Saturday, October 1, 2022
ADVT 
Spotlights

The Power of Women: Neelam Sahota

By Petrina D’Souza, 25 Mar, 2021 06:02 PM
  • The Power of Women: Neelam Sahota

“Women are the real architects of society and I truly believe we are on a journey in deconstructing societal norms of what a woman “should be”. Womanhood is defining yourself on your own terms, unapologetically.”- Neelam Sahota, CEO at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

 

Neelam Sahota is a senior executive with more than 20 years of progressive experience in financial management, strategic planning, governance, risk management and operations management. She currently is the Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, a values-based local registered charity that serves newcomers and underrepresented communities with equitable access to resources while reducing systemic barriers to participation. Neelam brings extensive experience to her role that has spanned the corporate sector, provincial government, entrepreneurship and non-profit industries. Taking a disciplined approach to developing effective business strategies to maximize community impact has been the cornerstone of her career. Neelam is a nominated Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (FCPA, FCGA) where she has also recently obtained her Certificate in Executive Leadership.

 

What does being a woman mean to you? 

Being a woman means being limitless and undefinable. Women are the real architects of society and I truly believe we are on a journey in deconstructing societal norms of what a woman “should be”.    Womanhood is defining yourself on your own terms, unapologetically.

 

What has been your biggest achievement in 2020, personally and professionally?

Navigating 2020 in my professional role was a humbling undertaking as we already work with some of society’s most vulnerable and seeing the pandemic create greater inequities was life changing as it really highlighted how we as leaders need to fundamentally change systems that are creating these inequities. It was definitely an ironic year for me personally in that I had the honour of receiving several prestigious awards in recognition of my career and service to community yet I think it was the self-reflection and “hustling inwards” as I call it that was my biggest achievement in 2020.  

 

Through the rippling effects of the unsettledness and uncertainty we were all feeling with the global pandemic and the reckoning of long-standing inequities in our society, it gave me the impetus to pause and self-reflect on what really fuels me as a person and how I want to show up for others. That learning was huge for me as it’s really focused me to look at the intentionality behind everything I do or will do in the future.

 
What are you working on right now and in 2021?

Professionally, I’ve got a lot on the go with several projects to serve our growing communities. I’m undertaking a large technology platform implementation across all of our service lines at DIVERSEcity to make or services more accessible. With the sudden shift to remote services during Covid19, we saw opportunity to introduce technology as a means to increase access. We want to be able to build on these learnings and create services that are hybrid – in person for those that prefer that option and online for those that find accessibility increased through that route. This will be game-changing as nonprofits have traditionally been slow adopters of technology so I’m really excited to see how this will allow us to increase our reach to communities across the Lower Mainland and frankly, across the province.    


What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path?

Define success on your own terms and remember to hustle inward too. Leading with compassion is not weakness – it’s strength.

 


Photo: A Master Media

MORE Spotlights ARTICLES

Sonia Lalli: Breaking stereotypes

Sonia Lalli: Breaking stereotypes

Author Sonia Lalli talks about her latest book Serena Singh Flips the Script, her favourite author, and more!

Sonia Lalli: Breaking stereotypes

Gina Johal: A Leader in Mortgage Financing

Gina Johal: A Leader in Mortgage Financing

Gina has been in the financial industry for over 20 years and has specialized in mortgage financing for the last 15. She has the keys to unlock all the doors to your financial dreams.

Gina Johal: A Leader in Mortgage Financing

Adrija Chakrabarti: Providing free tutorial to those in need

Adrija Chakrabarti: Providing free tutorial to those in need

Adrija Chakrabarti is the co-founder and director of Mentoring the Stars Foundation a non-profit organization’s mission is to provide high-quality, no-cost tutoring for any British Columbian family that seeks it

Adrija Chakrabarti: Providing free tutorial to those in need

WATCH: Media veteran Bhupinder Hundal talks about his new role as News Director and Station Manager of Global BC

WATCH: Media veteran Bhupinder Hundal talks about his new role as News Director and Station Manager of Global BC

"I still pinch myself to think that I am now responsible for a station that is so revered in BC, that has such a long legacy and is celebrating 60 years. To think that I have the opportunity to lead such an organisation is humbling really."

WATCH: Media veteran Bhupinder Hundal talks about his new role as News Director and Station Manager of Global BC

Naval Officer Arshdeep Singh Wins Big at World Salsa Summit

Naval Officer Arshdeep Singh Wins Big at World Salsa Summit

Arshdeep is all things out-of-the-box- a salsa dancer, merchant navy officer who has been brought up in Punjab, and most importantly a winner at World Salsa Summit.

Naval Officer Arshdeep Singh Wins Big at World Salsa Summit

South Asian media broadcaster Bhupinder Hundal has been hired as News Director and Station Manager of Global BC

South Asian media broadcaster Bhupinder Hundal  has been hired as News Director and Station Manager of Global BC

Via a news release, the Corusent team says “In this role, Hundal will be responsible for overseeing editorial direction, staff and operations for the station,” Hundal will join the Global team on Dec. 15, and is Jill Krop's successor who resigned earlier this fall.

South Asian media broadcaster Bhupinder Hundal has been hired as News Director and Station Manager of Global BC