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Championing Diversity and Challenging Unconscious Bias

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Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering

9211 116 Street Northwest

8th floor- Fred Pheasey Engineering Commons

Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9

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"Standing together as women in Edmonton"

We’ve all been there. That awkward moment when a coworker makes a racist joke. Or when you see others judging your friend with the headscarf. Or your team laughs off a co-worker because they couldn't understand the content underneath a heavy accent. Ugh. Maybe you freeze. Maybe you've perfected a snarky comeback. Or maybe, just maybe, you don’t say anything because you don’t want to rock the boat

Many organizations are seeking ways to promote equality at all levels, including senior leadership. As with any change, this transition to equity has occurred (really) slowly. And frankly, so too have our attitudes and behaviours. At this event, we will explore how we can better understand the challenges due to unconscious bias (whether they are subtle or unintended) and discuss its impact on professionals including women of diverse backgrounds.

This What I Wish I Knew x WISER event addresses how we support professional minority women in the workplace. Yes, diversity and inclusion policies are critical, but it’s just as important that we stand up for each other in those small, awkward moments. So if you’re tired of the ebonics, fist-pumps or comments on your gal pal’s hijab, then we hope you’ll join us as we walk through the practical, everyday advice on how to be an ally at work.

Panelists include:

  • Shana Dion, Assistant Dean, First Nations and Inuit Students, University of Alberta

  • Anna- Maria LeMaistre, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Enbridge

  • Rebecca Smillie, Manager, Community Investment Strategist

  • Dr. Ania Ulrich, Dean of Outreach Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta

***Bios for our panelists will be found at our website.

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Doors open at 5:30 PM. TICKETS ARE FREE! Space is limited and tickets go fast. Invite your friends and get your tickets today!

Parking available after 4:30 p.m. in Windsor Carpark. Entrance off 116 Street, south of Saskatchewan Drive.

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What I Wish I Knew is an event series that offers very, VERY practical advice for young female professionals. Whether it's navigating traditional or sexist workplaces, or just simple get-'er-done advice, we've got you.

For more information visit iwishiknew.ca #iWishiKnewYEG

WISER is a sub-community of WISEST aimed at serving the needs of early-career professionals.The WISER Network is designed to connect early-career women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with each other and with the information, resources, support, and professional development opportunities they require to advance in their careers.

For more information visit https://wiseredmonton.ca/


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Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering

9211 116 Street Northwest

8th floor- Fred Pheasey Engineering Commons

Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9

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