HER TEAM

 
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Meet Our Founders

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ARABI SIVA

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY

Arabi SIVA

Arabi is a marketer by trade, adores her full-time career in adding the sass to SaaS (software-as-a-service) at one of Toronto’s hottest startups. She’s passionate about continuous learning, and solving modern-day issues through the power of connection, technology, and marketing for a cause.

They say curiosity killed the cat, but it definitely killed her inbox as she’s subscribed to dozens of newsletters, courses, and podcasts about women’s issues, design thinking, strategic operations, productivity, and building a life and career that you’ll love.

Arabi is a strong proponent for driving social change, and doing so within our own means. That’s what lead her to build the behind-the-scenes strategy at HER Summit — a movement to empower women to own every area of their life, and love the heck out of it. No shame, no barriers. Because we deserve it. Arabi is a total foodie, travel junkie, and tasting her favourite selection of cider. You can find her on the dance floor, doing absolutely nothing with her friends, cracking really bad jokes (totally subjective), and binging on the latest Netflix series. You, anyone? LinkedIn / Instagram / Email

##Arabi is a marketer by trade, adores her full-time career in adding the sass to SaaS (software-as-a-service) at one of Toronto’s hottest startups. She’s passionate about continuous learning, and solving modern-day issues through the power of connection, technology, and marketing for a cause.

They say curiosity killed the cat, but it definitely killed her inbox as she’s subscribed to dozens of newsletters, courses, and podcasts about women’s issues, design thinking, strategic operations, productivity, and building a life and career that you’ll love.

Arabi is a strong proponent for driving social change, and doing so within our own means. That’s what lead her to build the behind-the-scenes strategy at HER Summit — a movement to empower women to own every area of their life, and love the heck out of it. No shame, no barriers. Because we deserve it. Arabi is a total foodie, travel junkie, and tasting her favourite selection of cider. You can find her on the dance floor, doing absolutely nothing with her friends, cracking really bad jokes (totally subjective), and binging on the latest Netflix series. You, anyone?
LinkedIn / Instagram / Email

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ALICIA ROBERTS

LEAD EVENT PLANNER

Destinee “Alicia” Roberts is a innovative and driven Events Manager new to Toronto’s Industry. She is a natural entertainer and social butterfly; known among her peers to lead with positivity, grit, and solid communication.

Building on 10+ years from the Hospitality Industry Alicia pursued a post graduate diploma in Event Management. Upon graduation, she volunteered with various not-for-profit organizations and events like Action Action Hunger, Re -Think Breast Cancer, and Canadian Music Week.

Her love for the Arts and Entertainment industry was nurtured by her role as the Events Coordinator for Manifesto’s monthly dance party HIGH POWER, along with a number of other festival events. Shortly after, Alicia landed a critical role as the Assistant Manager of Events for Daniels Spectrum where she served over 100+ community and corporate clients.

Today, Alicia is a freelance Events Manager working with brands and organizations like HER Summit, Solidarity In Sound and Dudebox to curate experiences that shift the culture forward in a positive and entertaining way.

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ZARA BAIG

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

As HER’s Director of Finance, Zara Baig does more than just drool over numbers. She creates and maintains budgets, generates financial reports for internal and external stakeholders, and establishes our key financial strategy. When she isn’t working you can find her sharing a raw look into her life on Instagram, reading quietly in bed, and singing at the top of her lungs while driving. She is super excited to be partnering with HER as it aligns with her personal beliefs and vision to rally, rise, and rule. She took on this event to connect with women who are inspirational and empowering to help guide her journey to healing.

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KAITLYN EDIE

STAGE MANAGER

Kaitlyn is on a mission to innovate expression in the world. She’s excited to partner with HER summit as the stage manager and support world class speakers in contributing their stories to empower our community. The ethos of HER summit directly aligns with Kaitlyn’s commitment to taking action and building the best version of the future. She is currently creating a custom clothing line for achievers, creators, and dreamers who show up differently to create an impact. The brand is curated to celebrate people, create unity, and honor individuality. Kaitlyn is a neuroscience nerd with a passion for post it notes who attributes any achievements to the power of caffeine.

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JULIA RODRIGUES

LEAD EVENT PLANNER & DESIGNER

Whether its dreaming up an exciting event idea or planning for a fun lesson as a teacher candidate at York University Julia is constantly pushing her creativity to the next level. When she’s not teaching kids or planning events Julia can be found looking for the absolute best places to eat whether that be in Toronto or another city all together. You can follow along with all her (and her blogging bestie’s) foodie adventures at https://capitalcafes.wordpress.com which will be turning four years old this upcoming May!

Julia is very excited to take part of her summit and hopes that the experience will help her to develop inspiring talks for the next generation of women that she would like to start hosting in schools.

“I’d love to create something that helps young girls begin to have this realization of the amazing things they can achieve and the community of strong females they are apart of before they even begin to enter the world as independent young women.”

LYAN KHAZANCHI

DIRECTOR OF PR & MEDIA RELATIONS

##Lyan is an innovator, book-lover, culture-aholic, wanderlust-er residing in Toronto. She’s a communications professional, in the practice for over 7 years. Her focus within the field is on Media Relations, PR, writing and strategy. She’s currently a Communications Manager in the financial district, and provides freelance communications and digital marketing consulting services to organizations and brands. Within HER, Lyan is the Director of Media Relations & PR. She’s an advocate for all things women related, with a strong passion for women in leadership and visible minorities - a lifelong inclusion and diversity promoter. A strong believer in women supporting women, and a pusher for positive change. Growing up with several conflicting political climates and political instability, you can always find her championing and shedding light about Middle Eastern beauty and seeing it through a different lens. Leisurely, Lyan loves to write (blog: lyanwrites.com), photography, practicing mindfulness, exploring Toronto’s food scene and travelling the world! You can find her on Instagram @lyank and on LinkedIn.


