Meet Priyanka Mehandiratta.

Founder and CEO, Unmute

Toronto, ON



What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?

People often ask me if I’ve always wanted to be a CEO. While I always knew I wanted to inspire an equal and inclusive world, I never imagined I’d end up doing it from this seat.

Fighting for gender equality is something I am truly passionate about and dedicated to. I'm committed as ever to tearing down the barriers that keep our daughters from living up to their potential. The unfinished business of empowering girls/women is urgent work that we can only complete together—so let's keep going.

How did you come to be in this position?

I was born and raised in India. Being the firstborn in my big family, I had to be the role model for her siblings and dozens of first cousins. Speaking up or going against the rules wasn’t an option. When I came to Canada, I brought the same conditioned values. This hindered my growth opportunities in my career. My silence was often misunderstood.

Now, fast forward a few years.

I believe that women have the power to shake the world. But before they can do that, it is imperative to shake the myths that hold them back from making change. If there is one thing that I have learned in my life, it’s the power to use my voice. It changed my life and career trajectory.

My passion for women empowerment and leadership has led me to pursue opportunities that align with those values. I’ve taken those learnings and beliefs and founded Unmute. It was a solution to turn my pain into my passion.

Unmute creates a unique and nurturing ecosystem for women and allies to find space to use their voice and share their thoughts without fear of being judged through personalized learning experiences. The only way we get ahead is to unmute yourselves.

What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?

Here's my advice to all the girls and women out there - “The motivation you are looking for outside is inside of you. Nothing works unless you do.”

If you’re thinking of starting a business, stop and ask yourself: What is your true passion? What makes you the most excited about what you are doing? The difference between those who push through difficult times and those who quit is passion. Passion and impact have to work in unison for a company to be successful.


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