McGill Woman of the Week

Zainab is a U3 student born in Sri Lanka. She immigrated to Canada when she was 5 and has been living in Montreal ever since. She’s currently doing an undergrad in the Faculty of Education, studying Secondary English with a second teachable in History. In her second year, she joined the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) as a project coordinator for the Homework Zone mentorship program. The program aims to bring McGill volunteer mentors to elementary schools in under-represented areas in Montreal to work 1-on-1 with students, encouraging academic growth alongside socio-emotional development. Over the course of this year and a half, she has organized weekly volunteer sessions in three schools in the Lester B. Pearson School Board. Early this semester, ZainabRead More »

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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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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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.

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.

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.

Woman of the Week – Garima Karia

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Garima Karia!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“To me, a great leader is synchronously a great mentor. My time at McGill has taught me the indispensible value of being personable and approachable as a leader. University is a place where so many diverse women (and students in general) are seeking opportunities to get involved, express themselves, and reach their full potential. However, it can be incredibly daunting to take the steps to achieve these outcomes, especially when one is thrown into such a fast-paced, competitive, and exciting environment. It takes a great leader to reach out to those experiencing Imposter Syndrome or lacking confidence in such an environment. Leadership means empowering others to pursue their goals and become leaders in their own ways.”

Garima is U2 student, pursuing a joint honours degree in Political Science and History with a minor in Cultural Studies. She is currently the VP Communications for the McGill Political Science Students’ Association, and the Director of Outreach for McGill’s Model UN delegation. She loves participating in Model UN, which she is excited to do as a Chair at SSUNS and Vice-Chair at McMUN, and as a coach at an all-girls high school in Montréal. Equally passionate about journalism, Garima is an opinion writer for the Bull & Bear and an editor for the McGill Students’ Business Review. This summer, Garima did compliance research with the G7 Research Group and volunteer work with her MP’s office in Toronto. She is also a Sponsorship Director in MWIL’s Sponsorship portfolio!

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Woman of the Week – Harshita Iyer

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Harshita Iyer!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership is the recognition of an objective bigger than yourself— and the recognition of the people, resources, and fortune that led you to that position. Successful leadership is less about control and authority, and more about support and guidance. As a leader, your job is to use the visibility of your position to elevate and prioritize the voices and narratives that go unheard. It is an equal amount stepping back as it is stepping up.”

Harshita is a U2, majoring in Economics with a double minor in Communications and Eastern Religion. She is involved with the Outreach branch at SACOMSS, where they facilitate workshops at Montreal schools about consent and the interconnections with different forms of oppression. She helps the centre with event planning and coordination for some of their bigger annual events. She is also on the McGill Moot Court team, has led Rez Project workshops to first year students and likes to do art whenever she can. She would love to eventually work in law.

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Woman of the Week – Erin Rose

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Erin Rose!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“I believe leadership is the ability to inspire others. I saw great leadership this past summer, through my boss this summer at the investment firm I worked at. She was 35 – one of the youngest people at the firm. Though she was young, she was one of the greatest leaders I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She did not just guide me but also helped me realize my strengths, weaknesses and pushed me towards achieving my goals.”

Erin is a U1 student, double majoring in History and English. She is currently the VP Fundraising for McGill’s SynesthASIA. She’s worked with clubs on campus and off to organize some excellent fundraisers. She is very passionate about learning and education, as well as animals. She hopes to one day volunteer for one of Montreal’s animal shelters.

PC: Chloe Lim