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uOttawa International Womxn's Week 2021

uOttawa International Womxn's Week 2021

On March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. This year from March 1 – 9, Invest Ottawa with its partners will run the 3rd Annual International Womxn’s Week (IWW) with a shared goal - to inspire, equip and empower womxn professionally. It will take all of us working together to expedite change. That is why the University of Ottawa is partnering with Invest Ottawa to bring nine jam-packed days of virtual events to you. Visit the Invest Ottawa website to register for all other events in the community.

Events and activities

Pathways to Leadership and Entrepreneurship - A Conversation with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Women

March 3rd, 2021 - 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.


On Wednesday, March 3, at 12:00 PM, in the week of celebration of womxn and gender awareness, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, in collaboration with the Idea Connector Network, will host a panel with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous experts. Indigenous experts will provide their perspectives on “Education and Skills Development", "Business Success", and "Women and Human Rights," and Non-Indigenous experts will provide perspectives on “Developing Leadership Skills” and “Opening Doors.”

This event features two representatives from the Telfer community:

  • Sandra Schillo, Core member of the ISSP and Associate Professor at the Telfer School of Management, uOttawa
  • Sophia Leong (EMBA 1995),  Executive Lead, Development & International Relations at the University of Ottawa

Womxn Leading Globally in Cybersecurity ›

March 3rd, 2021 - 1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Panel discussion

Join the University of Ottawa and Invest Ottawa to:

  • Explore the state of global cybersecurity including key opportunities, needs, threats and big ideas;
  • Acquire inspiration, actionable insight and thought leadership with hands-on learning and interactive engagement;
  • Drive measurable commitment, action and change with a focus on impactful strategies to develop, attract and retain a highly diverse and inclusive talent pipeline with strong womxn cyber leaders;
  • Recognize and celebrate the leadership and collective achievements of womxn changemakers, leaders and influencers from every walk of life in cybersecurity.

This event features two Telfer alumni:

  • Rob Rashotte (EMBA 2008), Vice President, Global Training & Technical Field Enablement at Fortinet
  • Sophia Leong (EMBA 1995),  Executive Lead, Development & International Relations at the University of Ottawa

Marketing DNA: Why you need it

March 4th, 2021 - 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Marketing DNA

How comfortable are you in marketing or promoting yourself?

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend masterclasses with two experts with marketing as their calling card.  They are the ‘Swiss Army Knife of Marketing’.  Everyone needs to understand how to market and assume control of their narratives. One of the many challenges that women face professionally is knowing how to effectively self-advocate to move into desired roles, projects, and opportunities. In short, personal/digital brand. 

Join us as we learn from seasoned women marketers about the importance of having ‘Marketing DNA’ and discuss why women need to find the pain points of organizations and position themselves as the solutions. You are invited to ask questions after the masterclasses.

This event features two Telfer alumnae:

  • Dipalli Bhatt (EMBA 2016), Head of Marketing at Incognito Software Systems Inc.
  • Sophia Leong (EMBA 1995), Executive Lead, Development & International Relations at the University of Ottawa

The Link | Le Lien

French Event: 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
English Event: 12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

The Link

The University of Ottawa’s Alumni Association and Entrepreneurship Hub (eHub) are thrilled to present a brand-new series highlighting entrepreneurial paths with Alumni from around the world. In honour of International Womxn’s Week, we’ll be hosting a live premiere of Episode 1 and Episode 2. Register today and join us Friday, March 5th!

This event is organized by two Telfer alumnae:

  • Kathleen Kemp (BCom 2015), Manager at eHub 
  • Veronica Farmer (EMBA 1996), Director of Partnerships & Commercialization, Kanata North and Executive-in-Residence at eHub

HERoes are key to growing companies ›

March 8th, 2021 - 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.


An IWW 2021 event hosted by the University of Ottawa and MindBridge Ai.

The inclusion of women in tech and/or leadership positions remains low and elusive.  Given the speed of innovation and the increasing talent gap, it is logical that organizations need to create space to have more women working in tech, in particular in cybersecurity and Ai.  The question is how?

