Prasanna Ranganathan


Prasanna Ranganathan has worked as a lawyer, writer, public speaker, correspondent, and diversity and inclusion expert. After attending Columbia Law School (as a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar), Prasanna has enjoyed an exciting career as a lawyer in the private sector, internationally (in a non-governmental organization and at the United Nations), and with the Government of Canada designing and managing justice sector reform programs in Jamaica, Ukraine, Mexico, and Turks and Caicos. He is currently serving as Diversity and Belonging Lead at Shopify after completing his work as Senior Legal Counsel to the Independent Street Checks Reviewer on a full-scale review of Ontario’s laws on police street checks, also known as carding. Prasanna is a contributing writer on The Huffington Post and CBC Online and a social media strategist, having created innovative online campaigns including Twitter book clubs and Twitter movie discussions with prominent authors, actors, film studios, and filmmakers. For instance, he organized Twitter events for films such as Selma, The Hundred-Foot Journey, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler for Oprah Winfrey. He served as an Associate Producer and the Director of Marketing and Curriculum Development for Dream, Girl, a documentary film on female entrepreneurs which premiered at the Obama White House in March 2016 and was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100 list. He was the Social Media Correspondent for the entertainment news program The Insider on CBS at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles and the Social Media Correspondent on the 2019 Oscars red carpet for CTV. He has also developed discussion guides and social media outreach strategies for Arianna Huffington for her books Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. Finally, Prasanna is a successful public speaker and facilitator, having spoken most recently as part of The Walrus Talks Canada 150 National Speaking Tour in 2017 on the topic of diversity and inclusion.

My Sessions

Breakout: Scaling Culture Through Conversations: A Guide to Building Strong Remote & Dispersed Teams

Room 213/215

Scaling your operations globally means that people are more likely than ever to work with people they may never meet in real life. This panel discussion will dive into a few case studies with remote and dispersed companies that have taken steps to strengthen their culture through storytelling and conversations using various tools. A the […]