MAX Women in Leadership | The Roaring 20's:100 years of progress and beyond

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McCarthy Tétrault

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Toronto, ON M5K 1E6


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MAX Women in Leadership | The Roaring 20's: 100 years of progress and beyond

About this Event

After the success of the launch of our MAX Women in Leadership program at our International Women's Day event in March 2019, we are thrilled to announce our annual flagship event for 2020!

Kicking off the week leading up to International Women's Day 2020, our event this year is dedicated to the "The Roaring 20's", focused on showcasing and celebrating the progress and impact women have made in the past 100 years from women's suffrage to equality in the workplace as well as looking forward to the next generation and years to come.

We are honoured to feature an incredible line up of multi-generational women who will share their personal experiences and their journeys and leadership roles. Join us in celebrating women - past, present and future and hear stories that inspire the next Canadian-Muslim leaders!

We look forward to seeing you all there - come join the conversation as a friend, ally and supporter. Stay tuned as we unveil our exciting speaker lineup!

We would like to acknowledge and thank our gracious sponsors for a second time in a row - McCarthy Tétrault - without whom this event would not have been possible. Thank you for your support!

Agenda in brief:

5:30 – 6:30pm: Registration

6:30 – 6:45pm: Opening Remarks (seated dinner begins)

6:45 - 7:15pm: Keynote Address

7:15 - 8:00pm: Panel Discussion | Generational Leadership

8:00 - 8:20pm: Looking Forward Address

8:20 - 8:30pm: Closing Remarks

8:30pm: Dessert and Networking


Keynote Address

Zabeen Hirji | Executive Advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte and Former Chief Human Resources Officer, Royal Bank of Canada

Panel Speakers

Haniya Sheikh | Counsel, Department of Justice (Co-Chair Islamic Heritage Month Committee with TDSB and Board Member, Silk Road Institute)

Zainab Walji | Partner, PwC (PwC's Women in Leadership Partner Co-Sponsor, Inclusion Champion and Deals Diversity & Inclusion Leader)

Samiya Abdi | Senior Program Specialist, Public Health Ontario (Co-creator of community engagement programs including Muslim Youth Fellowship, Aspire2Lead and co-founder of international movements including Somali Gender Equality and Famine resistors)

Aiza Abid | Founder, Aiza's Teddybear Foundation (Plan International Canada's Girls Belong Here Initiative CEO for the Day with RBC's Dave McKay)

Looking Forward Address

Zaynah Bhanji | Machine Learning Developer, Virtual & Augmented Reality Developer (Innovator, TKS ; Digital Changemaker, CIBC Live Labs; Co-Founder, Articulate and Technology Intern, Deloitte)

MC and Moderator

Toota Hassanien | Inclusion Now Office, McCarthy Tétrault (Former Program Manager, CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network)

For questions please reach out to:

Hena Awan | Managing Director, MAX Women in Leadership - hena.awan@maxgala.com

Kiran Channa | Vice-President, MAX Women in Leadership - kiran.ahsan@maxgala.com

About MAX:

The Muslim Awards for Excellence was founded with the aim to recognize, reward, celebrate & motivate high achievement, along with positive and productive contributions to society by Muslims in Canada. In keeping with the overarching vision to elevate the brand of Canadian Muslims, MAX Women In Leadership is a program with a mission to celebrate, inspire and cultivate leadership excellence in Canadian-Muslim women. www.maxgala.com


What is the dresscode for the event?

Business casual. Attendees can show their support for International Women's Day by wearing something in the colour purple - the international colour that symbolizes women.

Is this event for women only?

Absolutely not! We not only invite but encourage our male allies in the community to attend, show their support and learn invaluable lessons from some great leaders.

Is this event for Muslims only?

Not at all. We encourage and look forward to seeing our friends in the community join us for all of our events.

Does my ticket include dinner? What if I have dietary restrictions?

Yes. We are working with the in-house chef to curate a great Halal menu, but please email hena.awan@maxgala.com if you have any other dietary restrictions (e.g. allergies) that we should accommodate.

Do I need to bring a printed ticket with me?

We will have the name used to purchase your tickets at the registration desk, but just in case please have your receipt/proof of purchase email handy on your phone.

Can I transfer my tickets to someone else?

Yes. We ask you to send us an email to hena.awan@maxgala.com at least 72 hours in advance of the event however of the person that will be attending instead of you.

What is the seating arrangement? Can I reserve a table?

As this is a seated dinner event, the room will be set up in round tables. Seating will be open for you to take spot anywhere.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Your ID may be required to confirm your registration at the venue. There is no minimum age requirements, however this event is geared towards working professionals.

Will I be able to buy tickets at the door?

Unfortunately no. We will not be selling any tickets on the day of at the door.

Is there a hashtag for the event?

Of course! Let's make our event trend online by using #MAXWIL on all your social media posts.

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