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At 15, I went through a life-changing experience that led me to find purpose in creating social impact. I started "For The Menstruator" empowering over 20,000 people in 10 countries globally. This opened opportunities for me to serve with the biggest organisations in the world impacting over 500,000 people. I went on to share my story on some of the biggest platforms including TEDx, BBC and winning prestigious accolades like the Diana Award, Global Teen Leader and Future25U25. 6 years later, I want to extend my legacy by empowering young people to start their leadership journey today!

Leaders of Today with Ziyaan Virji Ziyaan Virji

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At 15, I went through a life-changing experience that led me to find purpose in creating social impact. I started "For The Menstruator" empowering over 20,000 people in 10 countries globally. This opened opportunities for me to serve with the biggest organisations in the world impacting over 500,000 people. I went on to share my story on some of the biggest platforms including TEDx, BBC and winning prestigious accolades like the Diana Award, Global Teen Leader and Future25U25. 6 years later, I want to extend my legacy by empowering young people to start their leadership journey today!

    The Untold Stories of Menstrual Health, Social Entrepreneurship and B Corp - Madeleine Shaw | E11 | Leaders of Today With Ziyaan Virji

    The Untold Stories of Menstrual Health, Social Entrepreneurship and B Corp - Madeleine Shaw | E11 | Leaders of Today With Ziyaan Virji

    Starting her journey as a feminist leader at university in the 80s, Madeleine shares untold stories of over 30 years as an activist, social entrepreneur and author. She is famously known for her venture Aisle (previously known as Luna Pads), G day and her book The Greater Good.



    0:00 - Episode Intro
    1:58 - Childhood & growing up
    4:00 - Mindset influence
    6:15 - University Experience
    8:00 - Traumatic experiences
    10:30 - Taking action at a young age
    13:20 - Getting into menstrual products & the world of menstruation18:54 - Break 1
    20:05 - First Product Design
    23:55 - Sharing with friends and family
    25:15 - Convincing people to try
    29:50 - Turning it into a business
    35:15 - co-founder relationship38:02 - Break 2
    38 :54 - Evolving the business & scaling
    45:15 - Global impact & change
    50:30 - The meaning of impact
    56:52 - The Greater Good: Social Entrepreneurship for ordinary people who want to change the world
    1:01:15 - Piece of advice & what does changing the world really mean?


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    How I Became A Professional Music Producer and DJ As A Student - Koji Aiken | E10 | Leaders of Today with Ziyaan Virji

    How I Became A Professional Music Producer and DJ As A Student - Koji Aiken | E10 | Leaders of Today with Ziyaan Virji

    Growing up, Koji found his passion for entertaining from an early age through his father who used to be a juggler. But it was only until his summer before university where he found his love for music. In this episode, Koji shares his journey of he became a professional music producer, started his own event company - Kumo Vancouver and is now on a mission to build a platform for other artists to fulfil their dreams as a creative.

    0:00 - Intro
    1:34 - Dad inspiration & background
    3:15 - Dancing in high school
    5:04 - best friend growing up
    7:15 - busking at a young age
    10:45 - mindset going into university
    14:00 - turning point in music
    15:55 - keeping up the balancing act
    17:35 - relationship with school
    21:24 - break #1
    22:30 - living in the nightlife
    25:45 - maintaining a balanced lifestyle
    29:33 - accountability and support system
    32:30 - evolution of KUMO
    36:44 - diving deeper into the growth journey
    40:00 - learning about his why
    42:35 - giving back
    43:41 - break #2
    44:20 - day in the life & inspirations
    48:55 - comparing to others
    51:00 - Vancouver music & party culture55:05 - building your brand
    58:33 - building the community
    1:00:50 - piece of advice
    1:03:00 - outro

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    How I Wrote a Book, Spoke at the UN and Started A Nonprofit About Sex Education: Niyati Sharma | E09

    How I Wrote a Book, Spoke at the UN and Started A Nonprofit About Sex Education: Niyati Sharma | E09

    After going on exchange in Belgium, Niyati realized the importance of Sex Education for youth and the lack of it India - her home country. This inspired her to start her own nonprofit that has empowered over 29,000+ people in India. Niyati's work has been featured and recognized on various platforms like Forbes India, NDTV, TheGuardian and more. She is an author of her own book 'Under the Carpet' and was recently invited to speak in New York at the United Nations Headquarters.

