Women in Leadership


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

NEW! Deborah Rosati WIL Mentorship Program

Creating meaningful connections across the campus and beyond!

Are you interested in participating?
Potential mentors and mentees are encouraged to apply.

Upcoming meetings (mark your calendars!)

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

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

Join Emily and Kristen as they discuss the value of community engagement in your personal, professional and leadership development. They’ll share insights they’ve learned from their involvement in NEXTNiagara in conjunction with their career journeys.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Imposter syndrome
  • Reinvigorating your career
  • Strengthening your professional credibility/visibility
  • Building relationships


Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 252 256 604 900 Passcode: e6py4y

Join with a video conferencing device
Video Conference ID: 114 449 435 1

WHEN: Friday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Rooms 214/215, Rankin Family Pavillion, Brock University

REGISTER TO ATTEND (capacity is limited): https://forms.office.com/r/6fQt0VJvYB

Women in Leadership is pleased to host this hybrid event featuring remarks by President Lesley Rigg.

Following President Rigg’s remarks, a reception sponsored by Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about SWAAC while you enjoy light refreshments, conversation and networking.

Capacity is limited. President Rigg’s remarks will also be shared online.

Watch for more information on this hybrid event!

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

Details to login will be added as confirmed

Women in Leadership encourages participation in the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) conference. This year’s event is hosted by Western University. Brock’s own Lesley Rigg is scheduled to speak as part of the President’s Panel on Saturday, May 6.

The program includes a reception on Thursday evening and a full day of programming on Friday, followed by morning sessions and a luncheon on Saturday.

Click here for details and registration! 

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.

Details to login will be added as confirmed

Missed a WIL session?

From mentorship to motherhood, from trans inclusion to affordable housing, 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

Women in Leadership logo with video player icon
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