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The Power of Why is a weekly show where Naomi Haile takes listeners into the lives of creatives and founders about their purpose. Naomi and her guests dive into the topics of personal awareness, intentional living and how they are exploring their creativity. Are we lost if we don’t have ONE ultimate why or can we be fulfilled following our curiosities … let’s find out.
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“I believe that we can hold onto what we believe in one hand, and shake with the other.” Nasrin Sadeghianpour wants you to do the thing that scares you most. A Senior Smart Grid & AI Scientist at BluWave-ai, she has dedicated her career to overcoming climate change by leveraging artificial intelligence — predicting the patterns of renewable energies so humanity can master this earth-saving resource. Nasrin has enriched her studies around the world: publishing her research across notable international journals and successfully applying her knowledge of AI across a series of major industry projects, as a PhD scholar with the smart grid team at Ghent University’s IDLab in Belgium. Today, Nasrin shares how you can embrace change — to discover new horizons in your field, make friends around the world, and fearlessly follow your dreams. This episode is for you if: You believe that the future of learning is holistic, borderless and accessible You feel overwhelmed by the consequences of climate change You moved to a new community and worry about standing out You’ve heard of renewable energy, but don’t know how it works Connect with Nasrin Website: BlueWave-AI LinkedIn: Nasrin Sadeghianpour Connect with Naomi Website: Instagram: @naomiahaile Twitter: @naomiathaile LinkedIn: Naomi Haile This episode is brought to you in collaboration with Invest Ottawa. We teamed up to produce this special series in celebration of International Womxn’s Week, and the women leading in Ottawa. Visit to learn more.
“The connection between women and economic growth is extraordinarily powerful.” Sandra Ng isn’t going to wait for more women to access venture capital. As a founding investor and champion of Invest Ottawa x Capital Angel Network’s SheBoot, a Startup@Berkeley Law Venture Capital University alum, and limited partner with The51 Venture Fund, she’s leading the charge to bring them in. Over the last 25 years, Sandra has empowered women and underrepresented groups through international development projects across 18 countries and public equities in Asia and North America. In Ottawa, she champions companies with social and environmental agendas as an investor with the Capital Angel Network. Today, she shares how entrepreneurs and professionals can chart a mission-driven path — and grow wealth along the way. This episode is for you if: You want to see more women succeed in business You’re focused on growing wealth — for yourself, and your community You want to raise money for your business but don’t know where to start You get nervous about sharing your ideas with experienced people in your field Connect with Sandra Twitter: @sandranng LinkedIn: Sandra Ng Connect with Naomi Website: Instagram: @naomiahaile Twitter: @naomiathaile LinkedIn: Naomi Haile This episode is brought to you in collaboration with Invest Ottawa. We teamed up to produce this special series in celebration of International Womxn’s Week, and the women leading in Ottawa. Visit to learn more.
Paula Whitelocke is synonymous with curly hair care in Ottawa, as a professional hairstylist and the owner of Curly Hair Designs. A mentor, community builder, and musician, Paula recently performed at the National Arts Centre and launched her debut single, “Never Thought” in 2019. “It's important for me to be friends with the child and be friends with the shadow, as opposed to shunning it for existing. It's gotten me to where I am now.” Nothing can stop Paula Whitelocke. A professional hairstylist, the owner of Curly Hair Designs, and educator behind Curls Understood, The Academy, Paula is synonymous with curly hair care in Ottawa. A business owner, mentor, community builder and musician — performing at the National Arts Centre and releasing her debut single, “Never Thought”, in 2019 — Paula shares how creatives and entrepreneurs alike can create a practice of self-reflection, care and compassion to set the boundaries they need to find abundance within themselves. This episode is for you if: You have a hard time setting boundaries because you worry about letting others down You want to practice self-care without rushing through the motions You feel like you don’t have enough time/money/talent/skill to follow your dreams (aka: you’re trapped in a scarcity mindset) You’re a creative whose self-doubt has stopped you from creating Connect with Paula Curly Hair Designs Salon Curls Understood, The Academy Paula’s Instagram: @musicbypaulac Curly Hair Designs’ Instagram: @curlyhairdesigns Curls Understood, The Academy Instagram: @curlsunderstoodtheacademy Watch Paula’s music video for Queen’s Dream Connect with Naomi Website: Instagram: @naomiahaile Twitter: @naomiathaile LinkedIn: Naomi Haile  This episode is brought to you in collaboration with Invest Ottawa. We teamed up to produce this special series in celebration of International Womxn’s Week, and the women leading in Ottawa. Visit to learn more.
