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Diversity and Inclusion Insights: Imagining (and creating) more equitable workplaces

September 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ADT

As we begin our 30th year, Women in Communications and Technology believes that true diversity is an achievable goal. The importance of diversity in the workplace has never been greater, and more and more individuals and companies are taking action to build better organizations.

Don’t let this moment pass you (and your organization) by. Register today for our interactive forum on September 28 to take the next step towards achieving true diversity.

This event is for you if:

  • You want to learn more about how diversity impacts business outcomes.
  • You’re a DEI or HR professional looking to connect and learn from others in your field.
  • You’re a WCT member (register now for free if you are!) and you’re committed to DEI no matter your role or sector.
  • You’re a leader in your organization who wants to know how to build better, more inclusive workspaces.

We are proud to partner with Cisco to bring this event to life virtually.

Keynote speaker: Ginella Massa, host of CBC News’ Canada Tonight with Ginella Massa, in conversation with Willa Black, Cisco Canada’s Vice-President, Corporate Affairs.

How Diversity Delivers Business Results | 12:45-1:30 EST

In this panel, you’ll learn:

• The impact of culture of diversity in a talent war
• How diversity produces better decision-making and governance
• And the answer to the question: does diversity ever happen by accident?

Chameli Naraine, President & CEO, Symcor

Monika Ille, CEO, APTN

In conversation with: Shannon Leininger, President, Cisco Canada

Making it Real. Keeping it Real | 1:30-2:15 EST 

In this session you’ll learn:

  • how to build a diverse, inclusive and equitable culture in your organization
  • the business benefits of that culture
  • and how to take action for greater inclusion

Minelli Clements, CEO/Founder, Lorcan

Fiona Gao, Sr. Director of Marketing Strategy, Partnerships & Analytics, Moneris Solutions

Sky Bridges, CEO, Winnipeg Foundation

Stephanie Byard, Director, Media Sales and Head of Agency, Rogers Sports Media

Pelra Azondekon, Director of Corporate Venture Capital for Quebecor

Moderator: Saba Shariff, Head New Product Development & Corporate Strategy, Symcor

DE&I Best Practices Swap Meet | 2:15-3:00 EST

In this panel, you’ll learn:

  • Why a diverse leadership team is important
  • How to collect data to inform HR and DEI best practices
  • How to begin an initiative for greater inclusion on your organization

Starrlee DeGrace, Co- Leader, IBM Canada Indigenous ERG

Jenn Rideout, Cisco Canada

Liette Vigneault, Vice President, Talent and Employee Experience, Cogeco

Jeremy Holland, Employer Services Manager, Prospect Human Services

Moderator: Cheryl Fullerton, WCT Chair (EVP People and Communications, Corus)



September 28, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ADT
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