Alumni Bios

 Alumni Bios

Saturday January 26, 2019
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Registration is now closed but U of T students and alumni are welcome to come to the conference on Saturday and register in-person!

Keynote address by Samra Zafar (HBSc 2013; MA 2014), Award-Winning International Speaker, Community Leader, Scholar, Author and Entrepreneur

Finding your Purpose
Whether you plan to pursue graduate school, take the entrepreneurial plunge, or venture into the corporate world, transitioning out of university is an exciting and nerve-wracking process. With so many options and expectations, how do you carve your own unique path, that speaks to your passion? Join Samra for an inspiring journey of building resilience, finding your purpose, and navigating academic, corporate and personal success as you get ready to take your next steps!

Samra Zafar is an Award-Winning International Speaker, Community Leader, Scholar, Author and Entrepreneur. She is a top graduate of the University of Toronto, where she won several prestigious awards and scholarships. She now serves as the youngest Alumni Governor for the University, while pursuing a rewarding career in commercial banking.

Samra speaks on a wide variety of topics including authentic leadership, resilience, women empowerment, diversity and inclusion, gender inequality and violence, youth empowerment, and mental health. Her speaking portfolio includes two TED Talks, Amnesty International, WE Day, Women’s Business Network and many major corporations, associations and non-profits across North America and beyond.

Samra has been a guest lecturer in many universities including Yale Law School.

Samra is frequently featured in many major national and international media, impacting tens of millions of people worldwide. Samra’s book, being published by Harper Collins, arrives in bookstores across Canada in March 2019.

Alumni Panellists and Ambassadors

Alumni Panellists will be sharing their first-hand experiences, insights and career stories from a broad spectrum of industries.


Alumni Ambassadors will be at the Alumni & Student Networking Reception to network, answer questions about their career path, and share their experiences at U of T and beyond.