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Ann Divine, CEO Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development Services

Ann Divine, MA, BA (Hons),

Founder and CEO, Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development Services

Ann is an accomplished professional who has extensive experiencing working in government, the justice system, non-for-profit, and other organizations both in the UK and Canada. Recently, Ann left her job in government to pursue her dream as a business woman.

She is an advisor to government, academic institutions, business, and communities. She is respected for her work in the areas of leadership, immigrant women and girls, diversity and inclusion, employment equity, human rights, sexual harassment, systemic discrimination, and other social justice issues. Ann was the first person to raise awareness about the impact of Unconscious Bias behavior in her work to challenge discriminatory practices in Nova Scotia.

Her combined skills, knowledge, and expertise in these areas have been recognized province-wide, nationally and internationally.

Ann’s knowledge and expertise are in high demand and as a result, she is often invited to speak at diverse events.  Organizations such as federal government agencies, Trade Unions, Universities, Business Associations, Non-profit and other corporate institutions has engaged Ann for her knowledge in strategic management and organizational behavior.

Ann’s work features being invited as a conference speaker, keynote speaker, guest lecturer in colleges and universities, workshop presenter, facilitator, and a strong media presence. She has led research in areas such as employment equity, diversity and Inclusion and consumer racial profiling on behalf of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC), and other organizations.

Ann’s work has been recognized both national and international by various groups. This year Ann’s business was featured in the Black Business Initiative magazine as Business of the Week. She was nominated for the Visiting Women Executive Education Program at Yale University and voted top 100 Black women to watch in Canada by the Canadian International Black Women Event and most recently she was the featured member for the Centre for Women in Business.


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