decided to trust the universe and quickly found her footing.

As she began sharing bits and pieces through social media her world started to shift. She realized that her ‘superpower’ was her own experience and vulnerability. She was connecting with women who were navigating the murky waters of toxic relationships and separation and divorce as well and needed someone to lean on. Someone that understood what they were going through. Someone that made them feel heard – and so, the concept for Your Own Two Feet and the #singlemotherHOOD was born.

Inside the #singlemotherHOOD community and Your Own Two Feet’s courses, Kate shares her vulnerability and strength through her own story and supports other women through theirs.


“Home is not a place, it’s a feeling” and I am here to inspire you to create it.
I’m a home decor lovin’ -deal shoppin – punista with an obsession for interior styling. I don’t follow the rules, I just follow what I love and inspire others to do the same.”


Melissa Melnychuk CHHC. is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, and is also Plant-Based Certified from Cornell University. Melissa started her practice in 2010 and has worked with women and men from all walks of life.  From those who may be on a new health journey, entrepreneurs, traveling executives, stay at home moms, former fitness competitors, athletes and more. 

The central message that Melissa shares with her tribe is that there should be a love for YOU, in any SHIFT you make. That anything you do should first be for yourself.

As a mom of 3 and former athlete Melissa understands how to balance a holistic lifestyle. Melissa went back to school in 2010, to become a holistic health coach. Her approach is gentle and looks deeper than a diet. She doesn’t believe in restrictions or limitations, but eating high-vibration foods, and being active with things you want to be doing! She now coaches everyone from stay at home moms to professional athletes.  Melissa is available for public speaking events, media appearances, product reviews, and more!


Consign Your Curves

Carlie Roberts is the Founder of Consign Your Curves. Consign Your Curves is a retail store front that is home to size 12+ consigned clothing and retails goods located in Guelph, ON. Her retail store front is the first of its kind in Canada.

Carlie’s store celebrates all curves no matter the size, and has become a destination store for all with curves from across Ontario, Nationally and even has customers from around the Globe; as curves have no boundaries!

Along side with the storefront, Carlie has hosted Canada’s Largest Consignment sale for the past 7 years! CYC will celebrate its 8th Annual event this coming Spring 2020.

Carlie believes that fashion and more over accessible fashion should be available to all. Her motto is the a ‘confidence boost is free with or without purchase in store’.


Lovely Weddings & Events

Driven and passionate, Kim Evans was the magic behind The Creative Bride, a décor/floral design company that had brought countless weddings to life since 2006. She is now driving forward with Lovely Weddings, you may be familiar with their wildly successful Pop Up Weddings in the area. She is also the Studio Manager and partner to Gary Evans Photography and together, Gary and Kim are building a successful top brand in local and international photography. In the past year, they were named #1 wedding photographer in Canada, have been published in International Magazines and will be teaching and sharing their passion at an upcoming photography conference in the US. She lives in Kitchener with her husband Gary and sons Cody and Rhys..


Bare Essentials

I was born and raised in Toronto, and lived a pretty normal, low-key life. Went to York university and earned my honours Bachelor of design after so many all nighters, and countless hours in class between YorkU and Sheridan college. I was a graphic designer working a normal 9-5 office job until June 2008 when my entire life changed one morning while out for a run. I was crossing the intersection, and I had made sure it was my green light — but the driver making a left turn wasn’t as diligent. I was hit by a car crossing the road ONE MONTH before my wedding. This one day changed my whole life. If I didn’t take the year off to recover, I never would have had the time to start my freelance design business; if I didn’t have a failing freelance design business I never would have looked for a different opportunity to supplement my income. I took a waxing course in summer of 2009 because we were sinking slowly, and I needed to help bring more money in. That’s how Bare Essentials started. Fast forward 10 years, and Bare Essentials has grown to 2 locations, multiple services, and franchising in the works. We’re the best wax bar in Kitchener-Waterloo!

While building my business, I stumbled upon Microblading back in 2016 and added it to my pile of certificates — but this became my passion, my art. That’s how I started that part of the hustle, @browsbylaurie_ .I love helping women feel confident and beautiful, because even though it’s just some cosmetic tattooing, it helps women not worry about their imperfections on their faces. If you feel good, you hold yourself a different way…like you can take on anything.



Honest Hustle

Mom, Wife, Creator, Storyteller, Motivator, Entrepreneur, Night Owl, Cookie Destroyer and a cheerleader for female entrepreneurs are a variety of words that describe Mariangelica.

 She’s the creative powerhouse behind Honest Hustle, an entrepreneur’s one stop shop for all creative services! Including Brand Design, Website Creation, Photography, Hand lettering and Custom Illustrations. She’s most known for her Brand Story Videos where the story of how a business came to be comes to life. Her storytelling magic and creative eye for videography have helped many local businesses connect to their audience in a powerful way. 

You can often find her enjoying family time with her husband and son, speed listening to audiobooks and podcasts or posting a story on Instagram at 1 in the morning because that’s when the hustle is happening! 



Big Bliss is a locally owned barre, non-heated and hot yoga studio located in the heart of downtown Kitchener. BlissBarre uses the core principles of conditioning and posture used in ballet training. Using light weights, a pilates ball, and a ballet barre to strengthen and tone your entire body. To make things fun, we’ll have you moving and grooving to a pump-up playlist the entire time.


“We are KW’s original DIY workshop! Let us teach you how to build, stain and stencil your Pinspiration. When you attend one of our workshops you’ll bring home a unique and custom finished product, that’s sure to get all your guests talking!”

Little Mushroom Catering

We make people happy with food and impress your guests by creating delicious memories. We use locally farmed ingredients (check out our Feast On Certification) to make the best from scratch food in our nut free industrial facility. From Grand Openings & Galas, to Backyard BBQs and Weddings, Choose the Experience of Little Mushroom Catering!” #MadeWithMushLove