Dr. Rumeet Billan: The Architect of Educational Change

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Dr. Rumeet Billan is a learning architect who designs learning experiences that build resilience. She is a sought-after speaker and has developed programs, courses and training sessions for the private and public sectors, including universities in Canada and abroad. 

She continues to receive national and international coverage for her engagement in leadership, psychological capital, mental health, workplace culture, and emotional resilience.

The Woman of Many Roles

A serial entrepreneur, researcher, and one of Canada’s Top 10 Power Women in 2020, Dr. Billan focuses on perspective building, potential raising and possibility thinking.

A woman of many roles, Rumeet Billan, is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, author, speaker, and humanitarian. She delivers talks, conducts workshops on the future of education, and provides a platform that encourages youth, women, communities, and organizations to envision what is possible. 

Dr. Billan is the creator and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership and the CEO and owner of Women of Influence. Through research, training and experience, she works to transform workplace cultures that foster trust, belonging, and resilience.

After receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, she led the groundbreaking national research study on Tall Poppy Syndrome, which sheds light on the effects of the silent systemic syndrome on working women. She also co-led the Canadian Happiness at Work Study with the Canadian Mental Health Association. 

The Keynotes Speaker 

Dr. Rumeet Billan handles various topics that touch on all realms of the human experience. 

  • The Science of Belonging- The workshop looks at what belonging means at work, the consequences of exclusion, and the difficulties leaders encounter when fostering a sense of belonging.
  • Redefining Resilience– Research shows that resilience can be learned. This session focuses on developing strategies to build resilience by examining the capabilities of psychological capital, enhancing the experiences you’ve had navigating change and reaching your full potential.
  • The Science of Trust– The session examines the neuroscience of trust, misperceptions, and navigating distrust. It explores the connections between transparency, vulnerability, and trust and presents the tools and strategies to lead and manage trust. 
  • Bias Awareness & Anti-Racism– To foster an inclusive workplace, the session introduces bias and strategies that challenge biases and stereotypes (both positive and negative) that exist in subconscious minds.
  • Gender-based Analysis Plus Training– The session examines your assumptions as individuals and considers how these assumptions may unintentionally result in unfair consequences for others. It aims to understand and move beyond your preconceptions and develop methods to meet needs utilizing the analytical process.
  • Change Styles– It offers context for how individuals around leaders at all levels could perceive and react to their preferred management style via change and insights into personal preferences for change management.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome– An overwhelming number of women in Canada have experienced Tall Poppy Syndrome in the workplace. The session will examine the results of The Tallest Poppy and discuss how this silent systemic syndrome has affected psychological health and workplace performance.
  • Psychological Health and Safety– The session explores the 13 factors of psychological safety and health and common misconceptions about them, such as unearned autonomy and a shield from accountability. 
  • Who Do I Want To Become?– The train-the-trainer course is designed for teachers and guidance counsellors interested in offering the Who Do I Want To Become? workshop to students online or in person.
  • Online Course: Emotional Intelligence for Professionals– The online course focuses on understanding emotional intelligence competencies for personal and professional development. 

Taking Responsibilities 

Dr. Billan is the Chair of the Board for Fora: Network for Change, a global non-profit that aims to organize girls and young women for economic progress locally and globally. 

In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for First Book Canada. She has participated in social impact activities that enhance access to and quality education in North America, South America, and Africa since 2004.

She has worked to build three schools and supported 120 scholarships, two full-year breakfast programs, and five soccer tournaments around the world. In 2019, she donated more than 280,000 brand-new books from various publishers and authors to be distributed to children and youth in need across the Niagara region in Ontario, Canada.

Her vision inspired the construction and growth of a teacher’s college in rural Kenya, and she continues to champion causes and direct projects that advance human welfare.

The Deserved Recognitions 

The Women’s Executive Network has twice recognized her as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women; she frequently appears on Global News, CTV, and Breakfast Television; and she has been featured in Forbes, The Globe and Mail, and The Financial Post. 

She has presented at TEDx on The Future of Education, which was adapted into a workshop for students. 

Her first book, Who Do I Want To Become? became a bestseller. It was created for all, regardless of age, who have struggled to decide what they want to be when they grow up.

She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Health Leaders in 2021 and one of the Top 10 Power Women in Canada in 2020. In addition, she received the Disrupter Award, Pink Attitude Evolution, 2019, Instructor Award of Excellence, McMaster University, 2018 and many more. 

Dr. Rumeet Billan leads national groundbreaking studies and partners with organizations that are interested in conducting research. For more information about their work and services, visit their website at http://rumeet.com/

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