Our Story

Yara Leadership Society is the vision of its founding directors, who independently of each other, had been exploring the creation of a women’s leadership-focused organization dedicated to the advancement of the Iranian-Canadian community. They joined forces in January 2018 to establish Yara, which in Persian means the one who gives a supportive hand to others.

Yara identifies Iranian-Canadian success stories and celebrates and champions the individuals shaping them. Many of these individuals happen to be women.

Yara strives to:

S showcase leaders of Iranian heritage who will be a source of pride and inspiration to the next generation of Iranian Canadian women and provide leadership guidance to them.

H highlight the contribution of the Iranian-Canadian community nationally and globally.

E establish a network and act as a forum where these leaders and aspiring leaders connect.

Yara accomplishes this through conferences, networking events and virtual discussions. It engages both women and men in the pursuit of its vision: lead together, strong together.

Our Team

Yara Society has been initiated by a team of professional Iranian-Canadians passionate for equal rights and equal opportunities.

Board Members

    Parna Sabet-Stephenson

    Parna Sabet-Stephenson is an advocate for women’s advancement, and has led (more…)

        Atoosa Mahdavian

        Atoosa Mahdavian is a commercial litigation lawyer with more (more…)

            Shahram Tabe-Mohammadi

            Shahram Tabe-Mohammadi is an environmental scientist working with (more…)

              Advisory Board

                Mariam Khosravani

                Mariam Khosravani is the Founder of the Iranian American Women Foundation (more…)

                    Reza Moridi

                    Dr. Reza Moridi served as Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science (more…)

                        Maryam Ghiai

                        Maryam is a senior executive with international experience in a diverse (more…)

                            Leila Rafi

                            Leila Rafi is a partner in the Capital Markets and M&A Group of McMillan LLP (more…)

                                Payam Akhavan

                                Payam Akhavan is an international lawyer and professor at McGill University (more…)

                                    Roxana Tavana

                                    Roxana is a Partner responsible for leading our growth in the Toronto market (more…)

                                      Yara Leadership Team


                                        Arezoo Irannejad


                                        Arezoo is a Senior IT Consultant at Capgemini Consulting firm (more…)

                                            Yasna Beheshti


                                            Yasna is a lawyer specializing in insurance defence litigation. (more…)

                                              Creative Design

                                                Ghazal Dehghany


                                                Ghazal Dehghany holds a Master degree in Architecture from Carleton University, (more…)

                                                    Golrokh Bahri


                                                    Founder of a highly impactful crowdfunding startup, Mehrabane. (more…)


                                                        Shima Heidari


                                                        Shima Heidari is a lawyer and was the recipient of the Rising Star Award (more…)

                                                          Technology Support

                                                            Donya Zonoozi


                                                            Donya Zonoozi is the founder and marketing director of Donya (more…)

                                                                Bahareh (Rae) Shahangian


                                                                Bahareh (Rae) Shahangian is a lawyer at Blackburn Lawyers (more…)

                                                                    Hamideh Emrani


                                                                    Hamideh Emrani is a scientist turned writer, blogger, and communicator. (more…)


                                                                        Pantea Maralani

                                                                        Pantea Maralani is a translator/interpretor and an active (more…)

                                                                            Yassaman Nouri

                                                                            Yassaman is the Product Manager for the Data Science (more…)

                                                                              Creative Writing

                                                                                Nazanin Mirzadeh

                                                                                Editor, Yara Newsbites

                                                                                Nazanin is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women, youth (more…)

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