Mehrnaz has a Master of Science in chemistry from the University of British Columbia and started her career in the biotech and pharmaceutical sector in Vancouver. Although she enjoyed research and science, over the years she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing. In 2011 she made the riskiest and most rewarding decision of her professional life and traded her career in biotech for educational development. She hasn’t looked back since.
The critical thinking skills and resilience she honed as part of her STEM background helped with the transition, and now she’s an author, TED speaker, learning and progress specialist, and the founder of MyGradeBooster. Mehrnaz is passionate about elevating others’ output and performance. In her work with organizations and small businesses, she skillfully identifies areas of weakness and formulates action plans for transformative changes.
Mehrnaz has lived, worked, and studied in Japan, Iran, England, and Canada. Her studies and life abroad exposed her to different cultures and customs that shaped her understanding of the world in a unique way.
She learned quickly that it’s important to learn the customs of a country in order to connect with its people. For example, in Iran, slurping and loud munching are considered poor table manners whereas in Japan it’s a form of showing respect and demonstrates you’re enjoying the food.
Mehrnaz believes inspiring talks and speeches require the same trait. She speaks the audience’s language, whether it’s getting rid of technical jargon and replacing it with layman’s terms or using examples to share her knowledge in a way that your audience can drink it in.