Women in Leadership

GOAL

To support women in formal and informal leadership positions, and to encourage the next generation of potential women leaders.

As part of Brock University’s ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WIL meetings are being held virtually. See event details for login information.

Upcoming Meetings

Agenda

  • A panel discussion on the topic of affordable housing in Niagara based on a forthcoming policy brief written by Joanne Heritz, Assistant Professor of Political Science, for the Niagara Community Observatory (NCO).
  • Panelists will include Lori Beech (executive director of Bethlehem Housing) and Elisabeth Zimmermann (executive director of YWCA of the Niagara Region)
  • Carol Phillips, Research Coordinator for the NCO, will facilitate the discussion.

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Agenda

Women continue to be significantly underrepresented in leadership and decision-making positions in sport (e.g., as coaches, managers, on boards of directors, etc.).

When women are not part of the leadership and decision-making in sport organizations, gender inequality persists. The experiences of girls and women are not taken into account, girls and women do not see opportunities for themselves in those positions, and beliefs about “natural” gender differences are reinforced.

Please join Michele Donnelly, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, to look at the challenges and successes that women face in their struggle for equity in sport.

Increasingly, sport organizations such as the International Olympic Committee, have made public commitments to gender equality. Often, these commitments emphasize not only girls’ and women’s participation as athletes, but also as leaders and decision makers in sport. However, Michele contends that progress toward gender equality is not quick or linear, and it is definitely not guaranteed.

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Agenda

  • Angela Salvatore, Brock alumna (BA ’02, Sociology) and first female Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Taxation Law Section, will discuss her path to leadership. In addition, she will share her non-traditional progression to tax law, and the importance of transferrable skills, networking and outreach, and being involved in one’s legal community. (Faculty and students in Brock’s Law Plus program will join us.)
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Recorded WIL Sessions

Some Women in Leadership sessions have been recorded.
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VOLUNTEERING & LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

ABOUT THE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

Learn the history of this initiative

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

PAST EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Celebration of International Women’s Day 2019

Invisible, No More

On March 8, let’s write the stories of overlooked women for more gender equality in the digital sphere.

The #WIKI4WOMEN initiative calls everyone to take a few minutes of their time to create, enrich or translate, in as many languages as possible, Wikipedia profiles of women committed in the fields of education, science, culture, social and human sciences, and/or communication and information.

No matter where you are in the world, all you have to do to join #WIKI4WOMEN is:

  • Create an account on Wikipedia
  • Start working on women profiles

To learn more about this initiative, visit the UNESCO website

This Is My Niagara (TIMN), a student-run initiative in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture & Film at Brock University, is an organization with a mission to inspire a movement towards connecting young talent with small and medium-sized businesses and non-profit organizations in Niagara, as well as showcasing the Niagara Region as a unique place to live, work and play.

On Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pond Inlet, TIMN will be hosting its annual CONNECT 2019, a networking event for Brock students, local business operators, entrepreneurs and young professionals.

The event will include three influential guest speakers – Lydia Collins, Leah Feor and Jennifer Harper – raffle prizes, food and drinks and networking opportunities for attendees to enjoy.

This year’s theme is Women in Leadership.

Please RSVP by March 10 here

The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada organization was founded in 1987 to provide a forum and a collective voice for women in senior administrative ranks in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes. The primary purpose of SWAAC is the promotion of female leadership in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes through:

  • Developing and enhancing leadership skills
  • Mentoring future leaders
  • Recognizing exceptional leaders
  • Networking and communicating
  • Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion

SWAAC 2019 in Waterloo April 25-27!

Click here to learn about the program and register

The 2019 Laura Secord Walk will be taking place on

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 (the actual anniversary of Laura’s courageous trek in 1813)

This year, we’ll be walking in support of War Child Canada and their important work to help today’s victims of war.

Did you know that Brock University’s Rodman Hall is one of the landing sites of this historic trail? The Laura Secord Legacy Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail network, soon to be rebranded with the name “The Great Trail.” Friends of Laura Secord Honourary Chair, Valerie Pringle is Chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and will be on hand to install the first co-branded sign on June 22.

The Laura Secord Walk will be a great way to honour a courageous, determined woman of great fortitude who helped set the stage for all the strong women who followed.

The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women (NLSW) takes place on

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Brock University

The NLSW presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. The event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region and Brock University.

Everyone, regardless of gender, should have the courage and confidence to be the leader they are and want to be. Leadership is not about being ‘at the top’ – there are leaders all around us who make a difference every day.

This event offers many valuable opportunities for women leaders and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders.

Every year, outstanding local speakers and presenters are invited to the NLSW. The call for proposals is now closed.

For more information, please visit the NLSW website

As we had hoped, Brock is well represented in this year’s program, including:

  • Robyn Bourgeois, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Andrea Blais, Lab Manager for the Zelisko Research Team
  • Loretta Davis, Captain and Coach with the Brock Niagara Penguins
  • Students Kailene Jackson (Political Science and Sociology) and Hope Tuff-Berg (Political Science)
  • Olivia Poulin, recent Brock graduate and entrepreneur
  • Shannon Kerwin, Associate Professor of Sport Management

Blogging Opportunity!

Interested in blogging on any of the topics listed?

Contact Kristen Smith

Manager, Student and Community Outreach

at ksmith2@brocku.ca

The University of Regina hosted the 2020 SWAAC Conference (March 4-6), exploring the theme of Living Your Truth.

SWAAC was founded in 1987 to provide a forum and a collective voice for those who identify as women in senior administrative ranks in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes.

ANNUAL REPORT

Background, Goals, Accomplishments and Next Steps

Presented January 2020

PAST MEETINGS

Learn about past speakers and topics discussed

From volunteerism to becoming a leader, the WIL meetings cover a range of relevant topics for women and allies alike