Women in Leadership


Women in Leadership is committed to supporting and advancing persons who identify as women to achieve and succeed in leadership.

Upcoming meetings (mark your calendars!)

WIL meetings are currently being held virtually. See event details for login information.

Speaker: Janet Westbury, Experiential Education Coordinator for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Janet will talk about her own experiences and encourage everyone to recognize and appreciate the necessary ingredients to embark on – or energize – their own journeys to leadership. 

She believes the right mix of FUELS can ignite anyone’s leadership journey. For Janet, those FUELS include Failure, Uncomfortable situations, Emotional engagement, Listening, and Secret sauce.


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Meeting ID: 232 010 358 669 Passcode: 282edw

Speaker: Chandra Sharma, Chief Administrative Officer / Secretary-Treasurer, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA)

Chandra will provide insights on the unique attributes of leadership and culture in purpose-driven organizations such as Ontario conservation authorities in her presentation entitled “When Purpose Drives Leadership.”  

A leader in the environmental sector, Chandra has worked with the NCPA since 2020. She brings a wealth of knowledge through both her experience and education. 

Chandra holds a BA in Political Science and Geography and a Master’s in Environmental Studies and Planning from York University as well as a Public Management Certificate from the Schulich School of Business. She is also a professional planner. Her work in public sector management includes such portfolios as governance, strategic planning, climate change, watershed management, and community and government relations.  


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Meeting ID: 256 190 200 723 Passcode: F5Wx6n

Speakers: This session will be a panel discussion with student leaders at Brock.

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Speaker: Sandra Della Porta, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, will discuss her paper about navigating an academic career and motherhood, and how the COVID-19 complicated an already challenging situation.

Read Sandra’s article: The Intersection of Motherhood and Academia During a Pandemic: A Storytelling Approach to Narrative Oral History.

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Speakers: Emily O’Connor, Manager of Resource Development for Habitat for Humanity, and Kristen Nilsen, Academic Quality Consultant at Niagara College.

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Speaker: Shawna Chen, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship with Brock University’s Goodman School of Business.

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Speaker: Martina Ciglenecki, Health Management Consultant with the office of Health, Safety and Wellness, a section of Brock Human Resources

Leveraging her training and certification with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Martina will speak to the importance of mental health in the workplace, how to lead with empathy, and how leaders can support themselves and in turn support their teams to be successful and productive.

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Missed a WIL session?

From volunteerism to becoming a leader, the WIL meetings have covered a range of relevant topics for women and allies alike. Look for the video icon to see available recordings.

Do you have an idea for a future topic or presenter?

Click here to submit your suggestion!

or email Jeannie Mackintosh

Recorded WIL Sessions

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Some Women in Leadership sessions have been recorded. Members of the Brock community are invited to view recorded videos here. (Sign in required.)


On May 21, Sandy Howe, Associate Director of Experiential Education and United Way committee co-chair, led a discussion on the links between volunteerism and leadership.

Sandy was joined by Jocelyn Titone, Marketing & Communications Coordinator with the Goodman School of Business and Kristen Smith, Manager of Community Outreach Programs with Student Life & Community Experience.

The three women encouraged everyone to consider ways to get involved and mentioned some specific organizations where they have volunteered.

To get started, Kristen recommends InCommunities, the Niagara Volunteer Connections Database, where you can explore opportunities tailored to your interests, location, and available time commitment.

Several participants also shared their own suggestions for volunteer opportunities in the meeting chat.

If you have additional suggestions, please let us know and we will add to the list below. Email mpetkovic2@brocku.ca


Learn the history of this initiative

In the beginning was SWAAC
Bringing the energy to Niagara
Expanding within Brock University


Background, Goals, Accomplishments and Next Steps

Presented January 2020