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About the City's Organizers
Jessie Kaur Lehail is a communicator, cultural creative, and public speaker. She owns a public relations consultancy and holds a masters in public relations/communications. Using the power of storytelling, Kaur Lehail's work stems from lived experiences, academia and is driven from a place of inclusiveness and passion for social justice. Kaur Lehail is the co-founder of Kaur Project, a globally recognized, online safe space where Sikh women, across generations, talk about everything, including religion. The project inspires Kaurs to see the brilliance in their own narratives and invites readers to understand the diversity within Sikhism. The stories are quilted together from pieces of personal philosophy, experiences of struggle and their corresponding moments of catharsis, and axioms by which to live. Kaur Project has been featured in Allure Magazine, Elle, Vogue, NBC News, Harper's Bazaar, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, ELLE, Buzzfeed, CBC, and Canada's History Magazine among others. A committed activist focused on feminism, dismantling racism, understanding diversity, and the power of stories, Jessie’s previous keynote addresses include Apple Headquarters, University of Berkeley, and the Toronto Labour Commission. Kaur Lehail is also the founder of cultural projects Unseamly Borders, Indian Influence, and the Intersect, which focus on the politics of fashion, food, and intersectionality, respectively. She recently founded, Social Foundry, a social and community impact incubator. A daughter of immigrants, Kaur Lehail was born and raised in Kamloops and currently lives in Vancouver.