Ep.85 | Raising and inspiring the next generation of women is more important now than ever. In this episode, Kalli chats with Skylar Gerard and Talitha McCloskey, two of the co-creators of RaiseHER Community, a for-impact business that’s working to raise the next wave of female leaders.
SKYLAR GERARD (SHE/HER) — CO-FOUNDER
Skylar (she/her) considers herself a multi- passionate power planner + lover of inspirational books, Kate Spade, travelling, wine + cats. She currently spends her days raising her toddler, Eden, and newborn, Tobias, + her nights reading her latest book club book + coming up with BIG ideas for RaiseHER Community. She developed her love of building relationships + leading others throughout her career as a Marketing Manager, over ten years working in retail + multiple years volunteering on various community event committees + non-profit boards for organizations including Saskatchewan Fashion Week, YWCA Regina, Dress for Success and Regina Transition House. In both her professional + personal life, she has come to experience the power of the proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
TALITHA MCCLOSKEY (SHE/HER) — CO-FOUNDER
Talitha (she/her) is passionate about building relationships + supporting others. She’s a cheerleader for everyone’s hopes and dreams, + makes it a mission to support everyone she can. Talitha wears many hats—as Co-Founder of RaiseHER Community, as Manager of Communications + Public Relations for the College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan, as Freelance Writer with Nova Creative Co., as a board + committee member for community organizations including the YWCA + SYPE, as a Masters student, + as mama to Haven, her son, partner to Mitch + friend to many. Talitha likes to refer to herself as a relationship broker through her many community roles. She’s passionate about people + the pursuit of making the world a better place. Raised to stand up for + with those who need it most, Talitha knows there’s an opportunity to create + shape a community of women dedicated to supporting one another.
Other co-founders: Gwen Keith (Skylar’s mom) and Dr. Marlene Smadu (Talitha’s mom)
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