Ritu didn’t always feel empowered to be an unapologetic, fiercely authentic leader. While she was highly successful and living the corporate dream in her early career, she realized the person she was in her daily life bore little resemblance to her true self. Her experiences with racism and bullying caused her to minimize the racial, religious, gender and class-based aspects of her identity so she could fit in among business circles. In doing this, she was profoundly unhappy. In turn, Ritu decided to transform her life—she com- pleted her MBA, left her corporate job, launched her own business, became a mindfulness practitioner and teacher, and dedicated her life to helping others become more empowered and inclusive. In 2010, Ritu launched bhasin consulting inc., a diversity and inclusion-focused consulting firm, and has since gained a global reputation for her work. Ritu lives in Toronto, and her first book, The Authenticity Principle, was released in October 2017.