Google Global Science Fair Winner
Talent Bureau is proud to work with the top female leaders in Canada who share their experiences and inspire women to aim for greatness. Learn crucial insights from the women who are leading national and international conversations about some of the world’s most critical issues.
The kyriarchy is a term for the complex power dynamics that exist in modern society. Wealth, race, gender, class and more will all affect an individual’s life in ways both dramatic and subtle. Consider that women have only had the right to vote for about 100 years in Canada, and the centuries beforehand when they were disenfranchised. Consider that women in the industrialized workforce were almost unimaginable before World War II, how it took millions of men being shipped overseas for combat to create social change in North America. Consider to this day the disproportionate violence and injustice that women face, the questions about whether or not they are too weak or too strong, too bold or too timid, too fat or too skinny; consider the myriad ways we compare women to an impossible standard that constantly fluctuates depending on our mood, and you’ll understand why we need female leaders.
Imagination is a key part of becoming who you want to be; you must create an ideal, imagine a narrative, and see it through. One challenge the underprivileged of the world face is finding trailblazers who have navigated the waters they want to traverse. Innovative and courageous women who take up the mantle of leadership can be a North Star; girls and women who could have never imagined themselves leading in a particular field now have a concrete example of someone who has, whose traits they can emulate. Men benefit from seeing women in leadership positions too; it can help them shed unconscious bias about what women are like, and who they can be, by giving concrete evidence of strong women who lead through their feminity, not by shedding it.
To this end, our roster features some of the most inspiring women in the world. Breaking boundaries is what great leadership is all about, and as the first Canadian woman in space, Roberta Bondar has literally broken through the stratosphere. Zahra Ebrahim, founder of ArchiTEXT, invites you to evaluate the intersection between architecture, design and social change. Coding is a relatively new domain of work, but it’s still male-dominated; Melissa Sariffodeen founded Ladies Learning Code to try to change this, but after realizing how many more people could benefit from this knowledge, founded Canadians Learning Code, an even more ambitious endeavor. Ariel Garten is a true polymath, a Renaissance woman who has found success in the worlds of fashion, art, psychotherapy and real estate, with her most recent success being the founding of InteraXon, the company that creates Muse, a meditation-guiding brain scanner. That type of innovation comes from a place of creativity, of doing what others haven’t dreamed of; it’s exactly the reason we need female leaders in our society.
All of our speakers in this category, from Arlene Dickenson of Dragon’s Den to two-time Olympic Gold winner Catriona Le May Doan, have incredible insights to share about what it takes to succeed as a leader in this tumultuous world. Their stories will be sure to inspire everyone in your organization to rethink both leadership and gender norms.
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