Our Team

Golnaz Golnaraghi, MBA, DBA
Founder

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

Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi is a facilitator, educator, researcher, published author, social entrepreneur and an advocate for gender and racial equality. With 15 years in corporate marketing with large multinationals and 14 years spent designing and delivering transformative learning experiences focused on youth, women and early career leaders, Golnaz is Founder of Divity Group Inc., through which she provides facilitation, learning and program design, as well as leadership development and equity and inclusion education. She launched her legacy project, Accelerate Her Future in 2019, a career accelerator for early career women of colour pursuing careers in business and tech. She holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a Doctor of Business Administration from Athabasca University.  

Chanèle McFarlane
Career Strategist in Residence

Chanèle McFarlane is a multiple award-winning Certified Career Strategist, TEDx speaker and writer. As the Founder of her career advice website, Do Well Dress Well, she has built an international audience around her approachable and practical advice on personal branding and career strategy. Chanèle is a sought-after public speaker who has spoken for several organizations, universities and colleges across North America. Her expert commentary has been featured in media outlets such as Fast Company, Elle Canada, Forbes, Canada’s National Observer, CBC Toronto and more.

A trusted advisor on youth employment, Chanèle currently serves on the advisory group for Accelerate Her Future and Humber College’s Content Strategy program. In September 2020, she was selected as one of 120 leaders from across Canada to be a delegate facilitator for FastForward2020, a summit to develop actionable solutions to support youth employment during the pandemic. Previously, Chanèle sat on the inaugural boards for Young Women in Business Toronto and Notable Life, Canada’s largest platform for young professionals. She has been recognized as one of 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.

 

Chanel Williams
Social Media Lead

“We are vibrant, brave and courageous. Together we can overcome any obstacles we may face. Let’s continue to push down barriers and break glass ceilings.”

With a passion for creating aesthetically pleasing images, Chanel thrives on motivating youth, engaging with peers and learning new skills. She finds comfort with her laptop in-hand expressing her creativity through digital mediums. She currently works within Human Resources and has also gained experience as a Student Career Advisor. As the Social Media Lead at AHF, she aims to uplift and empower young women by helping them embrace their creativity while achieving their personal and professional goals.

 

Kristen Coutts

Kristen Coutts
Marketing Lead

“Take everything you love about your heroines and find those things in yourself. Unwavering confidence in yourself and your abilities is the difference between where you are now and where you want to be.”

Kristen is a marketing and communications leader who operates at the intersection of driving business results and creating positive change. With a passion for growth and development, Kristen seeks to draw out the best in her team members, challenging them to uncover strengths they didn’t know they had. In addition to running her own marketing and communications consultancy, Kristen works in higher education as an instructor at George Brown College for a course she wrote in social media content strategy. She previously spent 13+ years working in corporate communications and events in the travel and financial sectors.

Nadia Alick
Community Engagement Lead

“Empowering all women to be their authentic selves and reaching their fullest potential is revolutionary.”

Nadia is a challenge seeker impassioned by matters of the environment, human rights and gender equity. 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 specializing in natural resources policy and management. She is an avid dancer and hiker and enjoys finding off the path places to dine and explore in the city!

Natasha Sidi
Communications & Event Logistics Lead

“At the centre of every woman lives a goddess who guides her to realize her divine power, conspiring the grand scheme for justice, equity, and inclusion.”

Natasha is an experienced designer in the areas of graphics, web, and UX/UI. While pursuing her teaching certificate, and a BComm (Spec. Hons) from York University, Natasha realized that she could make a bigger impact in the world outside of the classroom. She ventured into the field of design and fell in love with the endless possibilities of what it can solve. She is often invited to lead workshops on the topic of UX/UI design attended by womxn entering the STEM fields. Her personal north star is to make the world just, equitable and inclusive for racialized womxn and girls. Outside of work, you can find her snuggled up with a hot cup of chai and reading poetry by Rumi. Born and raised in Tanzania, Natasha spent her childhood going on safari trips, and has survived an elephant charge twice!

Rashmi Venkatesh
Programming – Mentor Initiatives Lead

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself” – Rumi

 Rashmi  is a technologist with a career spanning close to 2 decades in product development, business analysis and project management primarily in the financial and pharmaceutical industries.  She is a passionate advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the technology space and loves mentoring, connecting and coaching women and using technology as a means to empower people with differing abilities. Rashmi is a celebrity aficionado and a devoted history buff who can often be found dreaming up plans to travel the world. 

Sahar Hosseini

Sahar Hosseini
Branding and Design Lead

“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 is AHF’s branding and design Lead. 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 25 half and full marathons and raises funds and awareness for various charities focused on women, girls and youth.

Shefaly Gunjal
Impact Research Lead

“By learning more about each other, we can create a community that celebrates diversity in all of its ecosystems”

Shefaly is a graduate student at the University of Toronto working towards an MSc in Sustainability Management. While she is passionate about all sustainability issues, such as environmental justice, she focuses her work and research on expanding her knowledge of EDI in the Canadian workplace. Currently, she is working on a research project exploring the barriers WOC and visibly religious WOC face in the GTA workplace. She has worked in both the private and public sector on projects related to gender equality and EDI. Shefaly is also an entrepreneur, focusing on creating a community of diverse athletes in Canada. In her spare time, Shefaly enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, and watching a good TV show.

Sumayya Daghar
Operations and Strategic Initiatives Lead

“Let’s script our own narrative and celebrate our greatness.”

Sumayya works in the private sector in the field of data analytics. 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!

Vanshika Agarwal
Special Initiatives Assistant

“I’m excited about the future to play my part in catalyzing a better, more inclusive world for young women.”

Vanshika is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in Management and Finance at the University of Toronto. She is attracted to the world of business and finance as she finds solving complex problems intellectually stimulating while enabling her to think multilaterally to find the best solutions. One of her future goals is to increase educational opportunities for women in south Asian countries through impact investing as she is inspired by innovative ways to advance social impact along with financial returns. Her education is a catalyst for this greater goal because understanding finance not only provides pathways to a meaningful career and is a vehicle for promoting social inclusion and equality. Additionally, she is involved with 180 Degrees and The IBM Pro Bono initiative as a consultant helping NPO’s with financial and strategic initiatives. Vanshika has also worked as a Residence Advisor and within several departments at the University of Toronto.