As an extension of our successful Women & Leadership Series, we will be offering monthly Lunch & Learns to once again bring together women in the sport and physical activity sector (and beyond) who are looking to advance their leadership skills, meet other like-minded women, and learn from guest presenters on a range of important topics. Through interactive sessions, participants will hear from women in leadership roles on topics such as Social Justice & Anti-Racism, Diversity & Inclusion, Fundraising & Sponsorship, Accessible Sport, Mentorship & Career Progression, Mental Health & Preventing Burnout. Women who are aspiring to be leaders in their fields and women who are already established leaders are invited to join together and share their stories and experiences in a safe and inclusive environment, leaving each session feeling empowered, included, and knowledgeable on a topic they may not have considered before.

$5 from each registration will be donated to a local and relevant charity/organization.


April's session will be presented by Manpreet Dhillion, an equity, diversity, and inclusion specialist. Maximizing Diversity of Thought in Inclusive Communities will cover how to engage ideas from a diversity of perspectives, what you can do to be a more inclusive community member, and how you can facilitate more inclusive community experiences for all!

Ranked #15 globally on the 2020 EmPower Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list, Manpreet Dhillon is an equity, diversity, and inclusion specialist with a unique lens as a leadership coach for people of culture empowering them for equality of pay and representation. She focuses on creating systemic change to address institutionalized inequalities through representation from the communities being served.

Manpreet has over 20 years of leadership, coaching, human resources, and community development expertise.

Manpreet is the founder/CEO of Veza Global and an Entrepreneur in Residence with Women's Enterprise Center. Veza has worked with the following selected notable organizations, including UN affiliate: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, UN Women, BC Cancer Foundation, Allied REIT, HR Tech Group, Immigrant Employers Council of BC, 7-Eleven and Terramera. She also led a trade mission of women entrepreneurs to Croatia – one of the first held by a private company to further the mission of increasing export by women entrepreneurs.

Manpreet has held positions as a board member of Canada India Education Society, liveBIG Society, British Columbia Institute of Technology Alumni Board of Directors, past Board Member of Royal Roads University, and has served on various arts and health boards. Manpreet is a twice contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and a contributing author to Forbes, Thrive Global, and Small Business BC. She received her Masters in Organizational Management and resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.