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Sousan Bagherpoor is one of the true exemplars of women taking initiatives in leadership and change. Presently, Sousan, manages and monitors various point-of-care testing devices as a POCT specialist in the Canadian health care systems. Apart from this role, she is also the co-founder and Business Development Manager of Your Rug & Rugs and Oei Home Decor.  Recently, Sousan has joined as the Chief Executive Officer at a Toronto-based branding and marketing company, GODA Digital Inc. The diverse job roles of Sousan reflect on her dedication to leadership, learning, and entrepreneurship.

Sousan’s educational qualifications include completion  her associate degree in Medical Lab Science. Following the completion of her degree, she moved to Canada where she had to encounter various challenges due to cultural gaps, such as rejection of her university education. However, the obstacles never succeeded in deviating Sousan from her determination and commitment to achieve a promising career. Sousan joined The Michener Institute in 1995 and completed her Diploma in Clinical Laboratory Science in 1997. She joined The Michener Institute in 2011 again while being employed at UHN for Quality Management certification and achieved the qualification in 2013. The clinical laboratory quality management certification paved her path to achieving International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification as a lead auditor (BSI) and became an Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQHM) Assessor. Sousan was selected and accomplished the Emerging Leader Program Certification in Organizational Leadership at the University Health Network in 2014 distinguishing her uniquely from others. Sousan currently is pursuing of her degree in Health Services and Business Administration Management at the Ryerson University alongside her other roles.

The professional credentials of Sousan Bagherpoor are reflective of her dedication to her career and a substantial amount of inherent interest in learning. Her abilities for international leadership are explicitly observed in her role as the Buz\1xqscaxsiness Development Manager at Your Rug & Rugs. This is where she was able to showcase her leadership abilities by forming, working with and managing different international teams especially through a prominent focus on the significance of strong team dynamics. Her dedication to the betterment of the company sets an example of how women showcase competence in leadership both domestic and  on an international level.

On the personal front, Sousan Bagherpoor is a learner and is always excited to engage in different learning experiences. Home decor, yoga, digital marketing, networking and personal development are some of the areas Sousan enjoys and has able to show other women they too can achieve anything they desire with commitment. Her attitude towards learning and enjoying the journey with excitement about learning mastery of new skills, shows a lucid example of women being the torchbearers of change in the present times. Sousan has never been the type of woman to give in easily to the challenges posed by her personal life and her profession. She prides herself in viewing barriers which women face as challenges awaiting to be conquered. Penultimately, she perceives everyone around her as a source of inspiration to learn from and be a better leader. With a prolific and comprehensive assortment of professional credentials as well as dynamic personal traits, Sousan Bagherpoor could be considered as a promising candidate for driving leading changes in the emerging market.     

Persia Khodarahmi is a strong example of women achieving dominant roles and shattering the glass ceiling with their professional achievements. Presently serving as HR Generalist & Legal Assistant at Mazo Chowbay, Barristers & Solicitors, Persia Khodarahmi has achieved over five years of experience in various roles that have shaped up her career. Her career at Mazo Chowbay started in September 2013 when she joined as a Legal Assistant in the firm. Two years later, she took on the additional role of Office Manager from April 2015 to December 2016 and then in April 2017, Persia was appointed as HR Generalist. Mazo Chowbay is a personal injury law firm and the six years of experience earned by Persia Khodarahmi in different roles in the organization.

Persia Khodarahmi has clearly shown that perseverance and determination bear sweet fruits in the end. During her term as Legal Assistant at Mazo Chowbay, Persia was not hesitant to join the School of Human Resource Management at York University for completing her Bachelor’s degree in HRM Honours with specialization in Human Resources Management or Personnel Administration. She completed her Bachelor’s certification in a period of four years from 2014 to 2018 and has also continued in her professional career without any setbacks. Presently, Persia Khodarahmi is pursuing her designation of CHRP.

Persia Khodarahmi is an avid hockey enthusiast and is a family person. She likes to spend time with her family as well as visit new places and restaurants nearby in the city. She has also shown her willingness and dedication to volunteer work by participating in youth leadership programs such as the Youth Leadership Development program at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. She was involved with the Youth Leadership Development program for around three years and five months from February 2012 to June 2015. Her volunteer work has also been noticed prominently in giving back to the community as an Emergency Room Assistant at the University Health Network where she served for around two years and six months from January 2013 to June 2015. The volunteer work of Persia Khodarahmi can also be noticed in her work as an International Languages Teaching Assistant for Farsi language at the Toronto District School Board for almost six years. She was engaged in providing support to children in the age group of 4 to 12 years old for learning to speak, read and write in Farsi language.

The formidable strengths of Persia Khodarahmi include relationship building and abilities for influencing people that adequately support her management and leadership skills. The passion of Persia to connect with new people is adequately supported by her adaptability strengths followed by her skills for influencing people. Her commanding abilities are reflected in her personality type, i.e., ENTJ. Persia Khodarahmi shows adequate energy and efficiency in all her tasks and can take on leadership and management tasks with strong levels of dedication and higher self-confidence. The journey of Persia Khodarahmi and the number of job roles she has assumed in her career paint her identity as charismatic and inspiring and could also work favorably for distinct areas such as strategic thinking.

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