The EmpowHERto team continues to grow, and along with it, joins three new Board of Directors. Bethany Mckoy, Maleena Thurston, and Kirsten Ingham. Each one brings a wealth of experience to the roles and a passion for helping young women and girls fulfill their leadership roles.
Bethany Mckoy is a lawyer at TAP Law, a female-owned and operated civil litigation boutique. Before joining TAP Law, she articled and worked as an associate in the litigation department of a large international full-service law firm. Bethany is a graduate of the University of Toronto and received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall in 2016. Her achievements include the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. Bethany has always been focused on supporting youth through accessible programming and inclusive mentorship, and her professional and volunteer history reflects this passion.
Bethany enjoys spending time with her daughter, Eva. She is excited to be a part of an organization that makes the world better for little girls just like hers.
Maleena Thurston is a finance professional at a leading cybersecurity company. Prior to this, she was an audit manager at a public accounting firm. Her previous roles as a Leadership Executive for a career development program and a Community Leadership Manager are a testament to her natural desire to help women achieve success in their careers.
“I value the importance of mentorship in developing both personally and professionally. I can attribute much of my success and opportunities to having great mentors in my life. I seek to act as a mentor for others and continue to build networks of people supporting and advocating for talented women.”
In her new role, Maleena hopes to provide strategic and financial guidance for the organization to be able to achieve its greatest impact. She also wants to inspire young women and girls to let go of their inhibitions in order to achieve their career goals.
Maleena graduated from Queen’s University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Life Science and obtained her Diploma in Accounting from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2017.
When she is off-duty, Maleena ventures to her local dog park with her toy poodle Millie, or she tends to her indoor plant collection.
Kirsten Ingham believes in being involved in organizations whose mission and values align with her own. The projects she works on and roles are chosen based on the tangible impact her decisions will make on her community and the growth of her organization. “I want to change the world, and have no qualms with making my voice heard.”
As an EmpowHERto Board member, she hopes to take charge of the SHEleads program and maximize its impact on young women in the Greater Toronto Area to empower their personal and professional development.
“I am incredibly passionate about empowering young women to be leaders and to take hold of their own strengths – I’ve spent the past decade volunteering at numerous organizations dedicated to youth leadership.”
Currently, she is a Marketing Manager of Revenue Management at Yellow Pages/Pages-Jaune where she champions the new neighborhood economy. Over the course of her career, Kirsten has created and managed marketing offers for one of Canada’s largest online advertisers in English and French. As an avid small-business supporter, she is all about supporting local businesses.
She graduated with a degree in marketing from the University of Ottawa and has spent her career working in digital marketing strategy and revenue management. When not working, Kirsten is a competitive powerlifter and avid reader. She is also the proud owner of a retired racing greyhound named Beau and does freelance photography and flips vintage designer clothing as a hobby.
They will be joining Board Members Di Gallo and Tanekia Sloley-Bertolocci.
Learn more about our new BODs and their mission by following our social media channels @empowherto.org.
Founded in 2015, EmpowHERto is a Toronto-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping 14-21 year-old women and girls reach their fullest potential.
EmpowHERto is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let’s bring our abilities and passions together to affect real change.