Solange Zindzi was born and raised in Amsterdam and has roots in Curaçao, which is an island in the Caribbean. Solange started dancing at the age of 4, and at the age of 10, her mother enrolled her into dance classes to learn more about dance techniques and developing more in her craft. After years of training several times a week, in 2011, Solange graduated from the Lucia Marthas Institute of Performing Arts in Amsterdam, Netherlands as a dancer and dance teacher. This episode is for you if: You don’t want to be defined by labels and titles, but are still figuring out what this means to you practically You want to move to a new city or make a career leap, but you are sitting on the edge You struggle with living in the grey, but you see its immense value [aka fervently moving towards your dreams and also having the patience to let things flow] Solange Zindzi is a professional dancer who has worked with our favourite, internationally-recognized artists. She has worked with recording artists such as Irene Cara, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Justin Bieber, Chayanne, Far East Movement and LMFAO’s Redfoo. Solange is also the author of Solo Jump – a book that explores her lessons learned as someone who jumps and moves towards her wildest dreams. Solange wrote this book to: “inspire and motivate people around the world to believe in their own abilities and desires so they can live their personal best lives”. Connect with Solange Website: Grab Solange’s Book: Solo Jump Instagram: @solojump.thebook Instagram: @solangezindzi Facebook: solojump.thebook Connect with Naomi Website: Instagram: @naomiahaile Twitter: @naomiathaile LinkedIn: Naomi Haile
Christie Noua is the Founder and CEO of In Wholeness - a holistic nutrition and wellness company and brand where she works with people clients to help them construct nutrition and fitness programs that actually becomes a part of their lifestyle. Christie is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and personal trainer who believes that we need practical ways to nurture our lives and health. She has a BSc with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and psychology. And in 2019, she graduated from the Natural Nutrition program of Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. You’ll learn: The difference between being interested and being committed to your wellness journey Helpful ways to integrate exercise, sleep and nutrition into your lifestyle How to create sustainable changes that *actually* acknowledge where you are right now Connect with Christie In Wholeness: Dietary & Fundamentals Lifestyle Course: Whole & Well Podcast: YouTube: Book Time with Christie: Instagram: Facebook: Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile
Lola Plaku is the founder and CEO of Lola Media Group – a firm focused on artist management and brand development. And she is also the founder of Girl Connected - a mentorship program for women looking to build in the music and entertainment industry. You’ll learn: How Lola put on her first show in the music industry How to build rapport, relationships, and creative brands Knowing your shit and commanding a room – why is this important? What work in the music industry is really like when you are managing talent Why Lola worked for free when she was first starting out in the music business How Lola invested in herself earlier in her career (and how it looks slightly different from how she invests in herself today) How to come correct when pitching someone for a job position that is not advertised How to sell / pitch yourself for an opportunity Connect with Lola Website: Website: Twitter: @iluvlola Instagram: @iluvlola Instagram: @beagirlconnected Instagram: @LolaMediaGroup Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile
Stephanie Harrison is the Founder and CEO of The New Happy – a platform that is focused on lasting happiness and how we can actually focus on changing the world for the better. Stephanie is focused on delivering the best content and does so every week, on Sundays. You can check out her newsletter here. You can expect writings and research where she will help you to redefine happiness (for yourself) so that you can flourish. You’ll learn: How to not get caught up in society’s definition of happiness A new definition of happiness (that may actually work better for you) Ways to show up for the people you love when they are in pain More ways to ease on rigid plans and lead with intention (if you are currently obsessed with your 10-year plan) Connect with Victoria Website: Instagram: Newsletter: Subscribe here Email Stephanie: Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile
Victoria Klein is an Author, mindset-meets-business strategist, and systems nerd who helps 6-and-7-figure service providers become streamlined business owners with a business backend overhaul. Over the past 15 years, Victoria has exemplified what it means to “just start”. She started 5 difference business, build skills and is now focused on her zone of genius. What I appreciate about Victoria is that she strategizes with people so that they have more time to think and live their life. Currently, Victoria is focused on her one day intensives – where she helps people complete up to 3 months of work together in 6 hours. That’s right, 6 hours. She’s also writing her 3rd book: a memoir-meets-self-improvement-guide through 15 years of depression, anxiety, false starts, wrong turns, + getting the f*ck out of your own way. Keep up to date with Victoria on Instagram as she shares updates for her book launch! You’ll learn: How to think about your time strategically How to decide what to focus on and asking what is worth your time Why deciding your priorities the night before can fundamentally shift your day What consistency can do for your sanity Living through and with social anxiety and clinical depression Connect with Victoria Website: Instagram: @victoriaklein Subscribe to her newsletter LinkedIn: Victoria Klein Author Page on Amazon Find Victoria on Goodreads Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile 
