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Women's Mental Health & Leadership Conference

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SSC Convention Center, York University

4700 Keele St #335

Toronto, ON L5N1X2

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This conference will raise awareness of the interconnections among gender equality, mental health, and women’s leadership.

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The Women's Mental Health & Leadership Conference, hosted by Women's Mental Health Talks at York University, will highlight the multitude of systemic, structural, and socio-cultural factors that impact women’s mental health and leadership potential in fields such as business, politics, healthcare, STEM, research, and tech. What types of barriers to leadership do women in these fields face? How did such barriers impact their mental health and well-being? How do they continuously challenge systems that perpetuate gender inequality?

The professional speakers and workshop facilitators will provide women with strategies they can use to enhance their mental health and confidence to be impactful leaders who challenge systems that perpetuate injustice and who manifest positive changes in their communities.

*SPEAKERS INCLUDE (4 professional speakers & 2 student leaders on campus):

Rhonelle Bruder: Having overcome many traumatic experiences including teenage homelessness, sexual exploitation, and poverty, Rhonelle had to learn strategies not merely to survive but thrive despite her challenging circumstances. Her desire to support others to rise despite what obstacles they face led her to become the Founder of the RISE Initiative; a program dedicated to helping vulnerable young people strengthen resilience, health and wellness.

Megan Kirk Chang: Is a 4th year PhD Candidate at York University. She recently launched the first registered clinical research trial in Canada to investigate an online mind-body intervention to help alleviate symptoms of posttraumatic stress among young adults with PTSD. Megan is the Founder of the Global Mindfulness Collective and works as a Transformation Coach with CAMH & the UHN.

Ayana Webb: Is a process and program designer who uses anti-oppressive practices in everything she does. She works with a variety of stakeholders in collaborative and participatory settings to develop programs, initiatives and engagements that address complex social issues. She’s an awarded innovator and a seasoned facilitator.

Brittany Maclean: A former Canadian Olympic swimmer who’s a national record-breaker. MacLean won her first international medals in 2014, with a bronze medal in the 800-m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games and a silver medal in Gasglow. MacLean remains the Canadian Record holder in the 400, 800 and 1500 meter freestyle events.

Tashin Rodoshi: Is currently enrolled for her Honours BA in Law & Society. She is the President for UNICEF @ York U, as well as the Youth Advisor with Scarborough SW Youth Council. She hopes to further advocate for equitable changes for children through engaging in an critical-intersectional framework.

Ariella Kantorowitz - Sapers: Is an Astrophysics student at York University. After completing a Psychology degree, Ariella decided to enter the world of STEM. She is now the Student Coordinator for the Allan I. Carswell Observatory and an undergraduate researcher.

*Workshops on the following topics:

1) Conflict Resolution in the Workplace by Osgoode Hall Law School Mediation Clinic

2) Strategies for Healing from Trauma by Megan Kirk Chang

3) Self-Care, Mental Health, & Women's Leadership by WMHT Executives

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SSC Convention Center, York University

4700 Keele St #335

Toronto, ON L5N1X2

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