The road to a “new normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be long, uncertain, and bumpy, building resilience will be vital. Resilience is a capacity to recover and grow as a result of challenging times. Newcomers and immigrants need to incorporate strategies that would enable their rapid career recovery through upskilling and reskilling.
This week’s episode is all about how Farah is leading the way forward as an exemplary leader. I discussed extensively with shared Farah the practical strategies that have helped her to climb the corporate ladder as a young immigrant.
Farah is a Financial Services Partner in the Global Business Services arm of IBM and serves as the Global Lead Account Partner for TD Bank Group. She is a seasoned Clients & Markets leader having spent the last 15 years exceeding industry and account growth targets for some of the world’s leading professional services and technology power-house in Canada, the US, the UK, and continental Europe. Before joining IBM, Farah held financial services leadership roles at KPMG Canada, CSC UK (now DXC Technology), PwC UK, and PwC Canada.
Farah has focused the last few years of her career on all things technology and cognitive enabling the world’s largest banks to meet global regulatory demands, streamline their operations, exceed growth targets, and serve employees and customers to the best of their ability. In addition to Ascend Canada, Canada’s largest organization for Pan-Asian leaders, Farah sits on the board of the Empire Club of Canada, Canada’s leading and oldest speakers’ forum. Farah also sat on the United Way of Toronto GenNext board and the Campaign Cabinet for two years and is very passionate about inclusion especially as it relates to women and visible minorities — having spoken at length on both topics at industry events. Prior to financial services, Farah developed the corporate sponsorship program at her alma mater, McGill University, and was a serial entrepreneur in oil & gas, telecom, and Silicon Valley since the age of 17.
In her free time, Farah runs, cycles, and chases after her 4-year old daughter, Ari. Farah, her husband Jahan, and Ari established their home in Leslieville, Toronto, after moving back to Canada from London, the UK in 2015. She speaks English, Farsi, and Hindi/Urdu fluently.
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