Dr. Rumeet Billan: The Science of Belonging

Research has consistently shown that when employees feel that they belong, they will perform better and experience higher levels of commitment, engagement, and well-being. An absence of belonging increases risk of isolation, underperformance, and burnout.


Rumeet examines what it means to belong at work, the harmful effects of exclusion, and the challenges that leaders face in creating a sense of belonging. She’ll also provide you with practical and evidence-based tools and strategies that support building, fostering, and nurturing a culture of belonging. 


Dr. Rumeet Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, speaker, author and humanitarian. Her mission is to raise potential, and transform workplace cultures, by designing experiences that build resilience. She’s the President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership and an expert on Psychological Capital. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and has designed and facilitated programs, courses, and training sessions across industries and sectors. In 2022, she led the Workplace Belonging Survey with US working adults. 

She also previously led the groundbreaking national research study on Tall Poppy Syndrome which reveals the impact of the silent systemic syndrome on women in the workplace. The survey of 1,500 professionals across Canada found that a shocking 87 per cent of respondents were cut down, attacked, and/or resented by co-workers for their success.

In 2020, she co-led the Canadian Happiness at Work study, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and was the inaugural National Ambassador for the Not Myself Today® campaign with CMHA.

Dr. Billan’s been named a Top 10 Power Women and has been twice named to Top 100 Most Powerful Women, both in Canada. She has been featured in Forbes, The Globe and Mail, Breakfast Television, and CTV Morning Live. Her talk on The Future of Education at TEDx was highly lauded and later adapted into a workshop for students across Canada. She recently authored her first award-winning and bestselling book, Who Do I Want To Become?, designed for anyone, of any age, who has been stumped by the question of what they’re going to be when they grow up. She also serves on the Board of Directors for G(irls)20, a renowned global non-profit that aims to mobilize girls and young women for economic advancement locally and worldwide, and CODE, Canada’s leading international development agency uniquely focused on advancing literacy and education.

Through her work, Dr. Billan provides a platform that encourages youth, women, communities and organizations to envision what could be possible. Since 2004, she has contributed to social impact initiatives that improve access to and the quality of education in North America, South America and Africa. In addition to building schools, supporting scholarships, breakfast programs, and soccer tournaments, her vision led to the creation and development of a teacher’s college in rural Kenya. In 2019, Dr. Billan made a donation of over a 280,000 brand-new books from various publishers and authors to be distributed to children and youth in need across the Niagara region in Ontario, Canada. She continues to support causes and lead initiatives that promote human welfare.


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