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International Women’s Day

This blog was written by Stephanie Enders and was originally posted at

The City of Edmonton describes International Women’s Day as “a global celebration of the inspirational economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.” For us, it’s an opportunity to spark conversations around the unique challenges and opportunities that face women in our startup and technology communities.

Last year, we introduced you to some of the incredible women that play vital roles in our community, from founders to volunteer organizers, students to scientists. This year, we want to showcase some of the opportunities in town where you can engage in conversations around the experience of women in our city, in tech and beyond.

“Our team is predominately female, and we’re proud to be of service to our community and demonstrate on a daily basis the benefits of greater gender inclusion on teams.”

Last week, Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, hosted a lunch on the Economics of Inclusion and I encourage you to pop over to the archived live-stream for more insight on how inclusion, in all its forms, can bolster our economy.

Here is a small sampling of events taking place in March that can help spark your conversations and deepen your commitment to inclusion in your own work.


Inspired by recent social media movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, the focus for #girlbossyeg 2018 will be on mitigating gender inequality in the workplace.

This year’s #girlbossyeg will bring together community leaders with young professionals to discuss the challenges faced in the workplace by women (e.g., sexual harassment, sexual assault, pay inequity, discrimination etc.) and how we can collectively work towards overcoming them.

Confirmed Panelists:

  1. Erin Leonty, Global Manager of Organizational Development at Finning International, Inc.

  2. Grace Cleveland, Law Student at the University of Alberta and organizer of #LawNeedsFeminismBecause campaign in Edmonton

  3. Dr. Kisha Supernant, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta

  4. Kristin Raworth, Senior Policy Advisor for the Government of Alberta

  5. Paula Kirman, Co-organizer with the March On Edmonton Collective and freelance communications professional and digital content strategist

  6. Trisha Estabrooks, Edmonton Public School Board Trustee and co-host of The Broadcast: podcast on women & politics


Edmonton’s Women’s Initiative has planned an exciting, informative and interesting program to help celebrate girls and women and International Women’s Day. The theme this year is Press for Progress.


  1. Address by Mayor Don Iveson

  2. The Women’s Initiative Leadership Award

  3. Artistic performances and displays showcasing many women’s initiatives and resources


Presented by the Iranian Student’s Association of University of Alberta and the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton.

An evening of lectures, socializing and a workshop at the Cameron Science & Technology Library at the University of Alberta.


  1. Dr. Elaheh Dehnavi, Ph.D. in Adaptive Literature

  2. Samira Torabi, an anthropology student

  3. Dr. Zohreh Bayatzizi, Faculty of Sociology


  1. Literature: Amir Hossein Yazdanband, author

  2. Field of science: Dr. Narges Hosseini, researcher and lecturer in chemistry

  3. Sports field: Elham Parnian Heidari, radio station director and reporter

  4. Cinema: Reza Basirzadeh, a drama student


What I Wish I Knew offers practical workplace advice for young professionals. They are using their own experience, research, and years in the trenches to help lift you up.

Research points to an ongoing trend that men are more likely to benefit from coaching and advice than women are, even for issues that are common to both. Overwhelmingly, the evidence says that mentors seek out younger versions of themselves, and so it’s still common for capable young women to find themselves advancing less quickly because they are battling even the smallest issues without a guide.

WIWIK wants to help build that roadmap in a world that is quickly evolving, highly ambiguous, but still rooted in traditional approaches to work.

How do I know if I am ready for entrepreneurship? Do I have the skills I need to succeed? Do I even know what skills I need? Taking the leap into self-employment can be overwhelming, daunting, and confusing, but we got you.

At this What I Wish I Knew, we’re talking about starting your own business. Maybe you’re just about to graduate, or perhaps you’ve done a stint in a company and know you want your own. They’re bringing in savvy business owners to answer these questions and share their business journeys—from concept to planning to action. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of self-employment and if this path is for you.

  1. Shannon Neighbour

  2. Brandy Burdeniuk

  3. Elizabeth Hanlis

  4. Collen Nuc


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