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Women's Week

March 7 – 11, 2022

Honour International Women’s Day with us on March 8, 2022

The Women's Resource Centre and Career Services are joining forces to provide a week of thought-provoking sessions, workshops and panels, featuring incredible speakers like Alice Lam, one of the faces behind Good Neighbour Shop, Tigerstedt Flea, Volly, the Calgary Community Fridge and many more community initiatives.

There will also be a variety of in-person and online events to give students opportunities to explore equity, social justice, as well as personal and professional development.

Monday, March 7

Linda Kongnetiman

Social Identities and the Role of Women

Speaker: Linda Kongnetiman
Noon – 1 p.m. MST

In this session, you’ll explore the impact of intersectionality (social identities) on women and how marginalization is compounded by intersectionality. Today’s leaders need to understand the social implications of intersectionality and how this is constantly changing. This knowledge may lead to more effective leadership skills.

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Tuesday, March 8

Join us for a free breakfast, inspiring speakers, informative workshops and door prizes! 

Please note that these events will be held in person on the Main Campus.

Alice Lam

Morning session

Speaker: Alice Lam with opening remarks from Jennifer Quin
9 – 10 a.m. MST

Join us for breakfast with our keynote speaker, Alice Lam. Alice is one of the driving forces behind many local initiatives: Volly, the Calgary Community Fridge, Tigerstedt Flea, Good Neighbour Community Market and activities that help support Calgary's elderly Chinese population.

It's All About Networking with Ariane Guan and David Cataford
10 – 11:30 a.m. MST

Following Alice's talk, you'll also get to participate in a skill-building networking workshop with David Cataford, a career development specialist at Career Services. We'll cover how to overcome awkwardness when meeting new people, sell yourself to employers, and create your own opportunities through networking.

Register for the morning session »

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Afternoon session

Cracking the Dress Code
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. MST

Join us for a catered lunch and discussion about a very "haute" topic. Has the way we dress for work changed with the times or are there still unspoken rules to follow? In this session, you can share your thoughts as we unpack the expectations and discuss the changing attitudes towards how we present ourselves at work.

Women, Work and Wellbeing
1:30 – 2:30 p.m MST

What's causing burnout for women? Charlotte Ong'ang'a and Ariane Guan from Career Services discuss the internal, cultural and professional forces that impact women throughout their careers. They'll also share how you can achieve work-life balance and how employers can create more high-trust and inclusive cultures at work.

Register for the afternoon session »

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Women's Rights Trivia Night

8 – 9 p.m. MST

Hosted by Amnesty International Club in collaboration with the Women's Resource Centre.

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Before attending any in-person events, please ensure:

  1. All attendees must be pre-registered.
  2. If you or anyone in your household has a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath, or is in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend the event. 
  3. Masks: Non-medical face masks must be worn in all indoor areas on University of Calgary campuses, as well as during University events hosted off-campus. Masks may be removed only under the following conditions:
    • When consuming food or drink. (Note: consuming food and drink is prohibited in teaching spaces where masks must remain on at all times.)
  4. The following types of masks or face coverings are not acceptable for use on campus:
    • Face Shields
    • Neck Gaiters (neck warmers)
    • Masks with exhalation valves

Masks are required to be worn until just before and replaced immediately after the activity or condition listed above. 

For further information on masking, please visit the Mask FAQ webpage.

Wednesday, March 9

Two stacks of coins with a small figurine sitting on one. On the other, a small figure is climbing a rope to the top.

What's your worth? Bridge the wage gap with negotiation

10 – 11 a.m. MST

A pay equity ‘hands-on’ salary negotiation workshop, geared toward graduating university students. With an introduction to the gender wage gap in Canada, this workshop offers practical tools to help female-identifying students recognize their transferable skills, bolster their resume and learn evidence-based negotiation strategies.

Presented by Mackenzie Cielen-Gough from the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)

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Panel: Women in Tech

4 – 5 p.m. MST

The tech industry still has a long way to go — women continue to be underrepresented and even underpaid. What steps can we take to promote change? Women across various roles in tech will share their experiences and advice with students.


Daphne Deng, Oriennia

Jena Rhydderch, Cost Certified

Cathleen Ghenne, Propra

Veronica Wajda, Neo Financial

Monica Alexandru, Harvest Builders

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Thursday, March 10

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Panel: Overcoming the Voice of Doubt

9 – 10 a.m. MST

We're often our own worst critics — this can hold us back in our careers. How can we gain confidence in our abilities and feel comfortable with accomplishments?

Join us to hear from a panel of professionals who overcame their imposter syndrome. Gain the confidence and personal skills to reach a little further, whether that’s embracing well-deserved recognition, taking on leadership, applying for a more advanced role and more.


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Imposter syndrome and your inner saboteurs

10:15 – 11 a.m. MST

Saboteurs are the voices in your head that generate negative emotions which affect the way you handle everyday challenges. They are automated patterns in your mind for how to think, feel, and react. Stress, anxiety, self-doubt, frustration, restlessness, and unhappiness are caused by them. Also, they undermine your performance, wellbeing, and personal relationships. This webinar is an introduction to your saboteurs and how you can activate your sages in your career journey.

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Jana Boyko

Entrepreneur Foundations

Noon – 1 p.m. MST

Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs! Jana Boyko will be leading an online webinar where she’ll teach you how to confidently take your first steps as a new entrepreneur and build your business mindfully, from the start. Jana will be sharing personal stories and lessons throughout the webinar, followed by Q&A

During this webinar, you'll learn:

  • The most powerful way to start your business and take your first steps
  • The key to feeling capable and confident as you move forward with your idea
  • The secret to building your business both mindfully and strategically

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Designing Your Life book cover. Written by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.

Designing Your Work Life

Noon – 1:30 p.m. MST

This experiential workshop offers an introduction to design-thinking mindsets and tools, based on the New York Times bestselling book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Through activities and reflective exercises, you will explore and gain a deeper awareness of what matters to you in your career journey. You will be introduced to design thinking and life planning tools, which will help you practice envisioning potential career possibilities, re-framing dysfunctional beliefs, making challenging decisions, and taking meaningful action towards your goals.

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Women in Sustainability: Appreciation with the Arts

5 – 6:30 p.m. MST

Through a diverse array of artistic expression, this event will show appreciation and highlight women who are engaging in sustainable initiatives or climate activism.

Hosted by the Sustainability Resource Centre & Women's Resource Centre.

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Friday, March 11

Dr. Jessica Wright

The Nuances of Consent vs. Coercion

Understanding and Preventing Harm in the Grey Area of Consent with Dr. Jessica Wright
Noon – 1 p.m. MST

In this workshop, Dr. Jessica Wright will examine the grey area of consent through a trauma-informed lens and explore how nuances between consent and coercion can be obscured. Learn how to better prevent sexual harm and create a more caring and connected sexual culture through more informed conversations about consent.

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Little Wiki Edit-a-thon on the Prairies

*Please note that this event will be held in-person at the Main Campus
2 – 4 p.m. MST at the Women's Resource Centre (MSC 482)

Wikipedia's gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: gaps in participation create gaps in content. Let's change that.

Join librarians Christie Hurrell, Alexandra Alisauskas and Dr. Rebecca Sullivan for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on women. You'll receive training for the beginner Wikipedian and reference materials. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to participate. 

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