Locelle rebrands to BestHuman

Plus, plaudits for Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce's Bruce Williams, and a must-watch Ted Talk.

Welcome to this week’s Midweek Memo. In this issue, there’s a must-watch talk from GrowthPoints’ Kate Fagan Taylor, an accolade for Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce's Bruce Williams, an update from Outway’s Rob Fraser, and plenty more.

Now, onto today’s briefing. It’s 770 words, a three-minute read.

BestHuman, formerly Locelle, welcomes you to the human era of workplaces

Founder Humaira Ahmed. Photo supplied.

When Victoria Tech Journal caught up with local leader Humaira Ahmed last year, we asked what leadership in a technology business meant to her.

“As an immigrant from Pakistan with a background in software engineering, and being a mother of two girls, it means a lot to have representation,” she answered. “Most CEOs and leaders in the tech industry are men (predominantly white) and that makes it even harder for underrepresented folks to see themselves in those positions. I love that I get to challenge the status quo and break the stereotype, and show my girls — and other girls and women — that they too can lead in a male-dominated industry like tech, and do well. I love that I get to showcase a different face of leadership.”

Now, she’s challenging that status quo within her own organization. Her company, Locelle — an advocate for equitable workplaces and champion of women in tech — announced a rebrand to BestHuman. The change reflects a renewed commitment to creating inclusive, diverse, and empowering work environments.

Locelle's journey began in 2018 with a mission to foster equitable workplaces, primarily focusing on supporting women in technology and advancing a more inclusive workforce. The company's evolution has been marked by several significant milestones. These include a networking app launched in 2019 that provides a safe, secure, and supportive space for thousands of women in the tech industry to connect. It currently boasts over 3,000 users. The company’s mentoring program to support women in tech was also a hit, and the program has facilitated over 2,500 hours of mentorship.

With these invaluable lessons learned over a half-decade of innovation, Locelle is taking the next significant step in its mission to create more equitable workplaces. The company's platform has evolved to support all individuals while maintaining safe spaces for women and underrepresented groups. Its new identity as BestHuman marks the company’s transformation into a learning and development platform, offering coaching and mentoring-based learning programs. BestHuman is dedicated to empowering high-potential individuals, managers, and executives to become the best leaders they can be through the power of group learning, the company says.


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