Stephanie Leheta – 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader Award

Stephanie Leheta

AVP Customer Experience & Engagement, Canadian Tire Financial Services. | @Canadian Tire Financial Services

2021 Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader Award

Stephanie Leheta is a youth and women’s empowerment advocate and leader. She has a 20-year journey of service dedicated to her community, with a deep focus on compassion, diversity, inclusion, and equity. Following the untimely passing of her sister and brother-in-law, Stephanie took on guardianship of their children, in addition to her own. At the time, Stephanie worked as a full time professional, and her entrepreneurial husband had just launched a new business several hours away which meant he was rarely home. During all of this, Stephanie continued working on her International MBA when her young daughter fell ill with a near fatal illness that took months of recovery. Stephanie used the experience of overcoming adversity as a catalyst to wanting to do more for those who are underserved or have no voice. Her contribution has led to the development of Strategic Plans, Diversity Statements, Growth Plans and Fundraising Models with several charities and non-for-profits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way and many more. Stephanie is an ambassador for women and committed to mentoring and inspiring others. She continues to dedicate her time to the advancement of women and paving the way for the leaders of tomorrow.