Women in Leadership

GOAL

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

UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

HeForShe movement

The world is at a turning point. People everywhere understand and support the idea of gender equality. They know it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. HeForShe is an invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality. The men of HeForShe aren’t on the sidelines. They’re working with women and with each other to build businesses, raise families, and give back to their communities.

Learn more here

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

PAST MEETINGS

Bring your lunch and bring a friend.

Agenda and Meeting Notes

  • Recap of Brock’s presence at the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women (NLSW)
    • Increasing Brock presence in NLSW was a goal of the WIL from last year.
    • Feeling that this was accomplished – more members of the Brock community were made aware of the event, more applications to present, 14 students were sponsored by the Dean of Social Sciences and library displays were available leading up to and throughout NLSW
  • Brief presentation by Nicole Nolan, Associate University Librarian, Research outlining some of the information the Library pulled together for NLSW-related displays
    • The Library’s displays about some of the prominent women in Brock’s history (herstory) are very interesting and relevant to the goals of the WIL as well as the mandate of the NLSW
    • Nicole interviews Edie Williams

  • Ideas for next priorities for Women in Leadership
    • Brock participation in the HeForShe movement
      • How could Brock support/participate?
      • Consider broadening scope to include other equity-seeking groups
      • Diane Dupont will share document (via email)
    • Representation of prominent women on Brock campus
      • suggestions: Laura Secord, Harriet Tubman, Women of Allenburg, Indigenous women leaders, Laura Sabia
    • (In)formal mentorship opportunities via Women in Leadership
    • Blog to share best practices
    • Other suggestions?

As the date conflicts with Brock’s Fall Convocation, this meeting is canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Don’t forget the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women will take place on Brock campus on October 26.

Tickets are available online

Bring your lunch and bring a friend.

Agenda

One of two dedicated sessions planned to prepare for the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women

  • We are pleased to share with the WIL group a call for proposals from the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women which takes place on Saturday, October 26 on the Brock University campus
  • WIL is in a position to support an increased Brock presence at this year’s NLSW event
  • Please join if you would like to:
    • be part of a steering committee to support the development of proposal(s) OR
    • if you would like feedback on or help with a proposal of your own
    • Note: following proposal submissions, the steering committee can turn its attention to enhancing Brock’s profile and encouraging participation of Brock faculty, staff, students, alumni and the greater community

Bring your lunch and bring a friend.

Agenda

Niagara Leadership Summit (October 26)

  • Special thanks to Diana deMan, volunteer on the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women (NLSW) planning committee who will facilitate our discussion
  • The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. Planning for the Niagara Leadership Summit is well underway. More information available here as well as on Facebook and Twitter
  • In our last meeting this event was raised and we thought it would be a great idea to come together and share ideas for how group members can participate as well as how to get other Faculties and Departments involved on campus. We would like to increase the representation from Brock as well as explore options for using additional space/ having a larger physical presence at the event.
  • A few ideas included having a display in the Library (highlighting research done by women), a Women in Niagara Open House featuring tours, presentations and guest speakers as well as signing up to speak at the event.
  • Please come with ideas ready to be shared with the group so we can begin working on action items.

Discussion of Next Steps and WIL Evaluation

  • Indigenous leadership
  • HeforShe strategies
  • Laura Secord art installation
  • Media training and poetry contest
  • Key questions
    • Should we develop a mission statement?
    • Did the WIL meetings so far meet/exceed/fall short of expectations?
    • Should we continue with our current meeting format?
    • Other ideas/suggestions?

Bring your lunch and bring a friend.

Agenda

  • SWAAC Conference 2019 debrief and next steps – we have some ideas but want to hear yours as well!
  • Evaluation of the Women in Leadership (WIL) initiative so far
  • Discussion of Women in Leadership future directions – what would you like to see?

Bring your lunch and bring a friend.

Agenda

  • A Conversation with Diana Huson, Regional Councillor, Town of Pelham and Office of the Registrar; Caroline McCormick, President, Friends of Laura Secord and Gayle Wood, Interim CAO, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. The three women will interview one another using the following questions:
    • How did you get into your position of leadership?
    • As a female leader, how have you overcome a challenge in your career?
    • What have you learned?
    • How does feminism influence your leadership style?
    • What is some of the advice you share with women entering a male-dominated community organization?
    • In your opinion, what skills should women leaders be encouraged to develop?
  • Questions and comments from the audience
  • Smaller group discussion using the above list of questions (if time allows)

Bring your lunch and bring a friend.

Agenda

  • A Conversation with Laura Ip, Regional Councillor for St. Catharines and Founder of Underdogs Boxing Club; Laurie Morrison, Head of Liaison in the Library, Founder and Director of Niagara Veg-Fest and Chair Dharma Retreats and Julia Zhu, Associate Director Co-op Education. The three women will interview one another using the following questions:
    • How did you get into your position of leadership?
    • What have you learned?
    • How do you collaborate/coordinate within your role?
    • How would you encourage young women to seek out leadership opportunities?
    • How can we, as leaders, create good citizens?
  • Questions and comments from the audience
  • Smaller group discussion using the above list of questions (if time allows)

Join us in Goodman School of Business room 408.

Bring your lunch and bring a friend.

Agenda

  • A Conversation with Brock Administrators featuring Geraldine Jones, Registrar; Leela MadhavaRau, Director Human Rights and Equity and Dawn Zinga, Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The three women will interview one another using the following questions
    • How did you get into your position of leadership?
    • What have you learned?
    • How do you collaborate/coordinate within your role?
    • How would you encourage young women to seek out leadership opportunities?
    • How can we, as leaders, create good citizens?
  • Questions and comments from the audience
  • Smaller group discussion using the above list of questions

Welcome

Agenda

  • Origins of the Women in Leadership Initiative – Ingrid Makus, Angela Book and Diane Dupont will reprise their presentation from the Niagara Leadership Summit, “A Conversation with Brock Administrators.” The three women interviewed one another using the following questions
    • How did you get into your position of leadership?
    • What have you learned?
    • How do you collaborate/coordinate within your role?
    • How would you encourage young women to seek out leadership opportunities?
    • How can we, as leaders, create good citizens?
  • Update on Brock’s participation in the upcoming SWAAC 2019 Conference – How many people have signed up so far?
  • President’s Fund – financial assistance will be sought for those who wish to attend but for whom cost is a limiting factor

Discussion

Actions arising
  • Add information about SWAAC to current webpage – link to website and registration under Upcoming Events & Opportunities section
  • Explore options for webpage to be visible to a wider audience – in progress
  • Laura Secord Society representative to be invited to attend meeting – in progress
  • Circulate information about moderating panel discussion on March 8 for the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce – details will be posted

This November 2018 meeting was the first in a planned series that aims to build a support network among women leaders at Brock and to recognize leadership wherever it is found within the University. Several attendees noted the importance of structural support for mentorship, possibly building on a pilot program currently underway.

For more on this meeting, see the Caucus of Women blog.