Trailblazers’ Testimonies!

What makes a leader? How is “good” leadership defined – and by whom?

Too often the attributes depicting women in leadership present an exclusive value set which fails to encompass difference in individuals. At McGill Women in Leadership Students’ Association, we believe leaders come in all forms, from all sectors, represent all backgrounds and exist in varying roles all of which have equal merit. The theme of our conference this year is “Reimagining Leadership” where we aim to better understand what being a leader means to different women and how intersectionality plays a key role in determining the various pathways that direct women into leadership positions. It’s time for women to define, on our own terms, what leadership means to us and how we can work to create conditions in the workforce that truly celebrates diversity.

Location: New Residence Hall (Ballroom A)
Accessibility: Elevator access to the ballroom via the main floor.
Dress Code: Professional Attire
Language: This speaker event is being held in English.

Contact: mcgillwil@gmail.com

McGill is located on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka traditional territory.

Woman of the Week – Lauren Soave

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Lauren Soave!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership is the ability to pass on the passion that you have for something in order to drive others to attain a goal. I think without passion it’s really hard to be influential to others. You have to want something bad enough to want others to want it to. Looking at the world today and our leaders, I see that lack in passion. Leading others should not be motivated by obligation or money, but it should be motivated by wanting to make something good happen in this world.”
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A Day in the Life with Serisha Iyar

We are so excited to present to you McGill Women in Leadership Students’ Association‘s very own Co-President Serisha Iyar on Feb.18th as the next leadership spotlight in our Snapchat “Day in the Life” feature!

“Hi Everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, I am currently in my final ~U3~ year at McGill majoring in Political Science with a minor in World Religions. Tune in to our Snapchat for a behind the scenes look at the MWIL executive team as we prepare for our upcoming annual Trailblazers’ Testimonies Conference. You can also check out the work I do on the weekends (outside of chilling in Club McLenz) with Pre – Before you leave and The Mosaic Institute via UofMosaic at McGill. Join me for very hilarious snaps that no one but me laughs at, and watch as I run around in this beau-ti-ful MTL weather on a Saturday instead of sleeping in. See you then!”

Financial Literacy Workshop

Are you stressed about your student debt ? Does investing seem like a daunting task ? Are you already saving for your future ?

Investing and managing personal finances doesn’t have to be complicated ! MWIL is welcoming two professionals to demystify investment and teach you the basics of personal finance management.

Join us on February 16th in Lev Bukhman and get a headstart on your post-graduation life !

Women in Entertainment

Great films require great producers, but what makes a great producer? What does it take to be in the entertainment business? How do I make my script stand out? How to pitch my idea to a network?
A Gemini and Emmy Award producer, a director of international relations telefilm Canada and an artist manager and world tour show producer are coming to McGill to answer all of these questions!
Don’t miss your chance! February 13th at 6h00 Burnside Building

A Day in the Life with Helen Ogundeji

Tune in this Thursday February 2nd for our first Snapchat Takeover of 2017 headlined by Helen Ogundeji, President of the Sociology Students’ Association of McGill University.

“Hello!

My name is Helen Ogundeji and I am a Sociology major, Philosophy and Social Studies of Medicine double minor, and a double Aries! I am currently president of the Sociology Student’s Association where we aim at connecting soci students though events as well as offering services for those in need. Additionally, i am VP Internal of the Black Students’ Network of McGill where I write the super fun, award-winning listservs. I am currently in the middle of planning a Symposium for black student’s groups across Canada and creating somewhat of an internship program for black-owned businesses to work with McGill students over the summers. I am also a floor fellow for McGill residences at Carrefour Sherbrooke where I do my best to help foster a safe and comfortable community for first year students to live and hopefully have the best start to their time here at McGill. Lastly (I know, oh my god), I am a fellow with the UofMosaic at McGill Fellowship Program where, along with the rest of the McGill cohort, I help plan events and discussions related to various diaspora groups (this year we are focusing on colourism from an international perspective). Wow, anyway that’s me!”

Woman of the Week – Udita Samuel

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Udita Samuel!

When asked what leadership means to her, she said:

“Leadership is about being passionate about what you do and the team that works with you. A good leader is someone who is able to bring together a team of people with different perspectives, skills and experiences to work together. To lead, one has to understand the key strengths and weaknesses across the team and bring together viewpoints for a greater cause. Whether it is bolstering a team’s strengths or working striving through downfalls, a good leader is able to translate passion into great outcomes. A passionate leader is able to engage their team, compel new ideas and guide them towards a goal or outcome. This means a leader is able to trust others with an idea and make it their own. Leadership is also being a part of something bigger than just you. As Hillary Clinton says, “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you ever can.”

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This One’s For 2017!

Do you need to catch up some quality time with friends? Come support McGill Women in Leadership’s first fundraiser of the year with your friends!

MWIL presents ~ This One’s for 2017 ~ Friday January 20th!
Make sure to arrive at 10pm to enjoy to the fullest!

Tickets are only $10, and can be purchased via Tilt:
https://www.tilt.com/tilts/this-ones-for-2017?_branch_match_id=348896166827722235

Tilt Ambassador Code: MGSERISHA

Tickets can be picked up after payment/purchased in cash on Tuesday January 17th and 18th in the Bronfman Building Lobby from 11am to 3pm.

OR

Contact:
VP Fundraising – Mary Thieffry at (438)-926-8940 to pick up/purchase tickets.

Women in Engineering and Technology

Are you considering a career as an engineer? Are you interested in meeting with women who are successful in this traditionally male-dominated field?

If so, then join us for this collaborative event between MWIL and POWE, our first speaker series of 2017!

Our guest speakers will share their personal experiences, describe their typical work day, discuss their career paths, and provide advice for students interested in pursuing this field.

Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A where you will have the opportunity to ask your own questions and to engage with our guest speakers:

– Darlene Wilson (Software Development – Ericsson )

-Marie-Christine Cloutier (Program Manager – Bombardier -Aerostructuresand Engineering)

– Katherine Perron (Project Manager – Metro Richelieu)

The room is located on the ground floor of the McConnell Building. The building is wheelchair accessible via elevators. Note: there is construction work currently happening on campus and some entrances may be blocked or difficult to navigate.