Since March of 2020, millions of women have left the workforce. At Locelle, we learned from our community of over 2,000 women alone that the one thing they wanted the most was mentorship – by other women leaders.
With this meaningful data, in the summer of 2020, at the peak of COVID, our team launched “Mentor Moments” – Mentorship for women – dedicated to supporting and ultimately advancing women at work through guidance on the go model.
What started as a pilot for us with less than 20 women leaders – our mentors – who wanted to give back and boost their leadership impact, has now grown to a robust network of over 150 mentors resulting in over 800 hours of mentorship.
We have seen women get promoted and uplifted with increased engagement and productivity, and above all, gain the confidence they needed to advance in traditionally male-dominated industries as they continue to build on leadership competencies.
It has been one full year of mentorship for women by women here at Locelle, and we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight and celebrate the women who made it all possible. As the founder and CEO at Locelle, I have seen firsthand the magic that happens on both – personal and professional levels as a result of relevant mentorship.
I hope you will know these incredible women, follow them and celebrate them alongside us and our entire community of professional women.
Founder and CEO
Hurriya Burney is the Vice President of Commercial Banking or RBC in Burnaby, New West and South Van where she successfully leads a team of 11 commercial bankers. She is highly skilled and experienced in the financial services industry. Hurriya is a Sales Leader, Speaker, Writer, Mentor as well as a DEI advocate, and she has a passion for aiding immigrants, minorities and women in the Canadian workplace. As a Locelle mentor, Hurriya has mentored 2 women so far.
Dedicated to fostering the personal and professional development of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) women, Joanne helps them confidently navigate the workplace and #winatwork. With a long-standing career in Journalism and Marketing, Joanne has found her passion in supporting women as a Mentor, Career Advisor and Visibility Advocate.
Sophia Pugh is the District Vice President at Scotiabank, where she has worked for nearly 17 years. She has a wealth of experience in areas such as negotiation, conflict management, navigating imposter syndrome, as well as building confidence and influence in the workplace. She has mentored over 7 women in the Locelle Mentorship program!
Selena Roberts is the Program Manager at Schneider Electric where she has worked for over 17 years. As program manager she is highly motivated to ensure that she successfully coordinates the maintenance and development of the multi-million dollar global product range with which she works. Aside from her work at Schneider Electric, she is also a certified and self employed life Coach at Roberts Life Coaching. Selena has had the pleasure of working with 3 mentees at Locelle.
Zeynep Tuck is the Founder & Creative Producer of Ӧzlü Creative + Community where she works towards elevating and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities through storytelling for digital media outlets, TV & film. She is highly skilled in areas including Video/TV production, negotiation and helping others define the building blocks of their careers. As a mentor at Locelle, Zeynep has worked with 4 mentees so far.
Melanie Ewan is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Volition, as well as the Lead Researcher and a Member of the Board for Women in Tech World. Melanie is an advocate for owning your voice and celebrating your wins, and is highly skilled in areas such as building influence and confidence, public speaking, building a meaningful network as well as navigating entrepreneurship. She has worked with 3 mentees at Locelle so far.
Jessica Mosher is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Nelson, Canada’s leading educational content provider. She is known to be resourceful and tenacious and is driven by maximizing the potential of the people around her. Jessica is passionate about initiating collaborative environments, engaging in purposeful communication and encouraging people to express their opinions. So far she has mentored 2 women in the Locelle Mentorship Program.
Nataizya Mukwavi is the Founding Executive Director of Black Women Connect Vancouver as well as the Leadership & Cross-Cultural Communications Consultant with Career Contacts. Nataizya has over 10 years of experience impacting organizational presence and is highly skilled in areas of public speaking, fundraising and board relations. She has been a mentor to 2 women at Locelle so far.
Lynn Brown is the Regional HR Business Partner at Schneider Electric. She is highly skilled in areas such as building influence and confidence, advancing careers as well as finding a voice and speaking up. Lynn has been a mentor to 2 women at Locelle so far.
Tina Strehlke is the CEO at Minerva BC, where she has worked for over 5 years. Before working at Minerva BC, she gained experience being in the tourism industry as well as being a career counsellor. She is especially well versed in areas including advancing careers, navigating boundaries in the workplace and learning how to manage life, work and health. As a mentor with Locelle she has mentored 3 women so far.
Nikki Thibodeau works as the Senior Community Operations Manager at Shopify. She is a passionate Women’s advocate and is also the Chair of Shopify’s Women’s Employee Resource Group. She strives to foster more space for women in technology and senior leadership positions. So far in the Locelle program Nikki has mentored 2 women.
Shannon Parker is the Director of People and culture at FreshWorks Studio where she has worked for the past 4 years. She has a background in performance management, recruitment and selection as well as training in several settings such as post-secondary institutions and not-for-profits. Shannon has worked with 2 mentees at Locelle so far, and has been a speaker at various Locelle roundtable events.
Sarah Gulbrandsen is the CEO at RingPartner where she has been working for over 6 years, but has spent the past 15 years helping global companies connect with new companies. She is highly skilled in the areas of sales & marketing strategy, lead generation, brand management and operational efficiency. Sarah has been a wonderful mentor at Locelle, having mentored 4 women so far, and has also spoken at Locelle roundtable events.
Annett Rozek is the Chief Scientific Officer at Terramera, Inc. where she has been working for nearly 10 years. She has an extensive background in scientific research, having completed a Masters degree in Science, a PhD in Chemistry and Postdoctoral studies in Microbiology and Immunology. Annett has been a mentor to 3 women in the Locelle network so far.
Pamela Potts is the Director of People and Culture at StarFish Medical. She has over 20 years of experience leading high-growth and technology companies, and she provides a strategic HR service which focuses on business outcomes. She gains the best outcome by engaging people through coaching, leadership development, training, organizational development and culture change. With Locelle, Pamela has been a mentor to 3 mentees so far.
Natasha Jeshani is the President and CEO of Career Contacts. On top of being a Global HR and Recruitment Consultant, Natasha is also an author. In 2018 she published her first book, “The HR Insider: How to Land your dream job, and keep it!” which hit #1 on Amazon. She is also known for her in demand workshops on topics such as: DEI, Finding your Voice, and Respect in the Workplace. So far as a mentor at Locelle, Natasha has worked with over 7 women.
Jama Temirova is the Founder and Managing Director of The Growth Spark, a company which allows clients to access an untapped talent pool of working mothers. She has more than 20 years of experience working across the enterprise, software, hardware and service industries. Jama is a highly qualified professional; she is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds an MBA in Management Consulting. Jama has been a mentor to 3 women at Locelle so far.
Stephanie Redivo is an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Leader at TransLink. With over 20 years of experience, in her role she has developed the framework for 3 employee Resources groups, has run the first inclusion survey and implemented Equity, Diversity and Leadership training for managers. A few of Stephanie’s areas of expertise include: Inclusive Leadership, Data Analysis, Change Management and Panel Moderation. With Locelle, Stephanie has mentored 6 women so far.
Vivienne Damatan is the Founder and Leadership & Development Coach at Lead on Purpose, as well as a Learning Lead at Roy Group Leadership. Throughout her years of experience working in leadership positions, she has grown teams, revenue, leaders and community, and has developed a passion for human development and values-driven leadership. At Locelle she has worked with 3 mentees so far.