Empower Ethnic Role Model List 2020 Press Statement

Empower Ethnic Role Model List 2020 Press Statement

Veza Global Founder, Manpreet Dhillon, Listed as Empower’s EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List

 Vancouver B.C., Today, Veza Global founder and CEO, Manpreet Dhillon, was ranked 15th on EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List supported by Yahoo Finance. The annual list showcases business leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and working hard to smash the ceiling for ethnic minorities in the UK, Ireland, Europe, and people of colour in the United States and Canada. Past leaders on the Ethnic Minority Executives and Minority Leaders lists have included: Farah Siddiqui, Andrew Monu, and Deon Pillay. 

These lists continue the conversation around equity, diversity and inclusion. I’m so grateful that as hard as this work is on some days, we can have conversations around #blacklivesmatter in the workplace, people can ask for leadership to notice where equity needs to be, leadership is vulnerable in their communications when things haven’t been right. It is now that we can create the change most of us have wanted to see.

Manpreet has earned recognition for her continued dedication to supporting ethnic and gender diversity in the corporate landscape when being named the 15th of EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List. Annually, EMpower names the top role models across the UK and North America breaking the barriers for ethnic minorities.This list is published by INvolve, an organization championing gender and ethinc diversity leaders and executives.  

Through career and business coaching, workshops, and international trade missionsVeza has been working globally to elevate women to leadership roles and attain board seats. Veza also offers corporate equity, diversity, and inclusion training and consulting services working on country wide and province wide initiatives with selected organizations including UN Women, Organisation for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons, HR Tech Group and Immigrant Employers Council of BC Manpreet Dhillon founded the organization in 2017 after independently consulting in the diversity and inclusion space since 2011.  Individually, Manpreet is a twice contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul as well as a contributing author for online platforms including  Forbes and Thrive Global speaking about leadership of women of culturally diverse backgrounds, feminine and masculine leadership, social justice, social impact, gender/culture diversity. 

Representing multiple sectors and industries, those on our EMpower Role Model Lists have not only achieved success in their careers but also used this to actively drive for more inclusive workplaces. Full list of winners and role models can be found at: https://empower.involvepeople.org/

My story and why I didn’t think I was worthy

My story and why I didn’t think I was worthy

I have been struggling this past week. I thought it had to do with the full moon where I felt so disconnected from my essence, my core and my true identity. All the things what veza means – someone who aligns to their truth. It was quite funny to me that all the things that my company stands for is what I felt the most disconnected within myself.

Currently I am at a personal development seminar, one of many that I have attended over the years and I couldn’t help and think to myself, why am I? Why am I doing another seminar and what am I really seeking?

Over the years, I have invested way more time and money into my own personal development than I would like to acknowledge and I realized that I had hit a tipping point about a year ago where I had enough. I was tired of feeling like I was not worthy. I was tired of feeling like there was something wrong with me and I was tired of other people seeing me as I felt like something was wrong with me when I had my breakthrough moments. I do analyze myself and am very self-aware but that does not mean there is something wrong with me. It just means that I am aware to my unconscious programming so I can do something about it.

So a year later as I am at this seminar, I think to myself what is it that I am seeking when I know it all lies within me. I realized it was the reminder of the connection to my essence that is what I was seeking. I was seeking the reminder of who I really am and how did I really get here.

I am the woman who survived a childhood auto immune disease.

I am the woman who survived the feelings of not feeling worthy of love, commitment and attention.

I am the woman who survived intense backpain where I didn’t walk straight for three years and used to crawl to the bathroom.

I am the woman who has lost friends in the process of my growth.

I am the woman who has attracted a community of individuals who are soul sisters and soul brothers.

I am the woman who went from unraveling from the grief of her brother to gaining a whole new set of brothers and sister in laws.

I am the women who survived five concussions even though I may get headaches on a regular basis and there are days where noise bothers me, I still am high functioning.

I am the woman who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and know that I need to eat a certain way and exercise to keep inflammation down.

I am the woman who takes action, makes things I want happen.

I am the woman who took a volunteer role in Botswana, India and at an UN-affiliated agency in Netherlands.

I am the woman who published the story “Thriving while Grieving” in the “Time to Thrive” edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

I am the woman who is going to be leading the first trade missions for women entrepreneurs of cultural backgrounds, creating a space for them to expand their businesses globally.

I am the woman who worked through her low confidence, low self image, lack of respect for self, scarcity mindset, lack of worthiness and lack of deserving mindset to be who I am today.

I am the woman who knows there are other woman who now feel understood as someone went through what they went through.

I share this because I needed the women in the veza community to know they are not alone. They are enough. They are worthy of love, attention, respect and they are worthy of their dreams.

You, who is reading this, is worthy of everything you want. You are worthy of the love and connection you seek. You are worthy of commitment. You are worthy of the career you desire. You are worthy of having a global company. You are worthy of publishing that book. You are worthy of selling that painting. You are worthy of that promotion. You are worthy.

I call you to join me in the Worthy Leader Mastermind. 6 Months for you to step deeper into your sense of worthiness, deeper into your confidence, deeper into your spiritual journey and deeper into your awareness and impact more people and contribute at a level that you imagined.  


Women Run the World

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Beyonce has the right vision of how Women should run the world. Women are know to be in touch with their emotions which makes them exceptional leaders. Women have been leaders in different capacities around the world. I recently came across the Guide to Women Leaders http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/, which lists all women leaders in politics over time. This site was a blessing to see.

The fact that women are running the world in different ways, makes me feel proud to be a women. Recently I have been researching and reading about how throughout history women have always helped men lead empires and religions. The women were the silent leaders. They led through “advising” the men on what actions to take. As I was researching more on the history of the Taj Mahal (which is made in honor of a women), I came to learn that Mumtaz Mahal has been said to be the power behind Emperor Shah Jahan. The thought comes to mind, how many women have been truly in power but were hidden from the public eye?

It is wonderful to see that now women are coming to the forefront and claiming their place in society. the Forbes Most Powerful Women. This list is complete with women who are current leaders in business and politics. I was slightly disappointed that in the Forbes billionaire list have inherited the wealth (Wal-Mart, Loreal are in the top twenty – www.forbes.com). I would have loved to see women entrepreneurs and leaders to have been on this list on their own accord. I know that in time that is the direction we are heading in but it has taken centuries to arrive to even this place.

What are you doing in your life to contribute to women running the world? How are you supporting your passion to contribute to this movement?