The monthly member spotlight is an opportunity to learn more about a leader at one of our member companies and showcase the work they are doing. This month we spotlight Janic Gorayeb, Founder of Ripple Effect Leadership Consulting. Learn more about Ripple Effect in our Member Directory.
Name: Janic Gorayeb
Company: Ripple Effect Leadership Consulting
Ripple Effect Leadership Consulting is a values’-based driving firm that includes innovative leadership practices to help teams succeed in building a culture of communication and collaboration. We provide fun, strategic and sustainable solutions for organizations and offer workshops and retreats based on the needs of the client. The ripple metaphor symbolizes how behaviours echo throughout an organization. Ripple Effect Leadership Consulting facilitates open, informative, and curious dialogue while helping to advance an organization’s mission, both internally and externally.
What is your role and what is the favourite part of your job?
I am the founder and lead consultant at Ripple Effect Leadership and passionate about creating unique workshops, retreats and programs from the ground up with clients. I guess you could also call me a “concept to completion consultant” in that I continue to work with organizations long after a workshop or retreat to help implement action items as a team.
If you could have a coffee with any business leader or industry expert who would you choose and why?
The first assigned book I read for my MA in Leadership program at Royal Roads University was The Leadership Challenge written by James Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. Leadership is more than an affair of the head, but fundamentally also one of the heart and that was my first take-away from reading this leadership book. To sit down with K&P over a vanilla almond latte would
be an incredible opportunity to talk about how developing leadership capabilities helps to improve the way people around you feel about their workplace and promote more productive organizations.
On a personal level, sitting down with Prince would have been a dream come true because he was a culturally creative person and I think the most fascinating person and musician to live.
What is the number one business book or blog you would recommend?
I recently subscribed to Thrive Global website. Their mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance well-being, performance, and purpose while creating a healthier relationship with technology. I really like this website because there is a balance of articles on leadership, technology and self-compassion – for both personal and professional life.
Looking at your companies future what are you most enthusiastic about?
I am enthusiastic about helping teams build a shared vision for team culture with their organizational values at the centre. Creating more organizations where people want to work based on team culture is exciting! Currently I am working on bringing a leadership retreat to London where the theme will be “Cultivating Personal Leadership.”
What excites you most about the local tech community?
Learning! I don’t have a tech background and I am grateful for everyone out there willing to lend a hand, educate and collaborate in ways I couldn’t have imagined before becoming a Tech Alliance member. A shout out to the Women in Technology P2P group for welcoming me with open arms!
What causes or community activities is your company involved in?
A free community event that I brought to London, ON in 2017 is PechaKucha (means the sound of chit chat in Japanese). PK events provide an opportunity for people to practice public speaking, network and talk about their passions, work and hobbies.
From a personal point of view, I will always have a special place in my heart for St. Joseph’s Hospice because they took such good care of our family and my Dad at the end-of-his-life.