Member Spotlight: Leila Lavaee

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Meet Leila Lavaee, the founder of Leadership IN Women.


Leila Lavaee is a travel enthusiast, enabler and an entrepreneur. She is the Founder & Chief Travel Designer of “Travel Design by Leila Lavaee”(@travel.design.by.leila). Travel design by Leila Lavaee is the boutique travel concierge and agency that creates once-in-a-lifetime trips and experiences for travel lovers.

Leila traveled to 50 countries and her mission is to educate, inspire and assist travel lovers to fully explore the beautiful world we live in.

Leila and her team recommend and arrange everything from relaxing stays to heart-pounding adventures, romantic honeymoons, babymoons, family holidays and corporate retreats.

Prior to pursuing her passion and starting her own business, Leila spent 15 years in strategy, analytics and digital transformation in large corporations. Leila is an engineer by trade and holds a Masters of Marketing Analytics from the University of Southampton, UK.

Leila is passionate about empowering and coaching people especially women. She leads a community of women in tech and participates in programs designed by the Government of Canada for mentoring newcomers and minorities.

Since the lockdown, Leila started running virtual travel series to keep the spirit of travel alive and now she is focusing on showcasing local travel and in canada travel. So far we have explore 14 destinations.

What is an achievement that you are very proud of?

Since the lockdown, I started running virtual travel series to keep the spirit of travel alive. This was an immediate mental shift and pivot to keep myself motivated and excited during the very difficult weeks of staying at home.

What is a piece of advice that you could offer others who would like to follow in your path?

You would need a lot of burning passion to start and you need to learn to build resilience-It’s like any other muscle. Develop a habit of giving and co-elevating by empowering and collaborating with others.

What has kept you feeling driven and motivated even during the harder parts of entrepreneurship?

My passion to inspire, educate and assist travel lovers about different aspects of travel. Getting support from my allies has been helpful.

What made you decide to pursue your business?

Travel planning was a hobby for me for the longest I can remember because I was great at it and I loved it at the same time- It is certainly my zone of genius. But considering it as a career shift was because of noticing a need in the market beyond my passion for travel. As I was getting busier and the corporate life was becoming more demanding, the travel planning turned into an exhausting task for me. Our travel needs were getting more sophisticated and beyond just scratching the surface.

I saw a need to provide personalized travel planning as a service that comes with the detailed itinerary and then arranging everything in the background.

How do you hope to see your business grow?

I am looking for more automation and growing my travel designers who aren’t your typical travel agents.

Is there a message you’d like to share with other female entrepreneurs?

I always believe in elevating and empowering others. I always looked for ways to support other businesses and promote them as much as possible. Also, I encourage all of us to look into collaboration more. One thing that Covid proved to us and we haven’t seen it before is the amount of collaboration and innovation that was created. How could we continue this collaboration and innovation pace moving forward?

How has CanWCC helped you?

By sharing resources but I am certainly hoping to benefit more from the services offered.

Talk to me about:

  • Travel related questions- Where can we travel? how travel has changed? Safe travel?
  • Entrepreneurship journey
  • How to balance work life and travel more- I created a framework for that

Get in touch:

leila@traveldesignbyleila.com

@travel.design.by.leila