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A word about Mante
I am an award-winning leader and DEI practitioner. I have worked with thousands of professionals, just like you, to address organizational diversity, equality and inclusion.
I began my career as an international trade lawyer, where I represented the Government of Canada on some of its most ambitious free trade agreements, including the CETA, the CPTPP and other bilateral free trade agreements.
I know what happens when organizations focus their efforts only on recruiting talent. In all the positions I occupied, I was the only Black woman lawyer. I experienced many barriers from everyday microaggressions, feeling invisible at work, to not advancing in my career. Eventually, I left these positions and began to thrive when I founded my own company. I know what it takes for organizations to not just recruit talent, but to also retain talent. I also know that for employees, board members, leaders and stakeholders to experience inclusion, belonging and equality, DEI must be embedded across the organization.
In 2022, I was appointed the Ontario Bar Association’s Innovator in Residence where I designed a Career Accelerator program to advance Indigenous, Black and other Racialized lawyers in three emerging areas of law: Artificial Intelligence, ESG and Fintech.
I understand the everyday challenges and opportunities boards face. I serve on the Board of Governors of the Ottawa Hospital. I was also an elected member of the Ontario Bar Association Council, and a founding member and former co-Chair of Parents for Diversity, an organization committed to equitable and inclusive education. I am also a former Director of Amnesty International Canada, the Parkdale Food Centre, and EcoEquitable.