In short, I'm like you: just trying to leave the world better than I found it.
A desire to more deeply understand how people process the world drew me to study psychology in undergrad, when I also tutored newcomers to Canada, supported individuals with disabilities, and wrote for my campus newspaper. A passion for amplifying purpose-driven stories ultimately led me to pursue a graduate degree in journalism from New York University. Over the years, I've written about food insecurity, human rights abuses, marginalized workers, changemakers, and sustainability for Entrepreneur, Inc., OZY, NationSwell, and HuffPost, among other media companies. I reported for The Wall Street Journal's “Waste Lands” series for eight months, which revisited the little-noticed aftermath of the U.S. nuclear-arms buildup and earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
My passion for social issues and mentorship intersected when a student team invited me to join them in the Hult Prize, a global competition that supported nonprofits. Our team spent months developing a human-centric model, which President Bill Clinton announced as one of three winners from around 4,000 proposals. He also cited our work in his Time magazine cover essay: “The Case for Optimism.” The experience compelled me to work more closely with students, inspiring me to create and teach university and college courses in social entrepreneurship and journalism.
As a journalist, managing editor, then marketer, I acquired and grew audiences for media and tech companies based in the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Canada. My impact has rippled online, across social media, on TV and radio, in print publications, and at a summer festival in New York City's Central Park. As a leader, I strive to be a compassionate guide while sponsoring growth opportunities and promotions for impactful colleagues, managing rapid organizational change, running creative sprints, hiring new team members, and launching timely initiatives. In Abu Dhabi, the Big Apple, and Silicon Valley, I co-managed global newsrooms of multimedia correspondents during tumultuous times such as the Arab Spring and 2016 U.S. presidential election. In Toronto, I documented Shopify's ascent into Canada's most valuable company and led teams of content marketers, video producers, and content designers during high-growth phases as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now I write for the talented team at SickKids Foundation, where we believe fighting for the health and well-being of children is among the most powerful ways to improve society. I'm also a board member at Social Planning Toronto, which strives for equity, social justice, and quality of life through sharp research and public policy advocacy.