EP 10 – Personal Leadership Journey as an Arab woman

EP 10 – Personal Leadership Journey as an Arab woman

Diane Merhi’s story is a testament to the fact that there is no one set pathway to leadership. In this Leadership Talks, Diane shares her personal journey, beginning as an office administrator, transitioning to educational assistant, and eventually taking on teaching and leadership roles. Her lived experiences as a first-generation immigrant navigating the school system, combined with her experiences as an educator, have deeply informed her approach to leadership.  

Diane also discusses the importance of representation, including different perspectives when building your staff team and actively cultivating inclusive spaces for students and the school community so that they feel they belong. She points out that there is no “easy button” to leadership and encourages colleagues to believe in their self-determination, hard work and resilience. She invites everyone to continue to question current practices and processes to create positive change.  
Listen now for more valuable takeaways shared by Diane Merhi.


  • Diane Merhi,  Ottawa-Carlton District School Board


  • Lawrence DeMaeyer – Professional Learning Advisor, Ontario Principals’ Council
  • Susie Lee-Fernandes – Director of Professional Learning, Ontario Principals’ Council

Episode transcript coming soon

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