Trailblazers’ Testimonies: MWIL’s Second Annual Leadership Conference

“Some leaders are born women.” – Geraldine Ferraro

ONLY $10 for an informative and life-changing day of speeches, networking, and interacting with highly renowned female leaders!!! Includes coffee, snacks, a formal lunch buffet ($40 value), cocktails, and EMPOWERMENT! So what are you waiting for??!!

Join the McGill Women in Leadership Students’ Association (MWIL) for our second annual Trailblazers’ Testimonies Leadership Conference this March! Trailblazers’ Testimonies is an inspiring day-long conference which features absolutely incredible women who are leaders in a diverse set of fields.

This year’s theme is Leadership Styles. In addition to their own career paths, speakers will discuss their personal styles of leadership and how they have developed and refined this technique throughout their careers. We aim to shine light on the fact that there is no universal definition of leadership by highlighting the stylistic differences between seven extremely successful and influential leaders.

The event will include opportunities to engage with any speaker who aligns with your career aspirations or leadership philosophy, as well as breakout sessions and a networking cocktail!

All profit made from the conference will go to the Native Women’s Shelter of Montréal. We will also be accepting donations of feminine hygiene products at the conference on behalf of the NWSM!!

As always, ALL are welcome to attend!


DR. HELLEN CHRISTODOULOU (PH.D. ING., B.C.L., LL.B., M.B.A.), Regional Director of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (Quebec)

SYLVIA PIGGOTT, Deputy Division Chief of the Information Services Department at the Joint World Bank/IMF Library; Former Senior Manager of Research and Business Information Service at BMO

PINA MARRA (CPA, CA), Senior Advisor in Capital Management at Desjardins; Former Faculty Lecturer BComm at McGill

ELENI BAKOPANOS (Liberal Party of Canada), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development; Former Assistant Deputy Chairman of Committees of the Whole; Former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

DR. MARTHE KASSOUF, Researcher at the Research Institute of Hydro-Quebec (IREQ)

DOMINIQUE PIROLO, Talent and Recruiting Specialist at Hybris/SAP Labs

CHRISTY WILSON, Professional Film Trailer Editor


Early Bird: $10
Regular: $15

*The first 100 people to purchase tickets will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $30 Lola Rosa gift cards
*The first 50 people to purchase tickets will be entered into a raffle to win 5 free Spin Energie classes (worth $110) – CLAIMED

…more prizes TBA!


DRESS CODE: International business attire

ACCESSIBILITY: This event is fully accessible to all via the first floor elevators in the evo lobby!


Welcome, registration, coffee, snacks —- 10am
Speaker presentations ———————— 11am – 1pm
Formal lunch buffet and dessert ———— 1pm – 2pm
Speaker presentations ———————— 2pm – 4pm
Breakout sessions —————————— 4pm – 5pm
Networking cocktail —————————– 5pm – 6:30pm

Thank you to our amazing sponsors:

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP
National Bank
Montréal Printing

SAP Hybris
Women in Wolfville
WeirFoulds LLP

Spin Énergie
Lola Rosa Milton
Sylvia Piggott
What She Said Radio
Ambiance Hair & Beauty 2000
Perrywinkle’s Bijouterie

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