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Reva Seth

best-selling author, founder, The Optimal Living Lab, Senior Associate Canada 2020

Reva is the best selling author of two non-fiction books and Senior Associate at Canada 2020.

Her most recent, The MomShift: Women Share Their Stories of Career Success After Children was described by The Globe & Mail as a “Brash new take on Working Moms.

Reva regularly writes on gender equity, talent optimization and the new world of her work.

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Gender Equity: We Need A Genuine Shift In The Political Landscape

These next few days are like festival season for political people: in Winnipeg the Liberal Party is gathering for the 2016 Biennial Convention while over in Vancouver, the Conservative Party are also in the midst of their national convention. Gender equity and increasing the number of female candidates will be a hot topic for both. PM Trudeau and his core team have this made this a clear priority for this Liberal Party and for the Conservatives, a more gender inclusive party has to be an essential part of their renewal efforts.
05/27/2016 10:25 EDT
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Canada's Global Opportunity: End Gender Bias Through Our Teenage Boys

Both Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama are at a unique moment in their political careers -- one that lends itself to bold initiatives: an investment in a shared conversation and strategy to shift the frame on gender, care, equality and parenting in the next generation of boys would be groundbreaking. When that generation of men come of age, it would have a transformative ripple effect on families, workplaces, public spaces and relationships.
03/08/2016 04:09 EST
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Canada's Global Opportunity: End Gender Bias Through Our Teenage Boys

Both Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama are at a unique moment in their political careers -- one that lends itself to bold initiatives: an investment in a shared conversation and strategy to shift the frame on gender, care, equality and parenting in the next generation of boys would be groundbreaking. When that generation of men come of age, it would have a transformative ripple effect on families, workplaces, public spaces and relationships.
03/08/2016 04:09 EST
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My Neighbour Thought Skimpy Clothes Invited Rape. I Hope She Reads This

"It's the way these girls dress Manju -- it's just an invitation for a man to come on over and rape them." I was 16 years old, lounging on the front steps and listening to my mom chat with our neighbour about a rape case dominating the local news cycle. As they spoke, I saw my mom's worried eyes repeatedly dart over to me and anxiously frown. A couple of months later my family moved and I never saw or spoke with that neighbour again. But oddly, I thought of her often. It was neighbour Brenda who once again came to mind when I decided to share my experience in the Huffington Post about being sexually assaulted by Jian Ghomeshi.
12/15/2014 05:31 EST
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Why I Can't Remain Silent About What Jian Did to Me

The incident that changed everything was on a Sunday night. The evening started out fine, we had a drink, we smoked some pot, we hung out chatting and a while later we started kissing. Suddenly, it was like he became a different person. He was super angry, almost frenzied and disassociated. I distinctly remember the jarring sense of suddenly being abruptly shaken out of my reverie. I remember thinking "what the fuck is going on here? What's wrong with him?" This morning, I listened to Lucy DeCoutere on The Current sharing her remarkably similar experience and calling for women to not be afraid to tell their own stories. After much thought, I decided to answer her call.
10/30/2014 04:53 EDT
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liberals winning ethnic vote at convention

As a Liberal and second generation Canadian from a "visible minority" group, I think the time has come to drop "ethnic outreach" from our strategy. Instead, we should embrace multiculturalism 2.0 which requires moving beyond what frequently amounts to earnest but ham-handed attempts to "engage cultural communities" (think cliched photo-ops, broken sentences in Hindi or Mandarin, and worst of all, the regular reminders that it was Trudeau's policies that let immigrants in to Canada). For all Mayor Rob Ford's cringeworthy gaffes and offensive comments, he was the one mayoral candidate who didn't pander to "ethnic" communities about their "issues." He treated the issues of "new" and "diverse" Canadians as being the same as all other Torontonians. And it worked.
01/09/2012 12:12 EST
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Why I Hate Santa

For me, my doubts about Santa set in when I was around seven or eight. It was in the throes of the Ethiopian famine, when the Band Aid song "Do They Know Its Christmas?" was constantly on the radio. Looking at the pictures of all these starving children, it hit me that, of course there isn't a Santa.
12/21/2011 12:04 EST

Working Parents Need Real Choices -- Regardless of Test Scores

Undoubtedly, like most public or private initiatives, daycares in Quebec could probably do more to support school readiness. But they are still providing the kind of accessible support that most Canadians families need and can't find.
08/04/2011 01:04 EDT