Marcia Cardamore


Community Member & Chair of Gender Based Violence Circle, Women Moving Millions
Founder & President, PeopleSense Foundation
Founding Member, WIN (cofounded by Melinda Gates & Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Founding Member, The Match International Women’s Foundation
Canadian Women’s Foundation: Chair Education Salon Series, Advisory Granting Committees for Anti-Trafficking and Violence Prevention, Major Donors Committee
Former Chair & Advisor, the equality effect

Speaking topics: 1. Disruptive Philanthropy: How women lead the way by leveraging for systemic scalable change benefiting the lives and futures of women & girls globally.

2. Business in a Box: Social Franchising medical clinics by creating entrepreneurial opportunities for women doctors (obgyn) for reproductive, maternal and infant health while screening and treating for gender based violence; a pilot project in Central America.

3. Making legal history by funding a constitutional challenge on behalf of little girls who have been raped and denied justice in Kenya.

4. Holding ground, breaking ground…supporting innovative grassroots women’s groups in the global south.

Geographic location: Toronto & Northern Ontario Canada (the wilderness) & Santa Barbara, CA 

Willing to travel? Yes

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Recommended Fees: Available on request with all fees beyond transportation and accommodation donated back to the organization or its designated charity.

Contact Information: Please click here to contact Marcia with your request.


Marcia started working in the family business which produced UNICEF Halloween coin collection boxes and greeting cards. At age 10 she started by sweeping the floors and by age 15 was supervising staff after school and during the summers. She graduated first from Queen’s University (Psychology) and then the University of Toronto (Masters Industrial Relations majoring in management of people, processes, organization design and structure). By 31 she had three daughters, was a full time entrepreneur specializing in the building of software companies, a freelance organizational development consultant working with Fortune 500 companies and coaching executives while teaching university part time. A serial entrepreneur; working smart and building and selling several high tech businesses with her husband and business partner while raising three exceptional girls (now exceptional women). Cats, dogs, small rodents, preying mantises, cottage time, travel time but little time for volunteering let alone philanthropy. Fast forward to 2007, the kids have moved on and only the cat and dog remain and the international publicly traded enterprise software company (data replication, mining and warehousing) she helped build and manage for twelve years is sold to IBM and the “real work” begins. Embracing her feminist beliefs and learning to apply her skills, knowledge, experience and considerable funds acquired through business and academics, Marcia continues to leverage herself by making commitments based on deep engagement, focusing on systemic change for women and girls. Never casual about work (or life for that matter) and no longer referring to herself as “retired”, Marcia is selective in how and who she partners with while continuing venture investing in the hi tech space in order to fund her passion: pursuing real and lasting change that improves the lives and futures of women and girls globally.

Speaking & Panel Engagements in the last year:

Women Moving Millions Annual Summit (New York, NY)
Facebook (Palo Alto, CA)
Stanford Social Innovation Conference (Palo Alto, CA)
Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum (La Jolla, CA)

 Be sure to check out Marcia’s blog: Profit is not a dirty word here.