April 2018: Championing Diversity and Challenging Unconscious Bias

 

Championing Diversity and Challenging Unconscious Bias

“Standing together as women in Edmonton”

We’ve all been there. That awkward moment when a coworker makes a racist joke. Or when you see others judging your friend with the headscarf. Or your team laughs off a co-worker because they couldn’t understand the content underneath a heavy accent. Ugh. Maybe you freeze. Maybe you’ve perfected a snarky comeback. Or maybe, just maybe, you don’t say anything because you don’t want to rock the boat

Many organizations are seeking ways to promote equality at all levels, including senior leadership. As with any change, this transition to equity has occurred (really) slowly. And frankly, so too have our attitudes and behaviours. At this event, we will explore how we can better understand the challenges due to unconscious bias (whether they are subtle or unintended) and discuss its impact on professionals including women of diverse backgrounds.

This What I Wish I Knew x WISER event addresses how we support professional minority women in the workplace. Yes, diversity and inclusion policies are critical, but it’s just as important that we stand up for each other in those small, awkward moments. So if you’re tired of the ebonics, fist-pumps or comments on your gal pal’s hijab, then we hope you’ll join us as we walk through the practical, everyday advice on how to be an ally at work.

Panelists include:

  • Shana Dion, Assistant Dean/ First Nations and Inuit Students, University of Alberta
  • Anna- Maria LeMaistre, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Enbridge
  • Rebecca Smillie, Community Investment Strategist
  • Dr. Ania Ulrich, Dean of Outreach Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta

*Additional panelist information can be found here

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Location: 8th floor, Donadeo Innovation Center for Engineering, University of Alberta
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM, doors open at 5:30 PM

Register Here Today – $$FREE

http://championfordiversity.eventbrite.ca?s=84595492

Doors open at 5:30 PM. Space is limited and tickets sell fast. Invite your friends and get your tickets today!

What I Wish I Knew is an event series that offers very, VERY practical advice for young female professionals. Whether it’s navigating traditional or sexist workplaces, or just simple get-‘er-done advice, we’ve got you.

For more information visit iwishiknew.ca #iWishiKnewYEG

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Industry Mixer 

This year’s UA-WiSE/Apega/IEEE/WISER Industry Mixer will be held on November 9th from 6-8 PM! This year we are delighted to have Anjum Mullick an environmental engineer and the Director of Engineering Services at the City of Edmonton as our keynote speaker. Following this we have Rapid Resume Reviews hosted by the Career Centre, so bring your resumes! And a great networking session where you can meet and discuss with industry  professionals from STEM companies. Past companies that have come are Enbridge, Gilead Sciences and AMEC Foster Wheeler just to name a few. Admission to his event is free, please register on our Eventbrite page! Click Here! Look forward to seeing you there!

Keynote Speaker

We are excited to welcome Anjum Mullick as our keynote speaker.

Anjum Mullick is the Director of Engineering Services at the City of Edmonton, and has 18 years of broad project management and environmental engineering experience in the private sector. She has an M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta and a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining the City of Edmonton, she was the Director of Decommissioning and Closure for the Americas at WorleyParsons/Advisian. Anjum has lead, managed, and successfully executed large, complex and ground breaking, politically sensitive projects primarily in the oil sands, which ranged from $100-$400 million.  As a former member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Environmental Committee, she has worked with both industry stakeholders and government organizations to develop environmental policy and guidelines. Anjum was also a member of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers’ Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board Environment and Sustainability Committee to develop a National Practice Guideline on Environmental Site Remediation, and is currently a board member of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board.

Anjum has a passion for diversity and inclusion, in particular, increasing the number of women in not only engineering and science related professions, but in leadership. She was the President of the Women of WorleyParsons, an employee resource group with the vision to support the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the industry.  As the President, she developed and lead a joint partnership project with the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology and the University of Alberta School of Business to examine organizational change as it relates to women in leadership and gender diversity and inclusivity.  Now part of her Department’s Leadership Team at the City of Edmonton, she chairs the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and is co-chairing the upcoming Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology biennial conference being held in Edmonton next year.

 

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