Kinia Romanowska - founder and executive director, Pros&Babes
Kinia's love for community-building led her to found Pros&Babes in November 2017 when her first baby was a few months old. She heard moms say they missed the intellectual discussions their work provided while on mat leave and decided to change that. She is thrilled whenever a mom decides to make changes that allow her to better thrive as a mom and professional.
Julia Kurzawa, workshop facilitator
A session facilitator at Pros&Babes, Julia is passionate about health promotion, education and leadership and is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Health in Health Promotion. She has facilitated workshops and talks for parents and professionals on a wide variety of topics from stress management and mindfulness to app development and student literacy. She’s a proud auntie to seven nieces and nephews and bun-mom to two bunnies.
Johnna Lowther, director of development
Johnna is always looking for opportunities to join forces with people and projects that are putting good things out in the universe; things that offer a sense of value and purpose for someone regardless of age, culture, gender, or personal beliefs. Sound too starry-eyed for you? Well, she certainly doesn’t think so.
“There are many of us out there, and if you’re one of them, we should talk. The power that comes from collaboration for the common good can churn out some massively successful products and services,” she says.
Working in the industry of aging services for almost 20 years, and the past four in upper management, she consults in areas of product development, program management, and public engagement. She has been a speaker at both national and global trade conferences such as Missouri Healthcare Association Annual Convention and National Center for Creative Aging Global Leadership Exchange in Washington, DC.
Her joint efforts in research with the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center contributed to a publication in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and her passion for helping persons living with dementia led her to publish a book in entitled “Through the Eyes of Dementia” which won Amazon’s #1 Hot New Release award in its genre upon publication.
With two children under the age of three, she defines herself as a woman of action, unless you put a glass of good wine in hand and the perfect sunset to drink it to, in which case you’ll find her soaking up the leisure life for as long as the moment lasts.
Shirley Mayadewi, program manager and business development partner, Winnipeg
During both of her maternity leaves, Shirley missed the fulfillment that she got from working and having intellectual discussions at work, and she's heard the same thing from other moms. Shirley stumbled upon Pros&Babes Edmonton when she was looking to meet other professional career-driven moms. Unable to find a similar group in Winnipeg, she decided to launch Pros&Babes programming in the city in 2018. As an engineer, Shirley has a lot of experience in leading initiatives and bringing the right people together to collaborate and solve problems. She is very excited about building a network of like-minded moms in Winnipeg, who she believes will inspire and energize each other and grow together. Shirley is happily married with two young kids and a grumpy old cat. She loves trying new restaurants, travelling the world, and snorkelling with the ocean's wildlife (dolphins and sharks are her favourites). Contact: email@example.com