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Women of Influence Evening Series – Olivia Nuamah

On May 3rd, 2018, we welcomed Olivia Nuamah, Executive Director of Toronto Pride, to the podium at the Women of Influence Evening series to discuss her career progression and what it takes to succeed in a challenging leadership role.

Congratulations to Alana Clancy!  Concluding the evening events, we announced the winner of our VIP Membership Experience Giveaway. Thanks to the generous contributions from our sponsors, Alana has access to a spot in the short-format executive education program offered by the Smith School of Business, a spa basket courtesy of Captivate, and one month free child care from Kids & Company.

Notable guest

Our Keynote Speaker

Meet Olivia Nuamah

Meet Olivia Nuamah

Pride Toronto became caught in a storm of unexpected controversy when Black Lives Matter staged a protest at the 2016 Pride Parade. In the aftermath, they saw the departure of most of their staff, including their Executive Director. In February, Olivia Nuamah was brought on to take over the lead role — and tasked with rebuilding the organization, managing turbulent community relations, and organizing a $4 million festival in just a few months. Fortunately, the 45-year-old Toronto native was ready for the challenge. Not only does she have nearly 25 years of experience working in both the non-profit and government sectors, as a black female member of the LGBTQ community, she also has a heightened perspective on the marginalised groups seeking more inclusivity with the Toronto festivities. She successfully led Pride 2017 amid the continued controversy around banning uniformed police participation (which included a heated May debate in city council to pull funding on account of the decision), and for future years, she is committed to putting processes in place that align the reason Pride exists and people’s expectations of it. By establishing trust and building bridges between the many communities that come together for Pride Toronto, Olivia is certainly leading the organization in a bright direction.

Some describe her as a community builder, mother, artist and DJ; others as an accomplished executive leader, policy expert and social justice advocate. There is no debating that Olivia has built an impressive career working for the British government and as an executive director at two Toronto agencies. But beyond her unparalleled CV, the key to her success can be attributed to her authentic leadership style and fierce advocacy of ‘revealing who you really are to people.’

To listen to the live event, visit our Live from the Podium audiocast and gain insights and inspiration.


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