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Yara’s 2nd Women’s Leadership Conference

September 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm EDT



September 29, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT
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The Globe and Mail Centre

351 King St East
Toronto, ON M5A 2W4 Canada


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9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Registration and Light Refreshments


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Opening Ceremony Conference Co-Chairs: Atoosa Mahdavian (Founder, Mahdavian Law) and Parna Sabet-Stephenson (Partner, Gowling WLG)


Opening remarks by Shohreh Aghdashloo


Master of Ceremony: Tina Yazdani (CityNews reporter)


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Panel Discussion– Entrepreneurs Panelists: Elle Ayoubzadeh (Founder and Creative Director, Zvelle) Bita Doagoo(Partner, The Detox Market, Toronto) Hoda Paripoush (Founder and Creative Director, Sloane Tea Company) Chakameh Shafi (Co-Founder, TranQool and Head of Product, Modigo GmbH)


Moderator: Roxana Tavana (Vice President and Head of Business Banking in Commercial Banking at Scotiabank)


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Brunch and Networking


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Dr. Parvaneh Gina Cody in conversation with Samira Mohyeddin


Dr. Parvaneh Gina Cody (Engineer, Business Leader and Philanthropist) Samira Mohyeddin (Journalist and Associate Producer, CBC Radio)


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Panel – Trailblazers Panelists: Shahla Ettefagh (Founder, Mother Miracle) Shermin Izadpanah Kruse (Author, Human Rights Activist, TEDx Speaker and Lawyer) Farinaz Lari (World Kickboxing Champion)


Moderator: Mehrdad Ariannejad, (Co-Founder and CEO Tirgan Festival)


2.30 Pm – 3:00 PM: Closing Remarks and Networking


Master of Ceremonies


Tina Yazdani

Report at CityNews Toronto


Opening Remarks


Shohreh Aghdashloo

Emmy Award-Winner Actress


Dr. Gina Cody in Conversation with Samira Mohyeddin


Dr Gina Cody

Engineer, Business Leader and Philanthropist

Samira Mohyeddin

Journalist and Associate Producer at CBC Radio on "The Current"




Elle AyoubZadeh

Founder and Creative Director, Zvelle

Hoda Paripoush

Founder and Creative Director, Sloane Tea Company

Bita Doagoo

Partner, The Detox Market Toronto

Chakameh Shaffii

Co-Founder, TranQool and Head of Product, Modigo GmbH

Shahlah Etefagh

Founder, Mother Miracle

Shermin Kruse

Author, Human Rights Activist, Poet and Lawyer

Farinaz Lari

World Kickboxing Champion




Mehrdad Ariannejad

President, Tirgan Festival

Roxana Tavana

Vice President and Head of Specialty Business Banking, Scotiabank




Presenting Sponsor



Keynote Sponsor

Concordia University


Champion Sponsor



Friends and Supporters

Baghbani Law Professional Corporation

Bellafornia Pizza, Burger, Restaurant and Bar

Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP

Hafteh Magazine

Jafari Law

Kamyar Tanha

Kati Asgari

Laura Garetson

Mana Saranj

Dr. Maral Nadjafi & Kaveh Shahrooz

Mehrdad Hariri and Lily Pourzand

Nazari-Pruden Law

Prime Physiotherapy & Sports Rehabilitation Inc.

Dr. Nicole Mirzakhani

Noohi Law & Associates Professional Corporation

Options Development

Simone Otis and Matt Lill


STIM Canada 


The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University

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