We’re excited to announce a new initiative that our CEO and Co-Founder, Hanif Joshaghani, is taking part of. Plato is leading an important program to place over 150 global technology leaders into mentoring roles to support people of color working in tech. Symend prides itself on being an inclusive and diverse workforce. We embrace the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives of all our employees and work hard to make everyone feel included and valued within the company. That’s why Hanif is a perfect fit for Plato’s mentorship initiative.
Plato Circles of Inclusion is a free mentorship initiative that connects people from underrepresented communities to world-class tech leaders through intimate group mentorship. Plato believes that there is currently a gap in what is offered to people getting into technical leadership. They also believe that one of the best ways to learn soft skills is through experience sharing.
Hanif is passionate about his role as CEO and what that means to give back to the technology community. As a serial entrepreneur who has founded three software companies in Alberta, including most recently completing one of the largest Series B fundraising rounds in the province’s history for Symend, Hanif wants to help others learn from his success, avoid some of the pitfalls that come with leading start-ups and coach underrepresented members of the tech community who may not have the resources or access to information leaders like Hanif possess.
“My family fled Iran when I was young and we lived in refugee camps for more than 10 years before settling in Toronto,” says Hanif. “My vision is to create a force for social good and I had an idea – Symend. My role as CEO is to drive the vision of Symend and clearly articulate the values and culture shaping needed to achieve the vision. This includes giving back to the technology community that supported, coached and motivated me on the journey to make Symend one of the most successful technology companies in Canada.”
That is why we are proud to partner with Plato on their Circles for Inclusion initiative and why this initiative truly ties back to our values and mission at Symend.
To learn more about the Plato Circles of Inclusion mentorship initiative, visit their website.