BPW London Members

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Charlene Doak-Gebauer

Charlene Doak-Gebauer


Internet Sense FirstRecognition Awards:

Bishop Townshend Award For Teaching Excellent; International Woman Of The Year Award, 2018; Nominated for an international award of excellence for first release book “Digital Sexual Victims: True Cases”.


Charlene has overcome many obstacles in her life, which is shared in her compelling presentations. She believes in turning negatives into positives for the benefit of herself and others.

In addition to creating a federal Canadian charity and a speaking team, she has researched, written a progressive Theory of Digital Supervision for online child protection, published two books, is considered an expert in her subject, travels globally to share her expertise, and leads audiences toward digital child and family protection. She is a qualified secondary school educator, Computer Specialist and Network Administrator in Education, an author, a playwright, and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

She has been keynote speaker for several conferences including Crime Stoppers, schools, teacher conferences, corporate conferences, international conferences and others; been featured on radio and television shows, presented in Canada (including Parliament Hill), the United States, Iceland, Europe, and India. Charlene has been featured as a presenter for the National Centre On Sexual Exploitation international summit on sexual exploitation, located in Washington, DC.

Her first book, "Digital Sexual Victims: True Cases", was nominated for an international award by the Delta Kappa Gamma society of educators. Her second book, “The Internet: Are Children In Charge?” was published in November 2019.

Charlene is a member of and presenter for, the Canada Peace Research Association, Member of the International Internet Society.

Sharing Skills

Skills to Share: Computer Specialist In Education, Network Administrator, and Web Master; Registered Holistic Nutritionist; Certified Secondary School Educator; Author; Playwright.

Favourite Words of Wisdom: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Member Profiles

Speaker Series Program

BPW London Speaker Series
concentrates on one or more of BPW's four cornerstones.

  • BPW London meets the third Tuesday of each month, September to June 

  • In July and August, we may host casual get-togethers. 

Speaker Series Questions

Celebrating BPW Milestones

Why Join BPW?

Joined BPWL - 2017

I first came to BPW as a newcomer to London, looking to expand my network and become involved in the community. What I found is an amazing group of diverse, supportive, amazing women all looking to make a difference in the lives of other women at local, national and international levels. I look forward to our meetings every month and always leave feeling part of something much bigger. 

Joined BPWL - 2012

"I belong to several business and networking groups but I particularly enjoy BPW as the members are diverse, approachable and supportive with a common shared interest in women’s issues."

Joined BPWL - 1987

"BPW has opened the door to numerous opportunities to expand my horizons and grow as a person and a respected leader. It has allowed me to express my concerns for the oppression of women through resolutions and meetings with government. It has expanded my experiences through attending international meetings and participation at the United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Most important it has been my vehicle for many lasting friendships." 

Joined BPWL - 2001

Having been a member of BPW London for many years now, I continue with my involvement because BPW gives me opportunities at many different levels: I can attend conferences and conventions at places across the country, I can connect with women across the country, I can be involved in various aspects of club governance, I can learn about so many different initiatives for women, and best of all, I can do all this in London as well. Our organization, locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, is made up of so many diverse women at various stages in their life journey, and we are all willing to share and live our experiences together.

Joined BPWL - 2010

"BPW has gone beyond my expectations.  When I was newcomer to the city and becoming an entrepreneur, I wanted more than a networking group.  I wanted to be part of a group of dynamic women that made a difference in the lives of other women.  Since joining I have experienced personal growth, business support and friendship."

Joined BPWL - 2014

"I immediately felt at home from the first meeting I attended. BPW drew me in, giving me the opportunity to quickly become socialized, valued, and a loyal member. I love being part of a community of such diverse, passionate, energetic and interesting women!"

Joined BPWL - 1999

"What I like about BPW is that it's so much more  a networking group. Along with the networking, I have supported advocacy on behalf of women, learned a lot  and made friends in my own community, across Canada and internationally."

Joined BPWL - 2009

"As a small business owner working form home I have enjoyed the social aspect of BPW.  I have learned new skills through interactions with other BPW members.  BPW has also opened my eyes to the importance of advocacy for women.  I have made long lasting friendships and business connections."

Joined BPWL - 1995

"As a long time member I can't say enough good things about BPW. BPW members have helped me to be more confident, assertive, and not afraid to try new things. By taking on different Board and Committee positions you learn many transferable skills, all at your own pace and preference. BPW Ontario and Canada both offer a line of training modules on a variety of personal development skills. Your world will open up as you become exposed to issues, ideas and many different presentations facilitated by knowledgeable speakers. I love the fact we have a National Convention and an International Congress. I enjoy the opportunity to travel and have made many long distant friends. I would recommend joining BPW to any woman, who wants to widen her horizons, she will not be disappointed."

Joined BPWL - 1996

BPW is a wonderful organization that helps empower women to achieve their goals as well as help their fellow sisters. Through my membership I have learned valuable skills, met inspiring women, and gained amazing friends. Being a BPW member allows women to gain many new opportunities in the community and beyond. I would recommend BPW to any aspiring young businesswoman.

Joined BPWL - 1987

"I joined the BPW London in the 80's as I began my career as a Financial Planner and have been very proud to be part of this amazing Club.  I have sat on the local Board and sat as the local representative on the Ontario Board.  Being part of this Association has enabled me to learn information/details of the diverse careers of the many members.  It has also gained me many friends and associates over these many years.  I support the political action of this Club locally, provincially, federally and internationally.  We still have not achieved women's rights for all and need to continue to work towards that goal.  Please consider joining and adding your name to Women's Rights."

Joined BPWL - 2001

"I joined BPW London during a work transition time and found encouragement in hearing stories from other women about their employment changes.  BPW’s mandate is friendship, growth, encouragement, and assistance – I have found all these from the women I met who are now my friends."