For media inquiries, feel free to reach out - lyan@hersummit.ca

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NADIA RASSOUL

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA & BRAND COMMUNICATIONS

Nadia Rassoul is the founder and CEO of Noomi - a lifestyle brand created to inspire and capture uniqueness. She is also working in various companies across the city in the digital marketing field. When she's not managing her entrepreneurial duties, she invests her time in pursuing her passions; travel, fashion, photography. Part of Nadia's core values are women empowerment and supporting local businesses. Nadia also has a blog LifewithNadia; a space full of positivity with the purpose of supporting one another and inspiring others to achieve their dreams. Combining her Masters in Digital Media and Bachelors in Business Management as well as playing a key role in several organizations, Nadia brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to HER Summit with the role of Director of Social Media and Brand Communications. She's excited to be part of the movement and provide amazing experiences for women who want to make a mark in the world.
You can find her on her Instagram @nadiarassoul_  and reach out to her on her email.

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SHELIZA LALLANI

SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

A nature-lover at heart, Sheliza makes her green in the concrete jungle from a position within Corporate Compliance; however, as her life in Toronto has continued to evolve, so too has her artistic passion for content creation.

To indulge in her right-brain thinking abilities, Sheliza is on her way to launching a lifestyle blog (www.sheliza.ca) as a way to share her innermost musings whether it be related to travel, style, or wellness. Outside of her 9-to-5 and 5-to-9, Sheliza makes time to read books on spirituality, challenge her body at the gym, and create life-long memories with family & friends. Her appreciation for diverse cuisines, music genres, and cultures propel her dreams of traveling the world with her husband.

The determination and enthusiasm of the people she surrounds herself with serve as a constant source of energy and inspiration. She expresses feelings of gratitude regularly, not only for her motivating surroundings, but for the opportunity to be a part of a network of such tenacious and talented women! Readying herself to rally, rise, and rule is proving to be her most rewarding endeavour yet.

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JENNIFER HUYNH

BRAND STRATEGIST & PRODUCT DEVELOPER

Jen creates HER branded products for the HER Summit as the Lead Product Developer.

Jen believes that women have powerful stories to share that can inspire, offer support, and empower. She’s excited to create products that represent women and their powerful stories.

When she’s not creating products for HER, you can find her creating and buying products for Canadian retailers.







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RAQUIYA AUSTIN

DIRECTOR OF CONTENT & LEGAL AFFAIRS

##Firecracker, Fashionista, & Solopreneur--Raquiya is a fly legal eagle and our Director of Content & Legal Affairs for Her Summit 2019.  Ever since the age of six, Raquiya knew that she was going to be a lawyer. She made it her personal mission to achieve her goal. She graduated law school in 2015 and secured an articling position at a top tier law firm in Toronto. She was subsequently called to the Ontario Bar in 2016.  As a fierce girl-boss, she started her own successful legal practice, focusing on the areas of business, entertainment and intellectual property law. As a serial entrepreneur, Raquiya enjoys spending her free time working on her many side hustles. She’s a freelance writer for various print and digital publications including her own blog, RaquiyaGrace.com! She’s also appeared on TCN Network as a legal commentator.  When she finally decides to take a break, you can catch her on a flight heading somewhere warm!!! You can find her on Instagram @raquiyagrace or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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SHARADHA RAMJIT

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Fusing together a natural creative drive and a strong background in production, Sharadha has been producing content that has captivated audiences from all over. Her work includes a wide slate of projects, ranging from documentaries, concert specials and podcasts to reality TV, kids animated television and more.

Whether it’s designs for her sewing blog, www.SweetShard.com or overseeing Production and Operations at HER, Sharadha is able to visualize concepts and execute with accuracy. She’s able to breathe fresh perspectives into various forms of media to ensure their success and navigates creative desires and production logistics with ease.

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REBECCA HEATON

LEAD CONTENT WRITER

Rebecca is our head writer and storyteller. She is passionate about championing equality and wants to be part of the big push for change. Growing up, she loved stories of girls doing great things in societies that threaten them — and she still does. Rebecca plans on dedicating her life to empowering women and using her talent for writing to tell their stories and spur conversation.

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NISHMA BHARADIA

COPYWRITER & RESEARCHER

A teacher of 8 years, Nishma has qualifications including Special Education & Guidance and Counseling – maintaining the goal of mentoring youth and future leaders. However, after becoming a new mom and taking time to recover and reflect during her maternity leave, she has been exploring new career paths and grooming herself, as a future leader.

Nishma is an avid reader, dog-petter, and Netflix binger. She also loves writing, being outdoors, and spending time with her little family and her big extended family too. You will often find her making random pop- culture references or being awkwardly funny.

Self-care, real portrayals of motherhood, and mental health & wellness are all very near and dear topics to Nishma as she has experienced post-partum depression herself and is on a journey of recovery. In addition to these topics, Nishma is very passionate about intersectional feminism, human, and animal rights… just to name a few.

Nishma is poised to rise, rally, and rule. She cannot wait to create change with a brilliant group of women!

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NAV CHOHAN

PAID MEDIA SPECIALIST

After spending eight years in advertising, working with major brands and companies such as American Express Canada, Kimberly Clark, Smucker, Rogers and many others, it was time for a change. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Nav decided to leave her corporate life to pursue her passion of designing, creating and selling suit accessories.

From the start, Nav is always looking for unique and interesting ways to give back. From helping to raise money for the Kohl Hope Fund at Sick Kids, to Toronto General Hospital and now the Her Summit, there’s always been a part of Nav that wants to help local communities.