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The Empowered Women Circles team share

the vision of a better future for professional women.

We're driven by the mission that there is a better way for organizations to support their female workforce—allowing for greater collaboration between professional women and a higher return on investment for companies.


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Catherine Hansen, MD

Founder, CEO

Practicing medicine in Canada and the U.S. while supporting an astronaut husband and 3 dynamic teens has catalyzed Dr. Hansen’s expansion from a beige office with stirrups to an expansive on-line global learning community of powerful and rising professional mid-life women.


The EWC was founded in 2017 after a conversation with her husband highlighted the essential role that women play as the rock and foundation upon which families, communities, corporate teams and a more humane world are built. It became immediately obvious that a 15-minute clinical visit was not what women truly needed to play their biggest game in a world that increasingly needs their feminine leadership. While pap tests and pelvic exams are (very) important, magnifying a women’s collective brilliance has become Dr. Hansen’s true life’s passion.

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Barbara Frensel

VP of Business Development

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Milisa Burns

Director of Learning, Development & Culture

I catalyze depleted but determined professional women (mainly physicians, lawyers and academics) to replenish and reconnect with their courage and their sense of purpose. From there, my clients continue to expand into their own unique way of leading and do their part in healing themselves, their families and our world.


I’m my own longest-standing client. I started out as a corporate and in-house lawyer. But when I began having children with my law school sweetheart, I turned away from the corporate world because I couldn’t see how I would “have it all”. I wish I’d had a coach, but I didn’t even know there was such a profession. In 2005, after much soul-searching, I reinvented myself as a certified transformational coach and later, as a certified transformational facilitator, leader as well as a speaker and blogger.

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Migdalia Hernandez

Project & Operations Manager

Migdalia specializes in operations management and is responsible for project development and the micro/macro operations for the EWC Leadership team and clients.

Along with managing the day-to-day operations and administrative functions of the firm, she is also heavily involved in implementing communication & marketing strategy through CRM, CMS, and LMS platforms.


Migdalia is a powerful force in the workplace and exemplifies the EWC’s values of collaboration, respect and positivity, all of which encourages the EWC Team to succeed. She is inspired daily to make the workplace & world and more empowering place for marginalized communities. In her spare time, Migdalia loves to read historical non-fiction and go on adventures with her 6-year-old Husky-Lab mix, Kane

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