Women Inspiring Women: Monica LaBarge

This month, we’ll be hearing from inspiring women in our network and sharing their stories. We’re passionate about supporting women, especially in their health and wellness journeys. Read on to get top tips for living, working, and playing optimally from women trailblazers.


Profile: Monica LaBarge

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a marketing professor at Queen’s University.

What do you consider as your biggest achievement?

I’ve qualified for and completed the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii – twice!

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Find something that makes you want to get up every day – that will help you get through the (normal) highs and lows of life.

How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?

Move my body every day – swim, run, bike, do weights or Pilates, ski, snowshoe or even go for a walk.

What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?

Hanging out and hugging my hilarious two little boys – laughter goes a long way to helping relieve the weight of stress.

What are your top health hacks?

Plan it – make physical activity a scheduled part of your day that you tell yourself you can’t cancel. Morning is the best time for me – because what else are you going to do at 6am?

How do you ensure your personal and/or family’s financial wellness?

Have a great partner who manages our family budget! He’s made me more conscious of how I spend my money, which is tremendously important in staying in control of your financial wellness.

What’s your favorite fun activity?

Swimming in open water – Lake Ontario can be super flat and calm and crazy rolling, you just never know!

Who are your female role models and why?

Melinda Gates – she pushes hard for women’s rights around the world, and does the hard work to determine where her philanthropy will do the most good.


This month, we’re sharing inspiring women’s stories. Who inspires you? Leave their name and social media link in the comments below!

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