AUGUST 28, 2021

About Toast to Success

Toast to Success is the Canadian Tamil Professionals Association’s (CTPA) signature networking mixer that recognizes and celebrates the achievements of professionals in the Tamil community. Each year, a guest speaker is invited to share their personal experiences in professional development and discuss their journey. Through “big talk” and informal networking, attendees, like yourself, will be able to interact with people from a broad range of industries and careers. 

Our conversation with Maya (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM) is free to attend. The structured networking sessions (10:30 AM- 11:30 AM and 1:30-2:00 PM) will be a great opportunity to meet professionals within your industry and to expand your network! Tickets can now be purchased for $20 for the networking session, but bring a friend and you both save $5 each on your tickets. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

2021 Keynote Speaker

Dr.Maya Shankar - Global Director of Behavioral Science at Google

Dr. Maya Shankar is a cognitive scientist who served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House, where she founded and served as Chair of the White House Behavioral Science Team. She also served as the first Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations under Ban Ki-moon, and was a core member of Pete Buttigieg’s debate preparation team during his presidential run. Maya has a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford, a Ph.D. from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a B.A. from Yale. She has been profiled by The New Yorker and has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, and Forbes. She’s also been the featured guest on NPR's All Things Considered, Freakonomics, and Hidden Brain. She’s a former private violin student of Itzhak Perlman and graduate of The Juilliard School’s pre-college program. Maya is currently a Senior Director of Behavioral Economics at Google and the host of “A Slight Change of Plans,” a podcast about how we navigate change, produced by Jacob Weiss and Malcolm Gladwell’s audio company, Pushkin Industries.

Past Keynote Speakers

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