Lida Tohidi

Portraits of Strength features women in STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry. These are the movers and shakers making a better world for future female leaders in STEM. Here are the stories of how they’re changing the ratio, serving as role models for girls and young women across Canada, and inspiring us all.

My name is Lida Tohidi

I am an entrepreneur.

When I was 10 I wanted to be a doctor.

I am proud of being an ambitious risk-taker and the youngest in many endeavours. I have completed an Honours BSc in Canada, and an MBA in Switzerland, both in highly-selective programs. I have also completed successful projects in Australia, Bénin, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Peru, Switzerland, UAE, and USA.

I work as a founder and CEO, consultancy in cleantech

The biggest obstacle I have faced is the ‘age gap’/’grey hair’ issue. I’ve had to overcome it several times in my career, as I tend to be the youngest in whatever position/project with which I am involved.

My advice to women is that there are many websites and organizations for careers/outlooks about the STEM industry. However, there is no one-sized-fits-all approach to choosing your field. The way to truly acquire success is to be passionate about what you do – this is often stated, but not often practised. Best of luck to you!

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Lida Tohidi, Cleantech, Portraits of Strength

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