Woman of the Week – Claire Michela

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Claire Michela!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:
“Leadership requires flexibility and openness. It requires taking responsibility for your actions, listening attentively, and responding to feedback. It requires taking risks. As a woman in leadership, the toughest aspect for me has been to learn how to speak up for myself and others and I’m still working to improve my skills. Now more than ever, women-identified people need to act radically by speaking truth to power.”

Claire is from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario and graduated in 2013 with a B.A. Joint Honours in Women’s Studies and Anthropology. In 2014, she began working full-time at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) as the Student Affairs Coordinator. There, she played a role in developing and implementing a new program at McGill: Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and Social Justice Studies. At the same time, Claire began working with the Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE), the union for Casual employees. She served as a Board member, then Labour Relations Officer of the union. Now, she is the President of AMUSE at this critical time of negotiations for Floor Fellows’ and Casuals’ Collective Agreements. Next year, Claire will attend law school to pursue a career in labour law.

Woman of the Week – Stacie Liang

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Stacie Liang!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

‘Leadership means responsibility to me. Yes, being the leader gives me more authority, but with authority, comes greater responsibility and accountability. I once read an article that compared a leader to a shepherd, which I agree to a great extent. So, a shepherd can’t say ‘oh well, I lost the sheep, but it’s not my fault’. No, it doesn’t matter if the sheep wander, you, as the leader, are responsible for unforeseen issues, and you are the one who has to remain calm and solve the issue instead of pointing fingers. Moreover, just like a shepherd protects the sheep from diseases and possible dangers, a leader also takes care of his/her members, both professionally and psychologically. A leader is there to guide the members in the dealings, to listen to their opinions, and also to support them emotionally at the time of difficulty.”

Stacie is a U4 from Xi’an, China studying Mechanical Engineering! She is currently serving as the Student President of McGill Institute for Aerospace Engineering, leading a council of 8 students. They just had their biggest event of the year – Annual Industry Dinner, where 40 industrial professionals were invited to network and have dinner with 40 student at McGill. Her involvements at McGill also include being a mechanical designer at McGill Robotics, working on the Mars Rover. She was previously the VP Education of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and a mentor for kids at a local elementary school with Homework Zone.

Women and Democracy with Aruna Roy

Aruna Roy’s discussion on women and democracy will touch on women’s participation in politics beyond consultation to a direct role in the decision-making process and the implementation of plans. The foundation of a democratic government rests on principles of accountability and transparency in political structures and in leadership. By incorporating a feminist leadership style based on principles of collective responsibility and a collective process of decision-making, groups and organizations can adhere to democratic principles and values.
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Woman of the Week – Alexandra Alacchi

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Alexandra Alacchi!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership is about stimulating growth through conversation. It isn’t about having all the right answers, but approaching issues with the courage and humility to engage with different opinions. While it’s important to be proactive by taking informed risks, it’s also important to be reactive – to listen with an open mind and to supplement the consequent evolution of your ideas with action. The leaders I admire are effective communicators who challenge their peers to think critically. They facilitate constructive and meaningful exchanges both within and between groups to build bridges and resolve conflicts. I sincerely believe that information is power, but if you hoard it you’re condemning both your team and your dream to failure.”

Alexandra is a 2L in the Faculty of Law! During her studies in Political Science, Alexandra developed a curiosity about the way the law governs the power dynamics between individuals, businesses, and institutions. This interest motivated Alexandra to seek out the mentorship of policy experts, public interest lawyers, and politicians through internships in cities around the world including Paris, New York, Geneva, and Ottawa. She serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of two political organizations and has been volunteering on political campaigns at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels since before she could vote. She looks forward to a career in corporate law in which she hopes to shatter the glass ceiling to smithereens.

A Day in the Life with Elaine Patterson

Tune in this THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 on our snapcat to watch a day in the life of Elaine Patterson, Vice-President of Student Life at Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU):

“Hey everyone! My name is Elaine Patterson and I am the Vice-President Student Life of the SSMU! My job is to provide resources and support to SSMU’s 250 different clubs, services, and independent student groups in addition to working on mental health initiatives, offering programming for students with dependents, and so much more! Follow me on snapchat for a day in the life of collaborating with student staff, giving presentations on how to be a great student group, an inside look at SSMU Council, and then end the night with a drink at good ol’ Gerts!

Add MWIL on Snapchat via our username: mcgillwil, or by taking a snap of this picture!

MWIL Talks: Female Voices in a New America

MWIL would like to invite self-identifying female McGill students to join us for an inspired discussion on women’s issues, rights, and voices in today’s sociopolitical context. In light of the recent U.S. election, we recognize that several of us may feel targeted, unrepresented, or at the very least, divided in thought. We encourage the constructive exploration of these issues in an inclusive environment that strives to recognize female resilience and solidarity.

As a campus group led by women for the empowerment of women, we feel that now more than ever is the time to reflect and rely on each other for support. To our female student leaders and leaders-in-the-making, we hope to see you there.

Woman of the Week – Afreen Aliya

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Afreen Aliya!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“For me, leadership is defined by 3 concepts: guiding the team with a goal in mind, dealing with difficult and risky situations, and pushing the limit. A leader is able to bring a team together and motivate them to work towards a common goal. One should always try to create a positive atmosphere for their team and foster a strong bond with them. When faced with a challenge, a good leader has to be able to establish a supporting team spirit and environment. The functioning of the team is seamless when everyone gets along well. Additionally, a leader is able to bring out the best in their teammates to reach new horizons. All in all, I believe a good leader is someone who has an optimistic attitude, high self-esteem and encourages the team to work towards a bigger and a better future.”

Afreen is a U3 from Mysore, India studying Computer Engineering. She has been the VP Communications at Lean In at McGill University, the co-President of McGill International Student Network and a chair at TechWeek. She is involved with POWE, acting as the Communications Coordinator as well as Off-Campus Council, helping to hold events for students who live-off campus in their first year. She is passionate about technology, travel, music and reading and would one day love to work with state of the art technology.