Rebecca Mazzara is the Founder and CEO of Calita Intimates - a sustainable women's underwear line made in Canada. I first heard Rebecca’s story at a live conversation at the Tease Tea HQ in Ottawa. I was inspired by her journey and the steps that she has taken to build her company from the ground up. Rebecca spent a couple of years at Shopify (in sales) – so she was very comfortable making cold calls, getting outside of her comfort zone and finding the answers to all of her questions. This was helpful when she ultimately decided to start her own business. And in this episode of the Power of Why, Rebecca gets REAL about what it was like starting a product-based business for the first time. Rebecca breaks down her experiences started an intimates line for women with no prior experience in the fashion space. The challenging search for beautiful, yet breathable underwear inspired Rebecca to start Calita Intimates. Her passion for women's health as well as sustainable fashion led her to discover a natural fabric that is more breathable than cotton, biodegradable, and is so, so, so SOFT. Hit play to watch now or listen on The Power of Why Podcast. You’ll learn: How long it really took Rebecca to research and launch her business in the intimates category How to find people and communities in your industry How to put together a ‘tech pack’ Some Fun People & Things We Mentioned Sheena Brady, CEO & Founder of Tease Tea Textile Conference in New York – Texworld Shopify – an e-commerce platform Bespoke suit company – Koviem A revolutionary footwear company - Allbirds Connect with Rebecca Calita Intimates website Calita Intimates’ Instagram Twitter - @RebeccaMaiorino LinkedIn – Rebecca Mazzara Email - Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile 
Seble Alemayehu is the Co-founder of Yenaé (Ye.Nay) - a modern jewelry brand that takes you on a journey inside Africa through its exquisite jewelry designs. Seble believes that “anyone can make jewelry and sell it. We’re telling a story. Doing our part in sharing the rich culture of African countries” and this is why you must listen to her story. She is building something bigger than just a product. She partners with historians and storytellers to offer something that is both curated and thoughtful.  You’ll learn: How Seble started a jewelry line with her co-founder How Seble integrated storytelling into her sales process Why it’s important to listen to your body (burnout is real!) Connect with Seble Website – Instagram – @yenaecollection Twitter -- @yenaecollection LinkedIn – Seble Alemayehu Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile 
Are you a life-long learner? Much of what we are seeing, hearing and experiencing in our world today is that while things are constantly changing around us, we have the agency to navigate what’s going on inside. Specifically, how we choose to invest in ourselves as humans… to grow in life and in our careers. Michaella’s story helps illustrate the power of charting your own path and saying yes to experiences bring you closer to the person that you want to be. In this episode, you will learn: How Michaella navigated living in 5+ cities throughout her childhood and adulthood What Michaella’s experience working in the technology space – at the intersection of product and sales was like What to consider when moving to another country for school The tech world for people with non-traditional degrees Delivering presentations to both C-level executives and business users to influence change. Michaella Munyuzangabo is a Global Solution Manager in the Telecommunications industry. She helps telecommunication companies, across the Americas, understand what is needed to drive their digital transformation in areas such as customer engagement, operational, and financial efficiency. She also leads Community Engagement, as part of the Rwandan Professionals Network of Canada. Michaella is also the creator and host of the podcast, Jase Avec Moi, where she aims to share the lives and stories of Young African professionals. Throughout her experience, she has realized that we cannot do life alone, and therefore always tries to bring together like minded people. In 2014, she also decided to move to NYC to fulfill her MBA at the Stern School of Business at NYU. During this time, she explored different industries and worked in both the Bay Area & the city of New York. Connect with Michaella Website – Podcast – Jase Avec Moi Instagram – @jaseavecmoi_ Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile
