Past WIL meetings

PAST MEETINGS

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A conversation with Angela Salvatore (BA ’02, Sociology), first female Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Taxation Law Section. Angela originally presented at a WIL session in December 2020.
In this session, Angela touched on:

  • the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the legal profession, especially taxation
  • encouraging women to consider the two certainties in life (death and taxes) when making a career choice or change
  • the intersection of taxation/family law/gender issues
  • how to know when to make a career change (how to decide/ what to reach for

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A candid conversation with corporate director, entrepreneur, speaker and author Deborah Rosati, CEO and founder of Women Get on Board.

This special virtual engagement event was hosted by Development and Alumni Relations and moderated by Ingrid Makus, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Agenda: SWAAC debrief – learning, sharing, acting

Brock University was well represented at this year’s virtual Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) conference in May of this year; however, as with all conferences, not everyone who was interested in the event was able to attend. This meeting offered an opportunity to share the knowledge gained as we casually continued the conversations that began at the conference.

The theme of this year’s SWAAC conference was trust. Descriptions of keynotes and plenaries as well as speaker bios can be found here.

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A presentation about trans inclusion by Jasper Fisher, a Brock student and member of Positive Living Niagara’s Streetworks Team, with Michelle Poirier, Advisor, Human Rights and Equity, for Brock University.

Jasper is currently in the final year of his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brock with a focus on developing a pre-medical understanding of endocrinology and neuroanatomy.

He was heavily involved in creating the Trans-inclusion Guide, leading seminars for students, staff, and faculty on Trans-inclusion, and holding a position on the Brock Pride board of executives.

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Additional resources and links

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Accidentally on purpose: Transforming service into leadership, a conversation with Suzanne Curtin, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Suzanne, who is also a Professor of Child and Youth Studies, spoke about the professional development steps she took to enhance her leadership skills and the key mentors who supported her academic and leadership journey. Additionally, she discussed some of the challenges faced by women academics as they move into leadership positions.

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Robyn Bourgeois, Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, and an associate professor in the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies presents From Trauma to Triumph.

A survivor of multiple forms of violence, including sexual exploitation and human trafficking, Robyn brings her unique perspective on how trauma can be a source of strength in leadership.

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Deliberate Ambition: My leadership journey and what I learned along the way, a casual conversation with Lynn Wells, Provost & Vice-President, Academic.

In this session, Lynn outlines her journey to leadership — including her newly announced appointment to Interim President of the University — and shares some lessons learned, while providing some advice to aspiring women leaders.

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Panel discussion: Opportunities and Experiences of the NWPB’s Immigrant Mentorship Program

In September 2020, Brock University made its long-time collaboration with the Niagara Workforce Planning Board (NWPB) official by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The partnership formalizes both Brock and NWPB’s efforts in contributing to the local community by supporting the health, vitality and well-being of the region, as well as addressing workforce development challenges.

As part of this partnership, Brock University is a partner in the NWPB’s Immigrant Mentorship Program.  This program pairs established local professionals with internationally trained professionals who are new to Canada and are looking to build their careers and expand their knowledge.

This session highlighted the importance of mentoring for women in our community by sharing experiences and outcomes of mentorship programs.

Presenters included:

  • Josie Faccini, Mentorship Program Coordinator, NWPB
  • Renee Ji, Student Advisor, Brock International
  • Vivian Kinnard, Chief Executive Officer, NWPB

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  • Christene Carpenter-Cleland and Poling Bork, co-chairs of Scientifically Yours, and long-time members of Brock’s Faculty of Math and Science on the importance of increasing interest in science among women and girls; they also spoke about their own experiences and the challenges they face in a male-dominated field.

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  • Yasanthi Perera, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, Ethics and Entrepreneurship, delivered a presentation on “imposter phenomenon” (also called imposter syndrome).
  • “At some point or other, many of us have asked ourselves questions – Do I really belong here? Did I get here by some fluke of chance? Should I be doing this work? In doing so, we discount our academic training, other preparation, and experiences.”
  • Drawing upon the stories of several women, as well as her own personal experiences, Yasanthi discussed how we can address feelings of self-doubt at both individual and organizational levels.

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Caitlin Mahy is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Developing Memory and Cognition Laboratory.

Are women and men judged differently for being forgetful? A current research study that Caitlin is conducting with one of her Honours thesis students sets out to answer that question. The study examines whether men and women are judged differently for being forgetful in work and home settings or forgetting a task that affects other people vs. themselves.

Conversations among Women in Leadership participants as well as the effects of the COVID pandemic on men and women inspired the research.

In this session, she discusses the research and shares some preliminary results.

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  • Kirsty Spence, Associate Dean of Applied Health Sciences and associate professor of Sport Management, is passionate about leader development, including through experiential learning, mindfulness and leadership coaching. In this presentation she highlights personal experiences that were key in the development of her own leadership evolution. 

