Personal Advocacy: The tools you need on your leadership journey

Personal Advocacy: The tools you need on your leadership journey

September 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
1055 West Georgia St - 36th floor
Krista Dinsmore
778 870 3358

Being on the journey to leadership requires an understanding of who you are, how to advocate for yourself, and how to stand out for the next promotion.

How do you move up? What tools do you need? Moving up means standing in your own self-worth. It means asking for what you want and deserve as a salary. You need to understand how to be the best manager AND the best leader – which are two different things. You also need to establish a strong personal brand, so that people think of you when opportunities arise.

On September 26th, Veza Community is hosting a morning talk to equip you with the tools you need to advocate for yourself as you move up. 

The topics covered include:

  • Understanding managing vs leading
  • Creating a strong personal brand
  • Negotiating your salary

We welcome you to join us. 

Date: September 26th, 2019

Time: 8:00-10:00am

Location: 1055 West Georgia St – 36th floor

Ticket Price: $10

Light refreshments will be provided.


This event is geared towards:

  • Mid-career to executive level professionals looking to strengthen their personal brand so they can be ready for their next opportunity
  • Women returning to work after a leave or looking for new opportunities


Veza Community is focused on the leadership journey of women of culturally diverse backgrounds, providing training, tools and resources to manage cultural and family bias. Veza is primarily a strategic transformation firm with lens of diversity and inclusion. 


Manpreet Dhillon, Founder/CEO

Veza Community

Manpreet has over 15 years of leadership, coaching, human resources and community development expertise and through Veza has worked with notable organizations including: UN affiliate: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, City of Vancouver, University of British Columbia, Blenz Coffee, 7-Eleven, as well as a host of tech and biotech companies, and non-profit organizations. Manpreet has designed and led workshops and training both in-person and online in the areas of diversity, women in leadership, human resources, coaching, general leadership and management.  Manpreet has held positions as a Board Member of the British Columbia Institute of Technology Alumni Board of Directors, past Board Member of Royal Roads University, and has served on various arts and health boards. Manpreet is a contributing author to Forbes, twice contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul and a contributing author to the best selling Amazon book—365 Days to the Soul. Manpreet received her Masters in Organizational Management and resides in Vancouver.


Hurriya Burney, VP Healthcare BC

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Hurriya leads a dynamic team of 11 specialized Commercial Account Managers, providing customized solutions and business and financial advice to primary and secondary healthcare industries, including dental and other medical practices, clinics, and other healthcare service providers. She has over 12 years of experience in the Banking & Finance field in regions including Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia. Hurriya holds an MBA Finance from UBC Sauder School of Business. Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Economics & Business and English from Lafayette College, where she was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, International Honors Society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon, Economics Honors Society. Hurriya is passionate about mentoring and coaching others through UBC Sauder as well as Ascend Canada, an organization focused on the development and promotion of Pan-Asian professionals.

Grace Lanuza, CEO

Brand Apiary

Grace brings over 18 years of experience in business specializing in brand strategy, shopper marketing, employment branding, and large-scale events. Her parent company, Grace Lanuza Brand Strategy + Consulting Group, houses three subsidiaries; Brand Apiary (branding and digital marketing), Clickruit (employment branding & training) and Pelota (influencer and sports sponsorship brokerage). The companies have offices in Vancouver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and London, UK. 

Grace’s expert advice can be found when she guest blogs for Talent Formula, specializing in employment branding to GenZ and Millennials. Some of her notable work includes Procter & Gamble Beauty’s Olay For You digital space and Atlantic Canada House at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In addition to the brands mentioned above, her past client mix includes Daimler-Chrysler, Rogers, Microsoft Xbox, Coca-Cola, Cadbury, Adams, National Football League (NFL) / SuperBowl, and AB InBev/Labatt. 

Grace serves as a Mentor for Young Women In Business – both SFU and UBC Chapters, for the Vancouver Board Of Trade’s Leaders Of Tomorrow program and for the Beedie School of Business at SFU. She’s also an active volunteer at Junior Achievement Canada where she helps bring entrepreneurship and business workshops into Lower Mainland classrooms. As being Canadian is important to her, she helps welcome refugees and immigrants to Canada by being a Board Member at Neighbour Next Door, a local initiative to help people make Canada home. Most recently she has been appointed as an Advisory Board Member with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization in collaboration with the United Nations.

Candace Cho, Shareholder

Onyx Law

As the founder of Onyx Law Office, which is the predecessor of Onyx Law Group, Candace sought to build a law firm grounded in integrity and excellence but to also act as a human face to the legal system for everyday people. Her litigation philosophy is to encourage settlement whenever possible to minimize cost and stress for her clients, but she will not hesitate to take matters to trial if she deems it necessary and in the best interests of her clients. Candace has extensive experience dealing with all aspects of estate litigation.

Candace has also had experience dealing with clients coming from all walks of life, whether they are disinherited children, spouses, or caretakers, executors, beneficiaries, or disabled persons. She has acted primarily as plaintiff’s counsel but has represented defendants in the past as well. In her free time, Candace enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing, singing, and yoga. She has a passion for social justice and microfinance to eradicate poverty. “Each client deserves my undivided attention and will be made to feel valued and heard. When clients place their trust in me as their advocate, they can be sure that I will represent them with vigilance, compassion and professionalism.” – Candace Cho.

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