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what clients are saying

  • David J. Miller
    "Suzanne Stevens is a most captivating and capable business trainer and motivational speaker Suzanne is tuned to her audience, and provides exactly what is required to bring home the critical behaviour or objective.”
    David J. Miller President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada
  • Lois Shaw
    "We have often had guest lecturers and speakers visit our international college from all over the world.  The unique thing about Suzanne was her innate ability to quickly identify how a particular community works, figure out how to craft communication to be effective in that context and then show students how to use those skills.”
    Lois Shaw Africa International University (AIU) Kenya
  • Nancy Forrester
    "Suzanne herself is an excellent role model for other women and the session was a big hit!  Her presentation was engaging and the content was interesting, relevant and thought-provoking."
    Nancy Forrester Manager, IT – ERP & BW Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) Canada
  • Robert Roy
    “Suzanne is top notch! She knows her stuff inside out. It was a pleasure to learn from her.”
    Robert Roy Account Executive Astral Media Radio, Canada
  • Elisa Schupp, Vice-President,
    “I had the pleasure of hearing Suzanne Stevens speak at a CNW Group internal conference and recently at IABC luncheon. On both occasions, Suzanne inspired the audience to think, while engaging us in a conversation. Her highly dynamic style, flow and information all contribute to bringing the audience to the desired goal.  People leave with clear actions to take that will impact our personal and business life.”
    Elisa Schupp, Vice-President, Canada Newswire
  •  Tariro Nhongo
    "I would like to thank you so much, because this process helped me to understand that I am not a victim, that I really have control and I have a role to play in what happens in my life. You truly are a blessing, and I can see that this is more than just work to you but a passion. I hope you will be blessed as you continue to impact lives, and I pray for you that more doors open so that you can impact many more lives, especially African women and youth."
    Tariro Nhongo CEO, ZINAHCO, Zimbabwe
  • Susan Hermann
    "Suzanne ensures the audience is following her and circles back if not until they do.  She is riveting.  I have spent full days in training with her and she has had my complete focus the whole time.  She is amazing at staying on time even when timing problems are thrown at her at the last minute.  She is very entertaining in a professional way and makes it fun and safe to learn and try new things with her.  Even when giving constructive criticism you still feel good about yourself.  Her energy never waivers and is contagious.  I have seen many speakers and she is flawless."
    Susan Hermann Regional Vice President, Desjardins Financial Security Life Insurance Company
  • Lia Karlos
    “On behalf of the management team at the Canada Revenue Agency, we wish to thank you for your presentation! The feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive.  Your ability to shed new light on techniques and methods needed to communicate effectively with staff was refreshing and insightful.  The audience was engaged and enjoyed the interactive nature of your presentation, “The Art of Influence”.   We appreciate the high degree of professionalism you exhibited.”
    Lia Karlos Manger, Canadian Revenue Agency, Canada
  • Victoria Sanjana
    “Suzanne Stevens invested a lot of time understanding our business and the unique challenges we face, before she began designing our training day.  Her preparation, excellent knowledge base, and well-honed communication and presentation skills made the day everything we had hoped for – and more! If you are looking for enlightening, relevant and engaging training I would highly recommend Ignite Excellence.”
    Victoria Sanjana Director of Finance and Administration, JAZZ.FM91, Canada
  • Lynn Nicolai, ACPC, PCC
    "Suzanne is a pro who delivers results. I had a team that needed to improve their sales presentation skills but were cynical when it came to investing money in any learning initiative. They thought most training was a waste of time and that the company’s seasoned sales force wouldn’t value nor invest time in a workshop. Despite this resistance, Suzanne was able to turn their views around and get them excited to participate. They not only went through the first session but signed up for the second part of the program. To this day, employees remember her program and the immense value they received based on Suzanne’s approach and content."
    Lynn Nicolai, ACPC, PCC HR Director, Desjardins Financial Security Life Insurance Company
  • Thandi Nkomo
    "I was inspired by the training on Leadership and Communications; it gave me tools for creating deeper understanding and building of relationships with various stakeholders. It also aided me to understand my leadership style and to always keep in mind that “it is all about the stakeholder with me in mind”. Well done Suzanne, you pushed me and the rest of us out of our comfort zone yet remained supportive throughout the training!"
    Thandi Nkomo Education Program Officer, Rooftops Canada

what colleagues are saying

  • Elaine Froese
    “Suzanne F. Stevens is passionate about people being recognized for their contributions to the well-being of the team. Her character is inclusive and affirming. She is conscious about the language she chooses to create a safe environment that builds trust and appreciation of the strengths of the team. Suzanne is willing to see both sides of an issue and work collaboratively. I highly recommend her approach."
    Elaine Froese Farm Family Coach and Professional Speaker, Canada
  • Jennifer Spear
    "You give Gratitude like no one else that I know. Your message is always so thoughtful, personal and meaningful.  I appreciate YOU."
    Jennifer Spear Unscripted, Canada
  • Lydia Muso
    "Suzanne is a good person because she likes everybody and she is a well-wisher and promotes people from the bottom and puts them high up in the sky. I strongly recommend her."
    Lydia Muso Founder, Lesotho Child Counselling Unit
  • Michelle Ray, CSP
    "Suzanne visualized her Ignite Excellence Conference being an outstanding success, and her goal was fully realized with an amazing array of speakers and entertainers, all participating to support her Foundation. It was a pleasure being part of her event. Suzanne is a highly accomplished business owner whose heart is truly in the right place. She inspires excellence and demonstrates the power of philanthropy that is all too rare amongst her peers. We can all learn from Suzanne's vision for a better world. I am proud to know her and highly recommend her as a colleague and friend."
    Michelle Ray, CSP Leadership Expert and Consultant

Suzanne Stevens, Michael Gingerichour story

January 20, 2007, eighteen Canadian women arrived in Kenya. On our first day at African International University we attended a welcome ceremony. Our host, Lois Shaw, an American missionary, the late Dr. Douglas Carew, the Chairman of the Africa International University, along with a dozen wives of PhD students gathered in the chapel.

