Leadership Summit for Women to include strong Brock presence

As it has in the past, an event dedicated to celebrating female leadership in Niagara will feature a number of Brock community members.

Amongst its robust speakers list, this year’s Niagara Leadership Summit for Women (NLSW) includes nine presenters with connections to the University.

Hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region, the seventh annual event celebrates and discusses female leadership in all forms. While the summit usually takes place on Brock’s campus, it will be held virtually next week from Tuesday, Oct. 20 to Thursday, Oct. 22.

Trecia McLennon, Intercultural Communications Co-ordinator, Office of Human Rights and Equity Services, was named this year’s keynote speaker.

“I am deeply honoured and excited to be selected as NLSW’s keynote speaker for 2020,” said McLennon. “Women leaders all over the world and right here in the Niagara region are stepping up to move forward and lead with passion, compassion and positive intention. We are in historic times; let’s embrace the challenge and the opportunity to rise together and do better.”

The theme of this year’s summit ‘Rise Together,’ focuses on the importance of women’s leadership in the community and recognizes the different ways in which leadership presents itself.

“When the NLSW Planning Committee selected our theme, it felt both so natural and relevant to the times we’re living in,” said Grace Howes, Community and Public Relations Co-ordinator for the YWCA and Event Co-ordinator for NLSW. “Everyone in our community can be an impactful leader, and now more than ever our community needs women’s voices.”

Brock has been involved with the NSLW since 2014, but the efforts made by the Women in Leadership initiative on campus has increased participation.

Brock students, alumni, faculty and staff members are among the speakers in the program and will present on a variety of topics, including:

  • Siobhan Deary (BBA ’17) — Panel: Practical Skills to Help Women Rise
  • Amanda Fletcher (BA ’10) — Seminar: Hi, I’m Anxious. Please Help Me
  • Diana Huson, Manager, Curriculum Management, Policy and Outreach, Registrar’s Office — Seminar: Overcoming Barriers to Political Involvement
  • Brielle Kaminsky, fourth-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education student — Workshop: Making Global Impact Through Local Opportunities
  • Safa Khan, fourth-year Medical Sciences student — Panel: Rising Together: Diversity and Inclusion
  • Trecia McLennon, Intercultural Communications Co-ordinator, Office of Human Rights and Equity Services — Keynote speaker
  • Sana Pabani, MBA student — Panel: How I Rise: My Leadership Journey
  • Isabella Roy, Organizational Behaviour, HR Management, Entrepreneurship and Ethics, Goodman School of Business — Seminar: Know Your Worth: Cultivate your Inner Courage
  • Niveditha Sethumadhaven (BA ’20) — Seminar: Unlearning Failure
  • Tracy Geoffroy (BA ’20) — Seminar: Volunteering: Ignite your Passion and Re-energize your Career

A full list of speakers is available on the event website.

Anyone interested in attending can register here. Tickets are $25 in support of YWCA Niagara Region and include three days of virtual programming including workshops, seminars, panel discussions, interactive activities and networking.

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