Caroline Codsi, ICD.D.

A passionate and strategic leader, Caroline Codsi has had a stellar career in the corporate world including VP and SVP roles within major organizations.

Caroline is the Co-Founder of Synclusiv and has been passionate about equity ever since her childhood, growing up in the Lebanese civil war. This is why she founded Women in Governance in 2010, leveraging decades of executive experience in the corporate world, she relentlessly worked with her team to propel women through the glass ceiling and help progressive organizations concretely and sustainably close the gender gap in the workplace.

Her passion for equity is also why she has decided to widen the scope of her mission in order to include all under-represented groups, by co-founding Synclusiv with her long-time partner and friend, Nicole Piggott. Caroline’s mission is to help create an inclusive workplace where all employees feel in sync and valued, and where diverse perspectives are encouraged as this is the best way to drive individual and team performance and achieve organizational excellence.

A Citizen of the world, fluent in four languages, and having lived on three continents, Caroline was born in Beirut. A graduate in Human Resources from HEC Montréal as well as in languages and foreign civilizations from l’Université de Paris VII (Diderot), Caroline earned a scholarship and was valedictorian, ambassador, and examiner for the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)’s Program at McGill University.

She sits on the boards of the Quebec Labour Council, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Alexa Translations.

A highly sought-after speaker, Caroline has addressed audiences across the globe, including two TEDx (100K views). Widely quoted in national and international media, she is the recipient of numerous awards from prestigious organizations such as the United Nations’ Women’s Committee, the Quebec Business Women Network, The Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Femmessor or the New Delhi Women’s Economic Forum, to name a few.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominated Caroline on Canada’s National Gender Equality Committee and Mayor Valérie Plante on the City of Montreal’s Business Committee. She was also recognized as a Top 20 Diversity Leading Figure in Quebec, Top 75 Canadian Immigrant, Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and Top 100 Entrepreneurs changing the world.

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