This February, all month long, we’re honouring the work of 28 inspiring leaders. Women who are drawing upon and celebrating their culture while making a lasting difference in their community using their gifts. From authors and teachers, CEOs to entrepreneurs, not-for-profit directors, artists, and more, these women are changing the face of leadership.

These are truly women to watch and veza community is so pleased to share their brilliance.

May their stories inspire YOU to rise.

Meet Manpreet Dhillon.

Manpreet is a Certified Personal and Business Coach, and a Certified Human Resources Professional with a Masters in Organizational Management. She brings over 15 years of leadership and community development expertise to the table and her experience spans program development and strategy implementation, Governance and Organizational Management, Small & Medium Business Consulting, and much more.

As sought-after consultant, coach and workshop facilitator, Manpreet has provided leadership, HR and diversity training and strategy for clients like the UN affiliate: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, City of Vancouver, University of British Columbia, Blenz Coffee, 7-Eleven, and Terramera, as well as a host of tech and biotech companies, Canadian political parties, and non-profit organizations.

Founded to address the diversity gap and to foster inclusion around the boardroom table, Veza Community offers enriching personal and professional development opportunities. These opportunities train and mentor female leaders of various cultural backgrounds to speak up with confidence and contribute their unique vantage point and expertise to create positive change in the entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, government, and corporate sectors they serve.

So tell us, Manpreet:  What inspires you most? What motivates you to get up every morning?

Knowing the people I meet or connect with are doing their best, and that I can contribute to the lives of others by making them feel just a little more empowered. I choose to leave this world a better place than what it is now. A world where there is more love and connection than ever before. A world where people lift each other up and support each other to be better.

I have the opportunity to play a role in that.

How do you feel that your actions teach or inspire others?

I teach others to move through the mindset crap to realize we have a bigger purpose here. The gifts that we have are not for ourselves, but to share with the world. It is important to act as a leader, regardless of who you are and what your title is, as the brighter you shine as a leader, you give permission to others to shine as well.

What is one change you’d like to see in the world?

I would like child sexual abuse ended. There are individuals and families impacted by someone’s need to have power over another being. Through the work I do, I would like to empower individuals so they can empower others, therefore eliminating the need to take power from someone else.

Which of your contributions to date have given you the greatest sense of pride?

Having my story “Thriving while Grieving” published in the Chicken Soup for Soul: Time to Thrive edition. I know many people found solace in their grieving journey through that story.  

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Manpreet! Learn more about her work and stay connected via her social media presence @vezacommunity

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