Welcome to ENGINES! Our writers and artful co-conspirators of inspiration have gathered a diverse collection of female-centric stories about women engineering new ideas, discourse, machinery and leadership, all in the name of progress.
Great thanks to our featured engine of change, the renown Cristina Mittermeier. As a celebrated National Geographic photographer and environmental activist, her storied pictures advocate for the protection of Indigenous peoples and lifting the voices of women and girls. Global artist and WS Art Ambassador, Arica Hilton shares her captivating story.
As always, this volume includes women in the past and present forging progress. We salute women behind the wheel, plumbing futures in the trade industry and re-imagining industrial design. We congratulate peacemakers building global bridges and ending human trafficking. The impressive list continues, with an innovative Fintech CEO, an intuitive coach, a botanical entrepreneur and an artist of cakes.
In this issue also welcomes exciting new contributors, that join financial literacy expert and CEO, Tuula Jalasjaa – the founder of Canada’s first online investment platform. Our expansion includes Shermin Kruse, a TedTalk producer offering advice on strategic business leadership and innovation, as well as the dynamic duo of Jillian Maas Backman and Jan Belgin, who share interactive tools and resources to improve leadership and the decision-making process.
Our first guest writer for WS Cares is Cathy Matthews. We offer our sincere thanks to Cathy, who is one of three generations of women fighting deforestation with a unique global initiative, TreesCO2. WS will donate 20% of proceeds from this issue to their nonprofit and could not be more grateful to Cathy, her mother Kae, and twin daughters Kaitlin and Lauren for their legacy of courage, conservation, and commitment.
Thanks for supporting our mission to share the history of women forging change and I pray we never forget we are the change we seek. So let’s get to it, knowing there’s no time to waste.