Our EmpowHERto team is made up of a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to helping young womxn and girls reach their full potential as leaders. We plan activities and programs, coordinate and host events, and encourage girls along their journey to becoming their best selves. We’re passionate about our mission.
Diana Gallo serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. An established leader and mentor, she is a social media, digital, content, and influencer marketer.
She is intrigued by the ever-changing digital landscape and its impact on retail, content creation, consumption and authenticity. In her spare time, she is an online shopping enthusiast and binges on Netflix series.
Tanekia Sloley-Bertolacci works as a supervisor at a nonprofit youth employment agency in Toronto and serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors.
She graduated with a degree in sociology from Laurentian University and holds numerous professional development certificates in counselling and mental health.
Helping people realize their full potential is her passion, and she looks forward to encouraging girls and young womxn to be themselves and hold their standards high through her work at EmpowHERto.
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 womxn 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 womxn.”
Tanisha Tulloch brings a wealth of professional experience in human resources to her role. She is an HR executive at a med tech start-up and has held previous HR leadership roles in industries including hospitality, robotics and healthcare. Tanisha graduated from Ryerson University and currently holds a CHRL.
“Change is the only constant in life” said Heraclitus, and Tanisha lives by this motto. It has encouraged her to pursue changes in how young womxn are viewed in the workplace, but more importantly, how they view themselves. She believes that organizations like EmpowHERto provide a platform to curate great changes across the board and she’s very excited to be in her role. In her downtime Tanisha enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and her son, Kingston.
Bethany is a lawyer at TAP Law, a female-owned and -operated civil litigation boutique. Before joining TAP Law, Bethany articled and worked as an associate in the litigation department of a large international full-service law firm.
Bethany graduated from the University of Toronto in 2012 and received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall in 2016. Prior to joining the board at EmpowHERto, Bethany acted as 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.
Kirsten Ingham believes in being involved in organizations whose missions and values align with her own.
The projects she works on and roles she fulfills 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.”
She joined the Canadian Autism Society’s Board of Directors in 2020 but has been a lifelong advocate in public outreach, education, and advocacy for individuals on the autism spectrum and other disadvantaged communities.
Jenny Jiang serves as a member of the Board of Directors. She has an MBA from Western University, Ivey Business School, and became a designated CPA in 2015. Today she works in Strategy & Operations at Uber Eats.
In her spare time, she enjoys painting and growing vegetables in her garden. On what she hopes to accomplish while at EmpowHERto, she says, “The few but memorable female role models in my life played a big part in who I am today. I hope that through EmpowHERto, I can pay it forward and help create the next generation of strong female voices in our community.”
Christine Yoon is the senior director of Client Strategy at CIBC, where she leads a team that executes new customer acquisition and franchising initiatives.
Over the last 10+ years, Christine has worked in a wide range of areas, most notably Strategy & Corporate Development at CIBC and Digital Technology at Sun Life. She is drawn to design thinking and innovation, which has resulted in a career of launching new sales models and digital platforms, as well as optimizing frontline operations.
Serving on the Board of Directors for EmpowHERto, Christine wants to help pave a fruitful path for the next generation. Her advocacy in this area has carried her throughout her life, including her first volunteer trip to Ecuador in grade 10, building a high school female mentorship program while at the Schulich School of Business, and leading mentorship groups in her workplace. Most importantly, Christine was inspired by her young niece to join EmpowHERto.
Christine is AVP Portfolio Management at SLGI Global Investments, the investment manager of the Sun Life family of mutual funds. She feels very fortunate to be doing something she loves and continues to learn every day, even after more than 20 years in the financial industry.
In addition to being a CFA charterholder, Christine has a MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a BSc (Honours) from the University of Alberta.
She believes that womxn bring a powerful and different perspective to leadership, and the foundation of the next generation’s leaders are the young girls and young womxn of today. Womxn are also very important contributors to the family, society and the economy. “I joined the Board of EmpowHERto so I can help create programs and a safe environment for young womxn to explore, learn and achieve their potential. I would like to share advice I have received over the years: Be true to yourself. Be kind to yourself. Embrace failure as a step to success. Most important of all … dare to try.”
In addition to being an avid traveler, Christine also enjoys yoga, music and reading a wide range of genres.
An award-winning athlete in the field of women’s hockey, Mandy Cronin is the Co-Founder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and a former goaltender in the league.
She is the founder and director of M-Power Hockey, established in 2006, and has provided coaching, mentoring and consulting services for players in Toronto and neighbouring communities. Mandy currently serves as the general manager for the Toronto Six, an expansion team in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), and was also responsible for the largest league-level sponsorship revenue for the NWHL this season.
“My entire working life, from high school on, has been centered on the same core values and mission that EmpowHERto was founded on. I am eager to work with the amazing group of women on the Board of Directors and to tap into my decades of experience as an entrepreneur, sports industry executive and mentor to help continue the growth of the organization and the programming that we offer to the next generation of young female leaders.”
Kyli L. is a Chartered Professional Accountant who is enthusiastic about supporting women in both their personal and professional aspirations.
Kyli has worked in the public accounting and private sector for many years. She currently works in external financial reporting for a Canadian publicly traded company in the luxury retail space. In her role she works in an all female team. Her leadership experience leading and building teams in the finance space, as well as her mentorship of CPA students, is something that brings her joy and fulfilment. Throughout her studies and professional life, Kyli has been a formal and informal mentor to her female peers and she has a passion for empowering women to educate themselves and follow their dreams.
Kyli has recognized that the world of finance can often seem inaccessible and she is excited to help young women meet their goals with their personal finances.