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Dr. Rumeet Billan Acquires Women of Influence

Dr. Rumeet Billan, a serial entrepreneur, researcher, and expert on workplace culture, has acquired the Women of Influence organization. Based in North America, the organization offers solutions for workplace gender equality and women’s advancement. Dr. Billan will take the reins as chief executive officer on December 1, 2022.

Dr Rumeet Billan

Dr. Billan brings almost two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, business development, leadership training and workplace transformation. In her new role, she will expand on her mission to revolutionize workplace cultures. Through research, training, and experiences that foster trust, and belonging, she cultivates a genuine culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“Women of Influence launched 28 years ago, and has gone through quite a bit of growth,” said Dr. Billan. “This is a pivotal and transformational time. Thrilled to be at the helm of this celebrated and respected organization. I look forward to the opportunity to steer it in a new direction. I want to expand on our content and services, provides value to our community, and introduce new initiatives that will help our members and partners thrive in today’s world.”

“It has been an honor for Stephania and me to lead Women of Influence over the past seven years,” said Alicia Skalin, Co-CEO and Head of Events, at Women of Influence. “We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to the evolution of the organization. And the massive growth of the community.”

“Dr. Billan is bringing a fresh perspective, new areas of expertise, and decades of experience to Women of Influence,” adds Stephania Varalli, Co-CEO and Head of Media, Women of Influence. “As we start our next chapters, we are confident we’re leaving the Women of Influence community in the right hands.”

Dr. Billan’s vision

Through global events, digital media, signature awards, research, and consulting, Women of Influence reaches a diverse community of professionals. Women of Influence is present across Canada and internationally. The organization focuses on making change for women and non-binary professionals. The brand’s signature programs include its Top 25 Women of Influence Awards and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.

Dr. Billan’s work focuses on creating platforms that encourage youth, women, communities, and organizations to envision what could be possible. Women of Influence will continue to build on the growth the organization has experienced since its inception. In addition to the expansion of service offerings for its members, the organization will turn a fresh chapter. It will be evolving to meet the changing needs of today’s professionals and workplaces.

Since 2004, Dr. Billan has contributed to social impact initiatives that improve access to and the quality of education in North America, South America, and Africa. Recently, Dr. Billan donated more than 280,000 new books from various publishers and authors to children and youth in need in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Billan continues to support causes, and lead initiatives, that promote human welfare.

To learn more about Dr. Billan, please visit

About Women of Influence

Now in its 28th year, it’s one of North America’s leading organizations. It provides insights and inspiration, perspectives on key issues, and opportunities to connect. Its signature programs include the Top 25 Women of Influence Awards and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. For more information, please visit

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