Congratulations to our colleague Laarni Paras on being named to the 2021 GRIT Future List! Sponsored by GreenBook, the GRIT List recognizes leadership, professional growth, personal integrity, and a passion for excellence in the next generation of insights leaders. This award comes on the heel of being named a finalist for the 2020 Women In Research Diversity Champion Award.

Laarni was invited to speak at the Greenbook GRIT Forum on January 26 where she joined industry leaders to talk about what’s shaping the future of the insights industry.

Laarni is a Research Management Associate who is responsible for managing primary and secondary research solutions and driving high quality insights and strategic recommendations for a variety of clients.

In addition, she has been a leader in several of our internal teams working to embody our philosophy of helping others succeed. Most recently, she co-founded our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team where she helped develop our DEI strategic plan to ensure our on-going processes, from recruitment to research practices, are more inclusive and equitable. And, as part of our mental health committee, she was a key promoter of ensuring resources specifically for BIPOC mental health were available. Laarni also started our very first meditation program!

Outside of Sklar Wilton & Associates, Laarni gives her time generously to a number of important groups. She currently sits on the Research Ethics Board at the University of Toronto, advises non-profits on their research projects as part of Endeavour Consulting for Non-Profits, and is a board member of Insights In Color, a community for multicultural market research and insights professionals. She is also a regular alumni volunteer at George Brown College where she provides leadership and mentoring opportunities to GBC students.  

Prior to her market research roles, Laarni worked in community-based research with a focus on developing programs for marginalized groups. She designed and conducted anti-oppression training for organizations to better serve their communities by addressing their intersectional needs. She also created leadership programs for newcomer women and women with disabilities, and contributed to the Migrant Mothers Project to help shape policies affecting immigrant mothers fleeing abuse.

We’re so proud of all that Laarni has accomplished and look forward to seeing what’s next. Congratulations Laarni!

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