How you spend your “down-time” matters to your well-being and creativity. Do we still partake in activities because we simply enjoy it? I have been fascinated by the growing allure of hobbies during quarantine - the “gentle pursuit of modest competence”. What happened to trying activities that are not directly related to your career? In this short episode, Alex talks about his podcast (Time for Your Hobby) and the why it’s important to have hobbies that you enjoy. In this episode, you will learn: The importance of picking up a hobby for your mental health & well-being. Why it feels like you’re listening to a broken record with the rhetoric: “just get started” on what you want to build or create What is the best part of podcasting? Alex has always enjoyed activities and projects that have an audio component to them. Alex started his journey as a rapper. Creating lyrics that uplifted people on their own personal path. And as he got older, he decided to play around with music production programs. Alex focused on building skills and created his musical melodies from scratch, in the genres of classical, hip hop, R&B, and Lo-Fi. And as much as he you enjoyed music, he wanted to explore other avenues of creativity that other people could enjoy. As you will (or have already) notice, Alex has the PERFECT radio host voice. His peers encouraged him to get into radio and as much as I liked the idea, he didn't just want to be on the radio just because he has a deep voice. Alex wanted to make something productive valuable. He had the equipment from his music production days and just went for it. Now, he has an amazing podcast called Time For Your Hobby. He has interviewed over 100 people on his show from across the world, which you can check out here. Connect with Alex Website: Time for Your Hobby Podcast: Time for Your Hobby Podcast Podcast Guide: Useful Podcast Resources Instagram: @timeforyourhobby Twitter: @tfyhpodcast Email Alex at Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile
So much is possible when you are clear about what you are working towards. In this episode, you will learn: How Victory strategically created opportunities to position herself as an asset in the technology industry, without prior experience What is possible when you work backwards from your goals Why it is important to speak directly to your potential customers about their problem BEFORE you launch a product or service The importance of having spaces within the corporate industry for Black professionals to connect and learn from each other Victory Omotayo is an entrepreneur and business coach on a mission to demystify entrepreneurship as a means of propelling women forward into business ownership. Since 2013, Victory has been exploring and learning in the e-commerce space. Victory has launched 3 businesses and after selling her business in 2018, she decided to take her expertise online. Victory wanted to teach others how they too can find success with business. She went back to school for her Master’s in Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology – which was one of the events that inspired her to create Knowledge to Profit™. Connect with Victory Work with Victory - Knowledge to Profit Website – Instagram – @victoryomotayo Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Pinterest – Naomi Haile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile
In this episode, you will learn: How to get into your body and ground yourself (for the love of nature!) How to work through limiting beliefs and feeling what is possible for your life when you surrender What the potential impacts NOT being yourself can have on your health & body The power of unlearning what no longer serves you This week on the Power of Why I sat down with Mikayla Mlynarczyk. Mikayla recounts how things shifted for her in 2019. She felt stuck working her 9-5 job as a media strategist and the experience of feeling totally depleted made her hungry to search of this powerful sense of purpose. She traveled to Poland with her parents to trace her grandparents paths. This was a spiritual experience, which allowed her to start working towards releasing what was no longer serving her (this is surface level - Mik digs deeper in the episode). After the universe forced her out of her 9-5 (through a lay-off), Mikayla has taken the courage to step into her soul’s calling of entrepreneurship and building something from the ground up. She created Lead Your Life (LYL), a community and brand specifically designed to help highly empathetic free-spirited spiritual women leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and creatives free themselves from limiting beliefs that no longer serve them and realize their full potential. Connect with Mikayla Mlynarczyk Book time with Mikayla Instagram - Facebook – Lead Your Life Connect with Naomi Website – Instagram – @naomiahaile Pinterest – Naomi Haile Twitter – @naomiathaile LinkedIn – Naomi Haile
In this episode, you will learn: Why understanding who you are when you are triggered is a part of your healing [13:30] Why self-acceptance is an important piece of authenticity [33:00] This week on the Power of Why I sat down with Meghan Wills. Meghan has 20 years of experience in diverse professions. Her experiences include Mindfulness Coaching and she also has a background in Human Resource Management. Through her work in the professional world and her responsibilities as a mother, Meghan emphasizes the importance of intersectional wellness & diversity. Her passion for inclusion and equity stems from her experience as a Biracial Black Canadian Woman with a Jamaican heritage. Connect with Meghan Wills Meghan's Website Meghan Wills on Instagram The “I’m Good Illusions” article  written by Meghan Connect with Naomi on Instagram and read the full show notes here.
