Toronto Executive Team

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.

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Janeen Brown

Founder & Executive Director

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.

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Franca Bartella

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Franca Bartella advises and oversees the management and strategic priorities of the Leadership Team.

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Sarah Hasnoo

Director of Strategic Sponsorships & Fundraising

Sarah Hasnoo is the Director of Strategic Sponsorships & Fundraising, working with the Executive Team to develop strategic plans to expand partnerships and the support base for EmpowerHERto

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Joy Hwang

Director of People Operations

Joy has spent over 15 years in HR strategy, leadership, coaching, change management, training, and ops, working with leaders in multiple countries and industries.

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Deepti Jolly

Organizational Strategy Consultant

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.

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Vania Hosein

Professional Development Consultant

Vania is a talent development professional with a passion for continuous learning and helping people achieve things they never thought possible. She joins EmpowHERto with 18 years of experience coaching and facilitating across a wide spectrum of industries.

Head of Content

Vanessa Saw

As the head of Content, Vanessa Saw leads EmpowHERto’s content marketing strategy and oversees the editorial team that creates content for a targeted audience across multiple platforms.

Vanessa is a professional marketer with over 10 years of editorial experience developing content marketing strategies for local, national and global companies including an award-winning online publication, a global fintech company and a Fortune 500 company.

“I am excited to be leading a team of talented young womxn at EmpowHERto. My goals are to develop educational and inspirational resources that young womxn need today, as well as support my team to develop their unique voices both a writer and a leader.”