Ann Divine, Founder & CEO
Ann Divine, CEO of Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development Services. With extensive experience in human resources management, human rights and social justice issues, Ann's experience has led her to work with individual, organizations, corporations and communities in Canada and the United Kingdom. She is respected for her work and is often called upon to provide expertise in the areas of career and professional guidance in Leadership development, executive coaching and mentoring, business advice, social research, strategic planning, human right education, diversity and inclusion, motivation and employee engagement. Ann also offers specialist training in Cultural Intelligence and Unconscious Bias - A first for Nova Scotia.
Ann has lived on three continents, worked in London, UK, holding senior management positions in diverse organizations. She as also worked at all levels of government and continues to provide advice and guidance when required. Ann has also partners with diverse organizations to support them in diverse initiatives such as strategic management, organizational change, and finding innovative solutions to everyday challenges.
Ann is a well-known public speaker nationally and internationally. Her unique style of empowering and energizing her audience by speaking directly to current issues that touch people and raise their understanding of their emotional intelligence that sets the individual apart and showing their unique self. She also has an extensive media and social profile. Her consultancy was featured During week of March 31, 2016, as "Business of the Week by the Black Business Initiative. In addition, Ann was nominated to attend the prestigious leadership program called, Visiting Executive Exchange Program at Yale University, School of Management.
As an accomplished professional, Ann has been recognized for her "Exceptional Contribution to Correctional Services" and work in human rights education and training in 2011 by the Honourable Ross Landry, Justice Minister, and Attorney General, Nova Scotia (2009-2013). In November 2014, the Honourable Diana Whelan, Deputy Premier, and Attorney General in the Nova Scotia has praised Ann for her " Demonstrated Extraordinary Leadership and Determination in her efforts to empower Black and Immigrant Women" in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Ann also founded and chairs the "Black and Immigrant Women in Business Network." Celebrating Black and Immigrant Women with small home businesses, empowering women to define their own destiny. This work has also caught the attention of the media and the Honourable Megan Leslie, Member of Parliament, Canada in 2014.
Ann is a valued member of her community and she is regularly asked to speak and lend her expert knowledge in various capacities including board membership and advisory panels from the corporate to community which includes Saint Mary's University, Halifax Partnership, Halifax Libraries, International Women's Forum, and the Black Business Initiative Community Investment Fund. She is also a mentor and sponsor to many young people in her community.