In this episode, you will learn: The importance of asking “how can I be useful” instead of “how can I be successful” to achieve your goal How to communicate and pitch your ideas, products or services to people by outlining their pain points, instead of communicating features. How to get clear on the problem that you solve before you even talk about the product. Why building a solid business is not just about “out of the box thinking” but great execution. This week, on the Power of Why, I sat down with David Beckett. David is the creator of Best3Minutes Pitch Methodology a Pitch Coach, TEDx Speech Coach, Creator of The Pitch Canvas©, the Author of Pitch To Win, and named Freelancer of the Year (in 2019). He conducts pitch workshops for companies and startup accelerators – mainly across Europe and has also coached over 950 Startups to make outstanding pitches and raise over €270 Million investment. Bring Your Pitch to the Next Level and Connect w/ David Beckett Best3Minutes Website David Beckett on Twitter David Beckett on LinkedIn Pitch to Win by David Beckett Download The Pitch Canvas© Creator of The Pitch To Win Masterclass Connect with Naomi on Instagram and read the full show notes here.
In this episode, you will learn: The types of empowered financial conversations you should be having with yourself and your peers Potential money stories that are getting in the way of your growth and An alternative view on retirement. This week, on the Power of Why, I sat down with Melissa Allen. Melissa is a financial advisor and impact investor. She is passionate about sharing what she knows about personal finance, investing, building generational wealth, and creating a legacy that will positively impact our families and communities for decades to come. Melissa strongly believes that mindset followed by action is the key to monetary abundance. With the belief that real, positive societal change happens with our dollars, Melissa is determined to inspire people everywhere, especially those in overlooked, underestimated, and at-risk communities, vote with those dollars. Connect with Melissa on Instagram or send her an email at Connect with Naomi on Instagram and read the full show notes here.
“You have to do what works for you at your own speed”. - Jay Sinha In this episode, you will learn how Jay built a thriving community of 120, 000+ plastic-free enthusiasts and advocates, wrote a book to share an important message and the highs and lows of running a business since the early 2000s. Jay is an accomplished entrepreneur, lawyer, scientist, researcher, writer and policy advisor – with this experience spanning the academic, governmental, and private sector. Most of Jay’s professional experience has thoughtfully been linked to the environment and sustainability in some way. He is so focused on being an educational resource around the health and environmental effects related to plastics. Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon are the co-founders of Life Without Plastic and have since built a global community of plastic-free living enthusiasts and advocates. They help decrease the world's dependence on plastic and educate people about the health and environmental problems associated with plastics. In 2017, Jay Sinha published the book Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy. And he is currently writing a book on morning rituals. Incredible. Jay and I met at a Creative Mornings workshop last year and after hearing his story, had to have him on the show! Connect with Jay: Grab the book: Connect with Naomi:
"When burnout is present, it is impossible to experience well-being". – Richard Balon. How many times have you ignored what your body was saying to you in times of burnout or depletion? How often do you sacrifice your health or sanity for the sake of pleasing others? Whether we are aware or not, our body is constantly speaking to us. Our body is telling us what it needs to be healthy, conscious, and happy. Do we listen? Do we take these demands seriously? In this episode, Mallory Rowan indulges us in a conversation about energy and her personal experience understanding and navigating burnout. And walks us through how she built a thriving business without sacrificing her well-being. Mallory is a 26-year-old entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people create business systems, while respecting their lifestyle. Today, she inspires thousands online, works with entrepreneurs and creatives who want to build and grow their businesses without burnout. She speaks at events, partners with powerful brands, and is actively creating the life she wants to lead. **Also, on August 10th, 2020, Mallory is hosting a free workshop called From Likes to Leads. She will be talking about how to land clients using your free online platforms, by showing up as yourself and ensuring that you never running out of content ideas. Register here: Connect with Mallory: Connect with Naomi:
Fight. For. Your. Joy. What does it mean to fight for your joy? What does it mean to claim who you are and your identity? And do so, unapologetically. In a time where the media, news channels, and advertisers online are vying for your attention and moments of peace, it has become crucial to exercise your boundaries and clarify who you are. As Joan brilliantly put it: "You either become so entrenched in what is happening that you forget who you are or what is happening polarizes inside so much that you start to question who you are." Joan Rupram is a healer and educator focused on ushering wellness as the foundation of sustainable leadership. Bridging the gap between the spiritual and the practical, Joan’s mission is to build the inner caliber of Millennial change doers and new school thought leaders to be and build the change they seek in today's world. Joan on Instagram: Have a meaningful conversation with Joan: Connect with Naomi:
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