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Dr. Georgette Zinaty


Executive Vice-President, Corporate Class Inc.

Founder and CEO of WHEW! Women Helping Empower Women

Promoting WHEW! through:

Dr. Georgette Zinaty is currently the Executive Vice-President at Corporate Class Inc. and Practice Lead for their Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Zinaty holds a Bachelor degree in English and Political Science, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Liverpool, a Master of Science from the Henley School of Business, and a certificate on Leading Strategic Change within Organizations from Harvard University.


Dr. Zinaty holds a Doctorate in Business Administration—a joint program with the Rotman School of Business and the Henley School of Business. Her research focuses on business leadership, diversity, inclusion and the future of leadership. She is also a Professor at Western University as well at the Rotman School of Business.

Dr. Zinaty is a strong advocate for leadership and inclusion within organizations. She is a frequent contributor and thought leader to Forbes on issues of leadership, inclusion and business and has been a frequent global panelist, keynote and a public speaker, including two TEDx talks, and most recently at the World Diversity in Leadership Conference alongside Martin Luther King III, world leaders and Julia Gillard Former PM of Australia. She is the recipient the Canadian University Productivity Award as well as the Stepping Up Award in recognition of innovation in the workplace.


In 2018, Dr. Zinaty was named an “Immigrant Woman of Inspiration” by the publication Canadian Immigrant and she has been recognized by the Premier of Ontario and Federal Members of Parliament in Canada for her volunteerism and work in the community. She serves as a Senior Advisor to Nobellum, a non-profit social and technology enterprise dedicated to carving out a space in the technology industry for Black founders in STEM.


Dr. Zinaty is on the Board of Advisors for the Entrepreneurship and Leadership Learning Alliance (ELLA at York University), Fund Director at the Creative Hub 1352, and is the Co-Chair of the inaugural Canadian Chapter of ChIPs, a global organization that supports women working in intellectual property and technology.


Dr. Zinaty is the Founder of a not-for-profit called WHEW! Women Helping Empower Women and she has just published a second edition of her book on the scarcity of women and diversity in leadership called Why Not YOU? The Power of One. The Power of Us. All proceeds from book sales go to support WHEW!


In 2022, Dr. Zinaty was awarded the CILAR Aspiring Innovator of the Year Award. This inaugural annual award recognizes Black, Indigenous Peoples, and People of Colour who are aspiring innovators from across Canada positively impacting their communities and demonstrating great innovations. She is also a nominee for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.


On June 30 of this year, Dr. Zinaty was honoured with the Mississauga-Malton Remarkable Citizen Award recognizing trailblazers and volunteers whose invaluable contributions make their cities, communities, our Province of Ontario, and Canada a tremendous place to live and thrive.

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