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  • Angela Salvatore, Brock alumna (BA ’02, Sociology) and first female Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Taxation Law Section, discussed her path to leadership. In addition, she shared her non-traditional progression to tax law, and spoke about the importance of transferrable skills, networking and outreach, and being involved in one’s legal community. (Although we experienced some technical difficulties, the presentation was thoroughly engaging and very informative.)

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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.

Michele Donnelly, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, looks 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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  • A panel discussion on the topic of affordable housing in Niagara based on a policy brief written by Joanne Heritz, Assistant Professor of Political Science, for the Niagara Community Observatory (NCO).
  • Panelists 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, facilitated the discussion.
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  • Julie Rorison, Brock’s Manager of Community Relations, will discuss ways women in leadership positions can continue to build a culture of engagement at Brock, and talk about her own experience bridging multiple worlds – community, academia and municipal politics.
  • Brock’s new Community Engagement Strategic Plan builds on the University’s strong history of community engagement by faculty, researchers, staff and leaders across the University. Community engagement has become a vital part of Brock’s identity and supports the institutional strategic priority to enhance the life and vitality of our local region and beyond. The Office of Government and Community Relations will present the plan and its goals, and discuss ways to work together with women in leadership to continue to build a culture of engagement at Brock.

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have hit women particularly hard. Kate Bezanson, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Sociology, will review the barriers and potential long-term consequences of this particular recession for women’s labour market participation, and policy steps that would assist in averting a gender regressive recovery.
  • Participants in today’s WIL meeting may also be interested in reading/sharing this opinion piece in the Toronto Star, co-authored by Kate Bezanson: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/09/28/a-national-childcare-system-is-crucial-for-recovery-and-rebuilding.html

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  • Nicole Regehr will share her insights on leadership as Director of Development & Violence Prevention Programs, Gillian’s Place.
  • Nicole will speak about intimate partner violence – recognizing and responding in the workplace. For women experiencing violence in their homes, the social isolation imposed by the covid-19 pandemic created dangerous living situations. Now, as women return to work, begin to visit salons again, etc., it’s important that we know how to respond and how to access supports for our colleagues and ourselves.
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  • Learn how to build your LinkedIn profile and explore effective strategies to develop your network and digital brand in this presentation led by Pauline Dawson, Manager of Career Education, and Kara Renaud, Supervisor of Career Education with the Office of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education.
  • With more than 560 million users on LinkedIn, 77% of North American companies use this social media platform as part of their candidate search. Managing your online presence effectively and using social networks assists to build and nurture professional relationships in a virtual world.
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  • We will be joined by Kattawe Henry, Human Rights & Anti-Racism Advisor for the university.
  • This session is offered in response to the crises of anti-Black and other forms of systemic racism currently playing out across the US, Canada and beyond. The need for widespread support of anti-racism initiatives at Brock is more critical than ever. While some of us may have direct experience with racism, others, including non-racialized people, may need to examine our own roles and learn how we can support necessary change by amplifying the voices of our Black and Indigenous colleagues.
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  • Using examples from her careers in academia and parks and recreation, Laura Cousens, Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management, will share insights on how she bridged leadership and value-driven initiatives to create opportunities for women and disadvantaged groups in society.

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  • Sandy Howe, Associate Director of Experiential Education and United Way committee co-chair, will lead a discussion about the links between volunteerism and leadership.
    • What leadership skills can women gain through volunteering?
    • How can those skills transfer to leadership in other areas, both personal and professional?
  • Sandy will be 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.

Adjusting to the new normal?

An open conversation with all participants, this meeting will be an opportunity to discuss how we are managing in our new work-from-home situations.

  • What’s working for you?
  • What are some of your challenges?
  • What strategies have you found helpful?

Let’s learn from and support one another as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Please join us and feel free to share this invitation with friends

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  • Kemi Anazodo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship and Ethics (OBHREE), will share her insights on leadership focusing on some of the challenges and strategies particular to women leaders in marginalized populations.

Looking forward to connecting with everyone from a safe distance!

Bring your lunch and bring a friend.

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  • Neil Culp, Director of HR Strategic Projects, will speak about the goals of Brock’s mentorship program. Joining him will be Cathy Baillie, Learning & Organizational Development Specialist.
  • Alesia Dane, Manager of Talent Partnerships & Relations with Co-op, Career & Experiential Education and Ingrid Makus, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, will share their perspectives on mentorship based on their own experiences as mentee/mentor.

Bring your lunch and bring a friend.

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  • Dan Dakin, Manager, Communications and Media Relations will present information to the group on speaking to the media, acknowledging your own expertise and training available
  • Jennifer Good, Associate Professor, Communication, Popular Culture and Film will speak on her experience with InformedOpinions.org, an organization dedicated to increasing women’s representation in the media

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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