As a woman of colour who was born in a developing country and who grew up in the US and settled in Canada, Caroline didn’t always have role models who looked like her. She turned that challenge into opportunity by living, volunteering and travelling to five continents, speaking several languages, and coming to understand the true meaning of service beyond self in a global sense.
Caroline parlayed her degree in journalism and studies in PR and marketing management into a fulfilling career in newspapers and magazines, corporate communications, and B2B marketing. Today, Caroline is National Associate Director of Social Impact at KPMG, one of the leading professional services firms in the world.
Caroline inspires and empowers KPMG people to use their skills, passion and networks to build more inclusive and sustainable communities. Collectively, we’re using the transformative power of business to help solve pressing social issues.
Chi-Chi is a career development strategist specializing in engineering and technology. With experience in client services, recruitment and career services, she utilizes a customer-centric approach to help job seekers navigate the labour market, and empower organizations to hire diverse candidates.
As Manager of Career Services at HackerYou College of Technology, Chi-Chi oversees every student’s job search through meaningful and relevant career development programs. Prior to her current role, she led campus engagement strategy for the Engineering & Architectural Science faculty at Ryerson Career & Co-op Centre. She connected hundreds of students with top employers and was an integral member of a transition team that led the merge of the University’s career centre and co-op office into one department.
Chi-Chi cares about customer experience, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and the future of work. She is also on the Talent X Mindset Committee, where she and other industry leaders are researching the mindsets of tech job seekers and start-ups across the GTA.
Farzia is a Strategic Planning Manager of Research & Development, Employee Tech Experience at the Bank of Montreal. She is focused on shifting culture by bringing innovative technologies that will improve employee technology experience. Her journey at the Bank of Montreal started after she got selected as one of the top 30 female students to advise the CEO on how to promote inclusivity at the workplace. Since then she has lead initiatives including the Women in Technology program, Tech Engagement initiative, BMO Hackathon, Walk-up IT support service and Employee Tech Experience Labs. Farzia has won “Best of BMO” awards two years in a row.
Farzia attained her Bachelors in Computer Science from York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering as one of the top award-winning student in leadership. She also founded the first student run all women hackathon in Canada and was featured on Metro News. In 2017, she won the “Top Community Influencer of the year” award by Microsoft.
Jaya is a Director of Product Management at Oracle, with a focus on cloud platform for CX applications. Some of her areas of expertise include cloud security, on-boarding, data migration & integration, adaptive search and insights. A hands-on leader, she is passionate about technology and driving product strategy. Designing optimal flows for complex platform features is her forte.
Jaya has a Masters in computer science from the University of Chicago and is a member of Oracle’s women leadership team (OWL). She runs various mentoring and outreach projects as part of OWL and in her spare time also delivers coding workshops in the community. She is passionate about service and community projects and launched an initiative called Giveonebook which organizes events to fundraise and supply books to community libraries across the world.
In her spare time, she loves reading, listening to podcasts, going on hikes with her son and painting pottery with her daughter.
She is the Founder of Divity Group and Accelerate Her Future. After a 15-year marketing management career with large multi-national service firms including KPMG and RBC, 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.
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.