At the welcome ceremony, Dr. Carew shared what he believed to be the biggest issues in Africa. “The biggest problem in Africa today,” he said, “is not AIDS, poverty, disease, education, or urbanization; the biggest problem is leadership. When moral leaders with integrity and justice arise, then Africa's problems will be solved.”

Within a month after receiving this reflective message I was training a professor, PhD students, and ambitious women on how to fundraise and communicate as leaders. A few short months later, I founded the Ignite Excellence Foundation fund, (renamed in 2016 to YouMeWe Foundation Fund), with the goal to raise funds to provide tertiary education scholarships for prospective women leaders in developing countries. The goal is to create more leaders with integrity, while addressing injustices suffered by women and children in developing countries.

After returning to my influential communication sales and leadership training organization, Ignite Excellence Inc., back in Toronto, Canada, I couldn’t kick a nagging feeling. By offering free training to the students and professors at African International University, was I taking a much needed African person’s job? Was there an expert in influence in Kenya or surrounding area who could have been paid to provide training services?

A couple years later I became very unsettled. Leading a team of consultants and training corporations whose primary focus was to win business to optimize profits was not filling my soul. The recession also kicked in, which lead me to work in industries that may have filled my bank, but not my ambition. I craved to immerse myself into an experience that was more fulfilling than seeking the mighty dollar and more significant than my professional achievements.

I remember sitting on my couch, looking at all my stuff, and contemplating: “What contribution was I really making? What impact was I really creating?”

I wanted to do something bold.  I need something that would stimulate a trajectory to something that would instil more meaning in my life.  I spoke with my husband (Micheal K. Gingerich) with the pleading eyes of a wife, “Let’s take one, two or three years and go back to Africa. We could create a platform for African women with integrity to share their insight to educate future African women leaders.”

“What do you think?”

Mike hesitated for what seemed like a lifetime, and then smiled,

“You know, you will have to take the lead...but I will follow.” (Music to a woman's ears.)

It took time for us to get organized. Mike left his leadership position and I reorganized my training team. Then we sold almost everything.

In March 2010, we were ready to start our adventure of a lifetime. We embarked on a journey with a mission, which was to create an initiative that would cultivate, celebrate and inspire future leaders in emerging countries. My passion leads us to interview pioneering women in countries within Africa for WisdomExchangeTv.com. The unsung heroines who were, and in many cases still are, suppressed; whose voices needed to be amplified. The uncelebrated mentors, for the future African women leaders. A bridge over the chasm needed to be built, from African young women seeking to learn, lead and succeed in life, business, and community to easy access to African women’s inspiration and wisdom.

Our strategy was to create a website where we interviewed pioneering African women leaders who would inspire and educate future African women leaders - WisdomExchangeTV.com.

After interviewing over seventy pioneering African women from nineteen countries, we were awe-inspiring.

Each of these pioneers demonstrated perseverance, tenacity, belief, and unwavering dedication to uplift the lives of others through their contributions to their community, country and continent. Most of these women came from very humble beginnings, and yet they were rich in an ability to address a human rights violation or creating sustainable opportunities for fellow citizens all while creating a ripple effect. Their aspirations are realized because of their courage, their character, and their choice to serve society.

We felt humbled next to these pioneering women. I questioned, what had taken me so long to actively contribute? All I can come up with is, in the West, we often talk about leaving a legacy; that is something we think about doing later in life. African women live their legacy; it is a philosophy of how they live their life. These women are on the propitious of transforming African societies – because they make their contribution count - everyday.

YouMeWe was a website that started as nothing more than Mike and my attempt to share our experiences on our twenty-month journey through Africa. With each interaction on our African journey, our perspective, and beliefs were transformed. The focus on ‘Me’ evolved. ‘You’ and ‘We’ captured our curiosity and took us on a unique adventure, which developed the intention of YouMeWe, from a journal of our journey to a social enterprise. Its new mandate is to focus on igniting consistent conscious contributions™, in which individuals and organizations are made aware and are inspired how to contribute to fill a gap in society, and ensure their intentions are having a positive impact long-term.

Through creating awareness of YouMeWe social enterprise, it will morph into a movement where social enterTIAW Awards Suzanne F Stevens Michael K Gingerich TIAW prises and organizations that adhere to the manifesto of YouMeWe are celebrated.  The intention is to inspire citizens to shift the focus from ‘Me’ to ‘We’, consciously.   Through this lens, we hope to inspire you with insights and tools on how to contribute to your organization, community, country, or beyond while creating a positive ripple effect. On this journey of optimizing your impact, you will also live your most meaningful life.

The goal of the YouMeWe mindset is to raise consciousness and inspire individuals and organizations to lead or participate in contributions that positively impact their community, country, or beyond long-term, promoting a more caring and more inclusive human race. Please join us on this journey of YouMeWe.

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