Founder & CEO
Amanda Huettner, Professional Development Specialist
Working in event and conference management for nearly a decade, and curating women's conferences in particular, Amanda noticed something was missing. These events weren't inclusive - non mothers, queer women, disabled women, and women of colour weren't at the table. As a woman with a disability she felt especially obligated to create change, thus, FACE BC was born!
Amanda is passionate about creating unparalleled, award-winning professional development sessions that foster a sense of community among participants. Her approach focuses on merging unique perspectives with cutting-edge ideas to create truly innovative and inspirational programs.
Founding BOARD OF DirectorS & eXECUTIVE
Sarah Husain, BBA CPHR
A passionate corporate Human Resources professional, Sarah has worked tirelessly on creating "change from the inside", establishing women's programs and being an outspoken combatant of institutionalized bias against women, those with disabilities and people of colour.
As a director, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the legal and financial aspects of FACE BC. She will also lend her voice to our workshops and conferences, particularly in the area of job place harassment and employee rights, direct communication, career advancement and being a women leader in business.
Adobea Foli, MBA
Adobea has a strong track record in business development, strategic planning and project management in Investment Banking and Specialty Gases and Equipment. Before moving to Vancouver from Ghana to pursue her MBA at UBC Sauder, she mentored and empowered young women aspiring to work in Investment Banking and in Entrepreneurship.
As a director, Adobea will utilize her ability to identify potential markets for growth and provide strategic roadmaps to grow the reach and impact of FACE BC. She will also share her experiences in navigating male-dominated industries, effective networking and career development.
Nisha Sikka, BA (Hon), LL.B
As a founding member, Nisha brings with her experience in advocacy and social justice. Nisha practices at Maurice Law, where she advocates for and provides legal services to predominantly Indigenous clientele.
Nisha is passionate about intersectional community engagement. She is dedicated to fostering women’s personal and professional growth through collaboration and education. Nisha is also an active member of the Vancouver Writers Festival Board of Directors.
Nisha was called to the bar in December 2016 after graduating from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, and is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association. During her studies, Nisha received the Roger S. Smith award, volunteered for Student Legal Services and co-authored a paper for the Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property on Indigenous Centered Conflict Resolution Processes in Canada.
Prior to attending law school, Nisha obtained her BA(Hons) from Simon Fraser University. In addition to being a staunch feminist, Nisha’s’ interests include photography, travel and yoga.
Ebony Swanson, BSc, MSc Public Health (Candidate)
Ebony's passion for health promotion and advocacy for vulnerable populations within her community began with an co-op term abroad. She worked for a non-profit in Kolkata, India that aims to end human trafficking through the economic empowerment of women. She is looking forward to developing her public health education and has recently started the Master of Public Health at the University of Victoria where she will be pursuing a focus in social policy.
She currently works as an academic advisor at Simon Fraser University, where she received a BSc in Health Sciences, and is an active volunteer with a number of local non-profits that have continued to strengthen her interest in creating healthy and inclusive environments.
In her spare time, Ebony enjoys baking, and playing with her cat, Prescott.