Power 5 Interview with Bina Kamath
Today, we would like to feature a long-time volunteer of Women in Leadership and recognize the incredible contributions that Bina Kamath has made to the organization. Heartfelt thanks to you, Bina, for your passion, dedication, and commitment to WIL's excellence over the past 5 years as Chair and Executive Director for WIL Calgary, mentor, and speaker! Last fall, Bina joined us as a Director on our Board of Directors. As she continues her leadership journey and following her passion, we wish her much success as she recently started a National non-profit organization; Orion’s Reach. Orion’s Reach has a mission to provide an opportunity for everyone to experience the benefits of a custom and structured mentorship program.
Bina has a passion for helping others pinpoint their joie de vivre, whether that be professionally or personally. Her story is both motivational and aspirational. She started as a stay-at-home mom with two children and eventually realized she wanted to get into the workforce to make a name for herself. Bina relentlessly and tirelessly climbed the corporate ladder to achieve her goals and exceed everyone’s expectations. Orion’s Reach is truly a labour of love and her pride and joy.
What are you most passionate about?
Empowering individuals to reach the stars and building strong communities to foster inclusivity, collaboration and trust.
Who is your greatest role model?
My father who always told me to dream big and never let anyone tell you that you can't do something because you're a girl. I have several role models who have inspired me and shaped my journey. My husband and daughters have played a huge role in motivating me regardless of path chosen - be it entrepreneurship or board certification. They have been there every step of the way.
What is your greatest accomplishment in your career trajectory?
Being in a leadership position with complete autonomy to strategize, mentor and be an independent thinker.
What advice would you give to women who are building their careers?
Don't be afraid to ask questions and don't get out of the race before participating. Change is constant so embrace it by learning something new everyday.
What do you think is the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
Biggest challenge is communication with technology taking over our lives. A few others that come to mind is being unsure of what the future holds with the pandemic and the current landscape. A challenge that will be continue to be at the forefront is equal rights and being recognized by our achievements and not by gender
Lastly, are you able to tell us a little bit more about Orion’s Reach?
Orion's Reach is a federal nonprofit based on a mentorship model. Each mentee is offered a customized program created to meet their needs specifically their areas of interest, skill set and career strategy. The mentorship program isn't exclusive to a certain demographic or sector and is all encompassing. For more details, check out our website www.orionsreach.com.