Ria is a self-aware individual who very early in life understood the opportunities she has been afforded as a female, in comparison to the vast majority of women and little girls whom she encountered while living and travelling across the globe. To make a difference, she joined the World Youth Alliance (WYA, New York) as an intern, and gave an intervention speech on the topic of maternal health at the United Nations 54th Commission on the Status of Women. More recently, she cofounded ‘The Tiebrary’, a company to support marginalized children with books and ipads from the sale of handmade silk ties. As an aspiring leader in the business world, she is committed to engaging in conversations around gender equity in the workplace. Ria is presently working full-time as an Assistant Marketing Manager, while pursuing her MBA at the Rotman School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Waterloo.