Inspire and uplift

Inspire and uplift

< Back to Articles | Topics: Working for you | Contributors: Faten Alshazly (Principal & Chief Creative Officer, WeUsThem) | Published: March 1, 2023

Who are you inviting to your table?

As I look back on the past year as Chair of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I’m also looking ahead to International Women’s Day.

The theme for this year’s celebration on March 3, 2023 is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.” In my leadership role at WeUsThem and more recently, HealthEme, I’ve been proud to advance young women entrepreneurs. We need to see and celebrate women in STEM industries.

In my Chair’s Message last month, I reflected on my first Chair’s Breakfast, which was held with a group of young women working and studying in STEM. I called on you to reach out to these bright minds to support them now, so we can see them leading our organizations in the future. It’s important that thought leaders become mentors to new generations of talent.

Creating leadership through mentorship is one of the best ways we can affect real change when it comes to women in the workplace. And one of the best places to create leadership is in the boardroom.

In my work with Women Get On Board, I’ve been able to see the impact of women in the boardroom first-hand. Women Get On Board connects, promotes, and empowers women to corporate boards through an engaged community of women and men in Canada.

I encourage you to voice your commitment to advancing gender diversity in the boardroom. Get involved with Women Get On Board by visiting Or, sign up for the 50 – 30 Challenge at

As the current Chair of the Halifax Chamber, I had an opportunity to gather together many of our past Chairs for a discussion on the Chamber’s future just a few weeks ago. We have had wonderful Chairs in the past, and during this meeting, we had a visual representation of how far we have come. We hosted four female past Chairs in the room at one time, who all served as Chairs in the last six years.

Having a diverse group of voices at your boardroom table is vital to success and innovation for any business or organization. If you haven’t already, it’s time to prioritize and uplift women’s voices in your workplace.

I’d like to thank the Halifax Chamber members for a great year as Chair. I was honoured to meet with so many members, hear their stories, and be reassured in my belief that Halifax is a growing, vibrant city with so much to offer.

Our collective approach to growth and opportunity has evolved quite a lot in the last few years, and I am proud to be part of an organization contributing to these changes. I look forward to meeting with even more of you in the coming years and to continue supporting the Halifax business community.

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