    0:00 - Intro
    1:15. - childhood story
    4:13 - growing up and moving a lot
    5:42 - relationship with brother
    7:20 - exchange in Belgium
    10:00 - should you do summer programs?
    12:37 - mindset shift in Belgium
    14:00 - mindset coming back to reality
    15:55 - the idea for the organization and bringing it to life
    19:10 - riding the momentum
    22:30 - building a team and the leadership component
    27:42 - diving into Pratisandhi
    30:35 - Sex Ed in India & schools
    34:40 - younger men and masculinity
    40:31 - experience of writing a book
    45:22 - early on struggles as a non-profit
    51:00 - what keeps you going?
    54:33 - opportunities from her journey
    1:01:00 - piece of advice

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    How I Became An All-Star Canadian Basketball Player - Kamar Burke (KB) | EO8 | Leaders of Today with Ziyaan Virji

    How I Became An All-Star Canadian Basketball Player - Kamar Burke (KB) | EO8 | Leaders of Today with Ziyaan Virji

    Starting his career as a Basketball player, Kamar Burke (also known as KB) shares with us how he played for the Moncton Miracles and the All-Star team of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL). He also shares how he transitioned his career from starting his own academy, to working as a videographer for famous artists like French Montana, Massari and Tory Lanez and eventually co-founding his own media company Joybox.



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    • 56 min
    How I Started An Award-Winning Non Profit Organization at 15 - Vedanshi Vala | EO7 | Leaders of Today with Ziyaan Virji

    How I Started An Award-Winning Non Profit Organization at 15 - Vedanshi Vala | EO7 | Leaders of Today with Ziyaan Virji

    Starting her journey when she was only 15, Vedanshi shares her story of how she started her non-profit organization - Bolt Safety to create safer and more equitable communities around the world!

    Timestamps:

    0:00 - Intro

    1:00 - background and childhood

    2:00 - moving to Canada

    3:50 - family life

    5:35 - earlier school life

    7:00 - BOLT inception

    9:50 - continuing after a loss

    12:00 - finding your cofounders

    14:10 - expanding BOLT

    16:38 - think like an entrepreneur

    18:28 - what is an “entrepreneur”

    19:56 - break #1

    20:17 - founder & ceo - solo person & fake it till you make it

    23:15 - integrity & work ethic

    25:30 - leadership style

    27:35 - building meaningful relationships

    29:33 - taking BOLT to the next step

    31:18 - what is SAFEHUBS

    33:33 - how can we all be allies

    36:47 - securing funding

    38:30 - selling bracelets to make $

    40:06 - break #2

    41:26 - taking care of one’s self

    43:45 - setting priorities

    45:55 - dealing with expectations

    48:15 - what do awards mean to you?

    50:22 - relationship with her sister

    53:00 - project LIGHTNING

    56:40 - being proud of your culture

    58:30 - piece of advice


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    • 1 hr
    Derek Kesseler: The Untold Stories of Big Brother & Being a Social Media Influencer | E06 | Leaders of Today with Ziyaan Virji

    Derek Kesseler: The Untold Stories of Big Brother & Being a Social Media Influencer | E06 | Leaders of Today with Ziyaan Virji

    Growing up in a small town in Canada, Derek shares his story of how he became a finalist in Canada’s most-watched reality TV show (Big Brother Canada) and his journey of how he became a full-time social media content creator.

    0:00 - Intro

    1:03 - Growing up in a small town

    2:50 - Small-town living shaping who you are as a person

    3:35 - Being a people pleaser

    6:15 - Working in the construction & oil industry

    7:30 - hating my job

    8:30 - the sum of your closest 5 people

    10:00 - moving out and taking that next step

    12:20 - big mindset shift

    17:00 - relationship with best friend

    20:35 - break

    22:15 - transitioning into business and reality tv

    26:30 - starting first business

    33:30 - getting into Big Brother Canada

    37:00 - Big Brother experience

    46:00 - break #2

    47:15 - impact of Big Brother

    50:10 - day to day life

    56:50 - maintaining success

    58:40 - working on mental wellbeing

    1:03:25 - toxic masculinity

    1:05:06 - understanding your why

    1:10:00 - piece of advice

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    • 1 hr 12 min

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