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Courtesy of the Vancouver Sun

When Bridgitte Alomes moved to Vancouver from Australia about 12 years ago, she began a thriving career developing marketing strategy software for various global corporations.

At one point, she was the youngest director and the only female on a corporate team. “That was interesting,” she said with a laugh.

“Being a decision-maker in a male-dominated industry was definitely difficult.” However, she said, it provided her with an incredible amount of learning and strengthened her as a human being, preparing her to join the growing ranks of female entrepreneurs who are leaving the corporate trenches to strike out on their own.

In 2006, she veered off in a brand new direction, co-founding Natural Pod, which designs natural play spaces, furniture and toys suitable for child-care centres, preschools, kindergartens, community centres and children’s hospices.

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