Executive Team

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.

Janeen Brown is the Executive Director and Founder of EmpowHERto. She is an advocate for the well-being of womxn, building self-confidence, and female entrepreneurship.

Previously, Janeen spent time managing a team for a television company, but felt she had a greater purpose: to help improve prospects for female leaders.

She hosted a number of events that brought together womxn of different backgrounds to communicate and help each other, but she wanted to have an even greater impact on their lives, which led her to found EmpowHERto. She became an entrepreneur in 2018 and has successfully created three companies. Janeen is constantly inspired by younger generations and has a drive to help young womxn succeed and achieve generational wealth. When Janeen is not hard at work, you can find her continuing to nurture her passion for mentoring younger womxn.

As the director of Leadership & Development at EmpowHERto, Franca Bartella advises and oversees the management and strategic priorities of the Leadership Team. 

Working closely with our Executive Director, Franca manages key external partnerships and stakeholder relationships, and ensures every senior leader is equipped to lead their team well and fulfill deliverables. 

Prior to her current role, she served as community engagement and volunteer supervisor for EmpowHERto. Franca has a background in operations management and leadership, and planning development, and also volunteer and community engagement.

Yanny Yeung is the director of People Operations at EmpowHERto, where she oversees the People Operations team in the areas of talent acquisition, volunteer relations and conflict resolution.

Yanny is an HR professional with more than 14 years of experience in recruitment, benefits administration, payroll, employee relations and employee engagement. 

“I am excited to be part of EmpowHERto, an organization that empowers young girls to be independent.”

During her spare time, Yanny is an adjunct instructor of human resources and career prep, and enjoys interacting with her students.  She also enjoys learning Japanese and travelling outside of North America.

As the director of content strategy, Nia Davis leads EmpowHERto’s content marketing strategy, creating content for a targeted audience across multiple platforms.

Nia is a professional writer and editor with more than 18 years of experience crafting content for local, national and international audiences. She has worked for award-winning publications, nonprofits and start-ups as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, managing editor and communications specialist. Nia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a Master of Arts in journalism.

When not creating inspiring content for EmpowHERto, Nia is a freelance writer and runs an ESL tutoring company. In her spare time, she enjoys designing jewelry from repurposed objects and walking around her home city of Washington, D.C. 

As an executive with 25+ years’ experience in entrepreneurship, strategic business development and operations, Leslie hopes her leadership, analytic abilities and communication skills will be an asset to EmpowHERto.

She is excited to join us at this pivotal time of growth in our organization’s history and to contribute her skillsets to our unique mission to empower girls and young women to achieve their most ambitious goals. 

Sarah Hasnoo is the director of Strategic Partnerships, working with the Executive Team to develop strategic plans to expand partnerships and the support base for EmpowerHERto.

Sarah has 15 years of experience in various roles in sales strategy, business development and finance, working for leading companies in the technology and services industry. Sarah is passionate about continuous learning and advocating for diversity and inclusion, self-development and mental health, and she is excited to contribute to the mission and growth of EmpowHERto.

Deepti has over 20 years of experience leading operations and working for pivoting brands across diverse industry sectors. Over the years she has worn several hats, spanning from heading customer operations to driving strategy and business transformation.

An MBA, a Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified project manager, Deepti is an honor recipient for exemplary leadership and performance. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” is her mantra, and she is always open to a synergized conversation with the youth to hear their stories, gain mutual inspiration, and empower and motivate them to achieve extraordinary milestones.

In her spare time, Deepti loves splurging on Bollywood movies, going on long walks, appeasing her real estate interests, and practicing her fashion-sketching skills!