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Jasmeet Sidhu

Filmmaker and writer

Jasmeet Sidhu (@JasmeetSidhu) is a New York City based producer, writer and filmmaker. Her background and accomplishments have spanned the gamut of music, television, journalism, international diplomacy and social entrepreneurship, including presenting at the White House and United Nations, and working with a variety of artists and companies including Jay Z, Taylor Swift, Facebook, Apple, Google and more. Believing strongly in giving back, she also teaches, writes and speaks extensively on leadership, youth engagement, and entrepreneurship.

Originally from Mississauga, Ontario, at 16, she co-founded an award-winning environmental organization, the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance (www.peyalliance.ca), which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received her Master of Science degree, and the University of Toronto.

She completed her Masters degree from Columbia University in New York City and studied Peace and Conflict studies at the University of Toronto. At the age of 21, Jasmeet was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women. Born in Malaysia and raised in Canada, she currently splits her time between Toronto, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Visit: JasmeetSidhu.com, Twitter (@JasmeetSidhu)
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I Don't Want to Be the Only Minority at the Table. I Want to Add More Chairs

I remember so distinctly staring around at the room of Toronto Star editors and the people around me, including my own fellow interns, and I remember the exact moment of realizing that everyone in that room, except me, was white. I often believe its all too easy when you exist as a member of the "other," like a minority community like ours, for someone to cling to the idea of being the "first one," the "only one" and achieve what they can in the world for themselves and then go home with the pride of that recognition and nothing else. What if instead of believing there are limited seats to the table, we all chose to add more chairs?
04/01/2015 01:09 EDT