Barinder Rasode is proud to be called disruptive: heck, that just means she is getting stuff done. While Barinder’s so-called “disruptiveness” has at times rubbed people the wrong way — in particular some of the South Asian men in her community — she sees being disruptive as a good attribute, and would like to encourage other women to identify with it positively as well.
Disruption is the way in 2016. Whether it’s a business, or it’s innovation, or it’s transportation, the people who are successful are able to be disruptive in terms of finding new ways.
As a long-time social justice advocate, Barinder became the first female South Asian councillor in North America in 2008. In 2014, she ran for mayor of the City of Surrey, and despite being a front-runner in the campaign, she received a ton of backlash from her community as it was not widely encouraged in the South Asian community for women to speak out.
Despite these challenges, she has been the recipient of a Ruby Award for the work she has done in the community and was listed as one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Vancouver in 2014.
In today’s interview you’ll learn:
– Why Barinder left her government gig to pursue a career in politics.
– Why she is passionate about advocating and supporting women.
– How the cultural limitations put on men and women in the South Asian community can create a lot of barriers.
– The three things she wants her children to know about life.
Her three favourite online tools are:
I also need to give a major shout-out to Ford Canada for lending me their super rad silver Ford Fusion SE. This ride made it possible for me to drive the hour and half out to Surrey, Cloverdale to sit down with Barinder at her home. Thankful for the heated seats, rearview camera and Spotify connection! So much fun, can’t wait for the next adventure with Ford!