A letter from our incoming CEO, Dr. Rumeet Billan.
She shares her thoughts on taking the helm on December 1, 2022.
Dear WOI Community,
It’s a pleasure to connect with you!
I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead this celebrated and respected brand at the end of this year. WOI has been in operation for 28 years, and over the last 7 years, Stephania, Alicia, Jan, and the team have successfully grown its reach and impact. They have cultivated a community of members and partners across Canada, and beyond, centered around one important goal: driving equity and equality in the workplace.
As the incoming CEO, I am energized and excited to get going, and feel an immense amount of responsibility to do it right. As I settle into this next chapter, my priority will be to listen and learn about what the community needs — what are your biggest challenges; where do you see the biggest opportunities to create change now?. The world is evolving quickly, and my aim is to ensure that WOI keeps pace with this transformation to meet the challenges we face today head-on and to prepare us for what the future brings.
For the last three decades, WOI’s goal has been to redefine our perceptions of gender roles and abilities. By committing to sharing the unfiltered success stories of a diverse group of role models, WOI has played an important role in changing minds, dismantling old belief systems and stereotypes, and creating new pathways for women.
Starting December 1, 2022, I plan to continue steering WOI further down the path the team has successfully paved so far. We will continue to boldly support women who are redefining what influence and leadership mean in today’s business world. We will continue to offer the events, content, and awards that have connected and inspired our community for 28 years. We will also expand our services and introduce new initiatives that will help our members and partners thrive and make a meaningful impact and difference.
I look forward to connecting and celebrating many new milestones in this next chapter with you.
Rumeet Billan, PhD