Souad Farag started her journey as a community advocate at the age of 12 as a member of the Mayor’s youth council organizing city-wide events. By age 21, she co-founded GirlzNiteOut, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing young women ages 7 to 25 leadership training through a fun and exciting environment that fosters Islamic values, love and learning. In her early twenties, she was appointed as a board member of the Calgary Islamic Chamber Institute. This role made her the youngest and only female director in the organization’s history. Over the last decade, Souad has held noteworthy leadership positions within both the Muslim and greater Calgary communities. As a young Arab woman who is visibly muslim, she has defied stereotypes by sitting on a number of boards of leadership initiatives in the public sector, private education, and community collaborations. By profession, Souad is an experienced banker who is known for helping, educating, mentoring and supporting both her clients and staff as they develop strategic plans for their future. Outside of her work, Souad is the middle sibling of five. She loves meeting new people, enjoys adrenaline pumping activities such as hiking and outdoor activities, and is currently learning how to bake.