Women to watch 2012: Louise Veres

Following the mantra, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” Louise Veres uses her coaching skills to help others overcome their fears.

She found coaching while seeking guidance for herself after leaving her job of 25 years. It was a life-changing experience, causing her to realize that, “Through self-awareness and growth I can move from reaction to self-direction, connect with my internal values and purpose and deliberately create my life from the inside out.”

“Coaching helped me find the clarity I was lacking by helping me gain a true understanding of what was important to me and why and then helped me align those goals and dreams with my values.”

For Louise, the next step was natural. In 2008, she launched her own coaching company, Living Your Best.  “I have a burning desire to coach people and to help people live their best,” she says, explaining her choice of profession.  Louise calls the company “the highlight my life.”

As she moves forward, Louise intends to continue helping people face their fears, offering both group coaching fear workshops as well as customized one-on-one programs.

Given the route her life took, it makes sense that Louise advises, “If we strive to achieve and enjoy something every single day in all the important areas of our lives, life will deliver the balance and value we desire.”


Women to Watch 2013: Salima Syerah Virani

Salima Syerah Virani may be the definition of fearless.

After working as a Bay Street lawyer for seven years, she walked away from it to become editor-in-chief and CEO of Mybindi.com.

“I wanted to be part of something that excited me, to create something that was bigger than a job or me. I believed I had that opportunity with MyBindi.com and so I took it,” she says.

MyBindi serves as the online platform that brings together the consumers, the providers and the patrons of such endeavours. MyBindi.com embraces and showcases all that is South Asian.”

She continues to be a powerhouse, founding both the Toronto Chapter of the Network of Indian Professionals in 2009 and Zentrepreneur Inc. Up next is Zen Campus, a hub where entrepreneurs can meet and work with available networking groups.

Even with this workload, she still practices as a lawyer. Although she gave up Bay Street, she continues to work as a barrister and solicitor at The Law Office of Salima Virani.

Her advice to budding entrepreneurs? “Take some time first to validate your idea, put a plan together, start lean and know how you will differentiate yourself from everyone else that’s doing what you intend to do.”

“It won’t be easy and you’ll likely work longer hours but when it all comes together, it’ll all be worth it.”