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What It Takes

To Live And Lead with Purpose, Laughter, and Strength

by (author) Zahra Al-harazi & Sarah J. Robbins

Initial publish date
Jan 2021
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2020
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    Jan 2020
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    Jan 2021
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The trajectory of Zahra Al-Harazi’s life defies expectations. In this electrifying story, which begins in a small village in Yemen and ends in a Calgary suburb, Al-Harazi describes her experience of two civil wars; her years as a young immigrant mother with little education; and her road to becoming one of Canada’s most successful businesswomen.

Navigating two worlds, Al-Harazi has struggled to find her own way between East and West, religion and belief, freedom and obligation, love and honour, despair and gratitude, war and war again. With deep warmth and courageous honesty, she emphasizes how it is only through gratitude and persistence that we can find happiness and the courage to build the life we want.


About the authors

ZAHRA AL-HARAZI is the founder of Foundry Communications, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning marketing and communications firm based in Calgary. Al-Harazi was selected as Chatelaine’s Top Female Entrepreneur, named one of the hundred most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and voted one of RBC’s twenty-five most influential immigrants to Canada. The Canadian ambassador for UNICEF, Al-Harazi is also a sought-after speaker and consultant for leading institutions and events around the world. Through it all, she has raised an accomplished and happy family. Currently based in Toronto, Zahra Al-Harazi is a true citizen of the world—she has lived on four continents, visited more than a hundred countries and can argue for human rights in five languages.

SARAH J. ROBBINS is a writer, editor, and collaborator whose work has appeared in Glamour, MarketWatch, Newsweek, and Real Simple, among many other publications. She is the co-author of Keeping Hope Alive.

Zahra Al-harazi's profile page

SARAH J. ROBBINS is a writer, an editor and a collaborator whose work has appeared in EntrepreneurIncGlamourMarketWatch and Newsweek, among other publications. She is the co-author with Dr. Hawa Abdi of Keeping Hope Alive, and she recently adapted Malala Yousafzai’s bestselling memoir for young readers. Robbins is a founding editor of Hacking Finance magazine and a regular contributor to Publishers Weekly. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her family.


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Editorial Reviews

"It takes a special kind of person to practice relentless adaptation, something I’ve been studying for years. After reading Zahra’s very personal story about surviving two civil wars, nurturing a young family on her own in a new country, and finding the courage to build an award-winning business, she has What It Takes and we all need to hear to lead the way on our own terms." — —Amber Mac, Bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur