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Sharla Brown is a Canadian social entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian who has been passionate about entrepreneurship, leadership and social issues her entire life. In the last 10 years Sharla has received 13 business and social impact awards, including the international WEF Iconic Women in Social Enterprise Award in 2016, the 2019 Ruby Award from Soroptimist International of Central Alberta, a nomination for the Ontario Premier’s Award in 2017, and most recently a nomination for philanthropy by the Toronto Waterfront Women’s Awards.
For more than 20 years, through her entrepreneurial endeavours, Sharla has supported numerous community organizations. As the president of her event management company Keynote Events, she has created and executed more than 200 events and contributed more than 1.5 million dollars to various community and international charities in the last 7 years.
Sharla mentors, teaches and inspires other women to embrace their leadership potential and entrepreneurial spirit. She empowers those around her to use their gifts to create a purpose-driven life doing what they love because she believes that each person’s gifts are like pebbles they can toss into the water, creating ripples that positively impact the world around them.
In 2015, Sharla travelled to Ecuador with Me to WE, and a world-changing ripple effect began through her creation of One Woman and One Girl. These global social enterprises are on a mission to help women and girls around the globe live their dreams and reach their full potential through education, skills development and entrepreneurship.
Sharla has created over 100 One Woman Fearless events in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Her vision has ignited a ripple that has turned into an international wave of empowerment for thousands of women and girls around the globe.
Kisaruni Secondary School for Girls
WE believes that investing in the education of girls is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Yet girls lack the opportunity to go beyond primary education because of domestic obligations, family finances, early marriage and inadequate access to secondary schools. While primary education in Kenya is free, secondary education remains incredibly costly and largely out of reach for young people in the communities that WE works with.
Studies suggest that when girls are educated at the secondary level, there is a positive, long-term impact, not only for the girl, but for her family and the community. In order to educate and empower girls graduating from primary school, WE opened Kisaruni Secondary School in 2011, which now has two campuses: Milimani and Oleleshwa.
Kisaruni is a place where the self-esteem of girls flourishes and they become empowered to lead with confidence. Kisaruni encourages students to build on their skills, work towards their goals and be active participants in their education. While the school follows Kenya’s national curriculum, WE also offers students unique lessons that promote a strong sense of community leadership and teach the girls new skills while maintaining their strong sense of culture.