A Walk Through of Soaring Auras

2019 Soaring Auras Speakers

Mary Hawk

Founder & CEO, Sheen for She Foundation

Mary Hawk is an outspoken and young visionary. She is a writer, activist, sport, and speaker at Plan International's Because I am a Girl Speaker's Bureau. Mary advocates for gender equality, women's rights, and the dignifying process of healing united with self-care. She feels proud of the courageous women Sheen for She represents and hopes they will speak up for many more like them.

In 2018, Mary won the Recognition of Glendon College for demonstrating outstanding leadership within and outside the Glendon Community. She achieved Silver towards her Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2019. Mary is currently completing her undergraduate honors degree in Psychology & Political Science at Glendon. This year, she is designing a research project to uncover the influence of self-care on the performance of women in various settings.

Sophia Hawk

Founder & Managing Director, Sheen for She Foundation

Sophia has a charismatic personality with multiple aptitudes. She is an entrepreneur, cosmetologist, humanist, activist, and sociologist.
As a skin care specialist and image consultant, she made a commitment to help women look their best. However, that was not the ultimate goal of her life that she desired to achieve. She always aspires to bring her talent to those who deserve it the most and understands that one moment of care can change their whole life.

Coming from a disruptive background, she is vigilant towards the plights and dilemma of women facing abuse, inequalities, and suffering from a lost grasp on life and after losing their charm, underestimating their self-worth. She recognizes that millions of females take care of everyone at the expense of themselves but live with an undisclosed and strong desire to have a momentous change in their lives.

Brandi Leifso

Founder & CEO, Evio

Brandi Leifso is the CEO and founder of Evio Beauty Group. At the age of 21, Leifso was living in a women's shelter where she founded the concept for Evio Beauty. Evio Beauty believes in connecting people through beauty, its cosmetics and skincare line is affordable, inclusive, vegan and cruelty free. Evio’s mission is to create a more conscious future with products that are good for your skin, using sustainable ingredients and packaging that leaves less of an imprint on our planet and our community.

Leifso secured a spot as a 2018 alumni member of the esteemed Sephora Accelerate program and was selected as one of Chatelaine Magazine's 2018 Women of the Year. In 2019, Leifo spoke at Forbes Under 30’s first-ever Global Women Summit in Israel, Cosmetic Executive Women’s Future of Cannabis in Beauty in Los Angeles and the CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum in Toronto, among others.

Professor Maja

Sociologist & Author

Professor Maja is a sociologist, author, regular guest expert on CTV’s The Social, and a TEDx speaker. She is an apology-hater, confidence-builder and recovering make-up addict. She also hates the word humble.

To deal with the lack of confidence and incessant apologies she witnessed daily, Prof. Maja authored two books (“Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing...and other career mistakes women make” and “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing, THE WORKBOOK”.)

Professor Maja runs a leadership organization that trains women to improve their confidence, communication, and mindset. Maja also speaks to women of all ages on topics such as: confidence, perfectionism, people-pleasing, imposter syndrome, time-management, and body positivity.

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