About

Providing women of colour with career accelerator programming.

Accelerate Her Future is designed to provide women of colour (Black, Indigenous, and Women of Colour) in college and university business and tech programs and recent graduates interested in pursuing careers in business and tech with a unique opportunity to invest in their career development and accelerate themselves as strong candidates. The Summit is for women of colour who are looking to invest in themselves and connect with leaders and a peer community to accelerate their career while gaining the needed skills and networks.


Our mission is to provide innovative career accelerator programming that unleashes the career-launching opportunities for women of colour – to claim their power in the workplace. We envision a world where enhancing representation and leadership of women of colour at all levels, isn’t the cool thing to do but the norm.

Why? Well it’s 2019 – let’s be real.

What Accelerates AHF into Action?

  • Over 2/3 of women of colour (69.2%) have a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree
  • Yet, women of colour often may lack meaningful access to influential networks, advancement opportunities, mentorship and sponsorship
  • Only 6.5% of women of colour hold management positions
  • Only 5.9% of Financial Post 500 board members are people of colour (and lower % for women of colour)

Source: Quick Take: People of Colour in Canada (May 2019) Catalyst Canada.

Values

Action

Community

Generosity

Multiple Lived Experiences

Authenticity

Equity and Belonging

Innovation

Voice

Our Founder & Summit Team

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Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi

“We must create the world we want to live in – a world where all women have a seat at the table, live their potential and flourish.”

She is the Founder of Divity Group and Accelerate Her Future. After a 15-year marketing management career with large multi-national service firms, Golnaz pursued teaching future leaders in college and university and launched her consulting practice. Golnaz has published research in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion, immigrant and intersectional identities in the workplace and transformative learning in higher education. She is a TEDx speaker, who presents at international conferences. Golnaz’s passion to help advance representation and leadership of women of colour at all levels in organizations is what led her to create Accelerate Her Future. 

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Sumayya Daghar

“It’s time to script our future by defining ourselves by ourselves and resist the subtle systemic exclusions by simply showing up unapologetic about who we are.”

Sumayya works in the private sector in the field of data analytics and is Director of Operations for the AHF Summit. Prior to that, she worked in the public and non-profit sectors working on building an innovative curriculum for higher education and grassroots social justice projects. Her passions are eclectic as she is, ranging from representation and identity politics to ethnomusicology of diaspora music. If you’ve got a good beat or would love to discuss your aversion to the “where are you from?” question, drop her a line!

Nadia Alick

“By empowering all women to be their true authentic selves and to reach their fullest potential is how we begin to create a just society.”

Nadia is a challenge seeker impassioned by matters of the environment, human rights and gender equity and Campus Outreach Lead for the AHF Summit 2019. She holds a MSc in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto with most of her graduate training and professional experience focusing on sustainability education and community engagement in local environmental issues. She currently works with the public sector supporting policy development within the natural resources sector. She is an avid dancer and hiker and enjoys finding off the path places to dine and explore in the city!

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Tennile Cooper

“Women are so damn powerful even though we often give up our power by doubting it. AHF reminds me of our magic.”

Tennile runs a copywriting business appointed sheisepic.com that marries communications and marketing in blissful matrimony. She is the Communications Lead for the AHF Summit 2019. In her free time, she champions and promotes entrepreneurs at Startup Peel and a Business Mentor for the City of Mississauga’s Summer Company Program. When she’s not writing, reading or tweeting (@sheisepic) —she’s speaking or training for companies at the Microsoft Store, City of Brampton, Peel/Halton District School Board, Professional Writer’s Association of Canada and Sheridan College. She has built her own business by curating an online presence and rallies others to do the same. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Sahar Hosseini

“There is a special kind of magic that happens when we support each other as women.”

Sahar is the founder of Sahar Design, helping start-ups and entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life and production ready stage. She has helped with branding and design for the AHF Summit website. With 14 years of experience, Sahar uses a human-centered design process, ensuring an effective and memorable user experience. Sahar has a passion for running and has participated in 18 half and full marathons and raises funds and awareness for various charities focused on women, girls and youth.

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Kim Kirton

“Investing in ALL women is imperative to diverse and effective leadership.”

Kim is an experienced and passionate social entrepreneur, who loves bringing ideas to life. She is Marketing Lead for the AHF Summit 2019. Kim has bootstrapped over $140K in external funding to bring her ideas to life and if she had to choose her superpower, it would definitely be curiosity – as she loves asking questions, learning new things and thinking of creative ways to spread the word about what she’s building. With an unwavering desire for new experiences, combined with a dedication to work hard and social impact, she has managed to forge a path forward that is uniquely hers.

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Chanèle McFarlane

“I passionately believe in creating spaces where women of colour can gain the knowledge and confidence they need to navigate the intersection of race, gender and work.”

Chanèle McFarlane is a multiple award-winning personal branding expert, TEDx speaker and marketing communications specialist. By day, she leads employer branding at a fintech institution and outside of work, she’s known as the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Do Well Dress Well, a career lifestyle website on personal branding and professional development. Passionate about crafting meaningful and inclusive experiences, Chanèle is Programming Lead for the AHF Summit 2019. Chanèle is also the Director of Programming at Women and Color, where she leads a public speaking bootcamp for diverse subject matter experts. A sought-after speaker across North America, Chanèle has been recognized as one of the PR in Canada’s Top 30 Under 30, one of the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and one of the Top 25 Women of Influence.

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Rashmi Venkatesh

“Lead from any Chair – Be authentic, be bold, own your choices and believe in the power of change!”

Rashmi is a career technologist with over 18 years of industry experience where she has held diverse roles in both business and technology in the logistics, pharma and finance domains. She holds a Masters in Management from the University of Waterloo. Rashmi is passionate about advocating for, connecting and coaching women and aspires to create a level playing field for people with differing abilities by using technology as an enabler. She is a celebrity aficionado, an avid data geek, and a devoted history buff!

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