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Meet our Advisory Board

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Tiffany Chang

Orchestra and Opera Conductor
and Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music

Taiwanese-American conductor Tiffany Chang has been recognized internationally for her excellence. She authors a leadership blog called "Conductor as CEO" where she shares how arts leaders may apply ideas that have helped business CEOs succeed. Her "refreshing and thoughtful" leadership on and off the podium has led her to be an active panelist, speaker, and contributor for arts organizations.

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Candice Jay

Vice President
Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital

Candice has over 15 years of experience in the investment management industry and focuses on working with charitable foundations and high net worth families—including women, entrepreneurs and generational families—achieve their long-term financial goals. She holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation, Master Financial Advisor of Philanthropy (MFA-P) designation and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI).


Meg Lizza

Senior Director of Talent
Radical Ventures

Meg Lizza is the Director of Talent at Radical Ventures, an early stage AI-focused venture capital fund based in Toronto and San Francisco. She leads Radical’s human capital efforts by supporting the firm’s talent network and partnering with portfolio companies on their talent management strategy and AI recruitment needs. Prior to joining Radical, Meg specialized in machine learning recruitment in New York City, where she helped build AI research and engineering teams for various hedge funds, private equity groups and other fintech startups.

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Nancy Peterson

Founder and CEO (retired)

Nancy founded the website HomeStars in 2006 to help homeowners find reputable home improvement professionals by sharing their experiences online. In February of 2017, HomeStars was acquired by HomeAdvisor, an IAC company. Prior to HomeStars, Nancy was a category business director for Kraft Foods. Nancy retired in 2020 and is now advises entrepreneurs and business owners.

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Leila Rafi

McMillan, LLP

Leila Rafi is a Partner in the Capital Markets and M&A Group at McMillan LLP. Leila is a prolific speaker on a variety of securities law topics and corporate governance. She won the Rising Star Award – Top 40 Under 40 in 2018 and has won countless awards since, including being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Lawyers in 2022. She also teaches a securities law course at Queens annually. What distinguishes Leila the most is her commitment to mentoring young talent towards and in the legal profession.

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Cara Yarzab

VP, Product

Cara Yarzab is a growth oriented product management leader and general manager.  Learning fuels her personally and professionally.  With a 20 year career in education she has served learners of all ages and stages at fast growing startups like Prodigy Education and Axonify as well as with more established agencies like TVO and publishers like McGraw Hill. She is excited to join the Expansive Leadership advisory board as she remembers what it feels like to be a ‘stuck director’.  

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