Join our panellists for an interactive event to explore BIG ideas on why and how organizations need to hire more women to remain competitive and achieve organizational growth.  Participants will also learn first-hand the tips and tools to prepare for a successful career in cybersecurity and Ai. Come prepared with questions and to learn.

This event features a Telfer alumna:

  • Sophia Leong (EMBA 1995),  Executive Lead, Development & International Relations at the University of Ottawa

Panel Discussion: Better and Stronger Men as Allies  ›

March 8th, 2021 - 12:55 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Man allies

On this International Womxn’s Week, let’s explore how “Better Together” can drive towards a more diverse and inclusive society. We often come across examples of women supporting women throughout their careers, but having the same support from our men as allies is also very powerful in creating and promoting opportunities for women. uOttawa Women in Innovation is hosting a panel discussion “Better and Stronger Men as Allies” on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2021. Join us to hear, from inspirational role models, their point of view on the subject, and explore how to identify and forge relationships with men who are allies and create concrete change along the way.

Shirley Greenberg Annual Conference: Introduction to the Abolition of Prison and Police. ›

March 8th, 2021 - 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. (Event and CC in French only)

Abolition prison et police

Professor Nathalie Batraville will provide an introduction to the prospects for the abolition of prison and police. Abolitionist thinking within the feminist movement reflects on ways to develop community-based, non-punitive and transformative responses to issues of security and social justice. Care, investment in social services, and the development of tools within communities are at the heart of this approach.

The ABCs for Womxn Entrepreneurs - Access, Balance & Connect  ›

March 8th, 2021 - 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.


Kathlene Evanski Portfolio Manager with BMO Private Wealth and uOttawa Kanata North in partnership with uOttawa’s Entrepreneurship Hub and the Women’s Business Network are hosting this event for new and aspiring womxn entrepreneurs as part of 2021 International Womxn’s Week in Ottawa. Womxn entrepreneurs face many obstacles launching and operating their businesses. Navigating the right path to their success is a road paved with hard work, sacrifices and biases. Access to funding, balancing responsibilities and connecting with the right people and support systems are some of the major challenges womxn entrepreneurs face. So how can we better support and drive positive change for our new and aspiring womxn entrepreneurs? Join us on March 8 for a dynamic panel discussion that addresses the ABCs of entrepreneurship.

This event features two Telfer alumnae:

  • Kathleen Kemp (BCom 2015), Manager at eHub 
  • Veronica Farmer (EMBA 1996), Director of Partnerships & Commercialization, Kanata North and Executive-in-Residence at eHub

Three Chords and the Truth: A Conversation About Representation in Country Music  ›

March 8th, 2021 - 5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Three Chords

Recent polls show that country music ranks as one of the most popular music genres in the USA. But since 2000, there has been a drastic decline in the presence of songs by female artists on the format – down to an 10% average of airplay in 2019. Most disconcertingly, this percentage represents airplay almost entirely for white women, as songs by Black women are essentially excluded from the format. Recent studies show that current practices for programming and signing artists continue to enforce racial segregation and gender discrimination that were institutionalised in the industry in the 1920s. How do BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and white female artists operate within these structures?

In “Three Chords and the Truth”, Dr. Jada Watson will lead a panel conversation on representation in country music culture with two women singer-songwriters. They will discuss their journeys to country music, their songwriting practice, and reflect on the current (and historic) cultures of racial and gender inequity that plague the industry.

DARE to be Different

March 9th, 2021 - 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

DARE to be different

Conventional wisdom often tells us that our career paths are linear and there’s only one way to get to where we want to go. But what if this isn’t necessarily the case? What if there are multiple pathways to successful careers? What if you take unconventional paths to achieve success, work on cool stuff with pretty cool people? Join us as we learn from three powerful womxn who will share their stories on how they dared to be different, and how grit, courage, and resiliency propels them to achieve success on their own terms, while impacting their communities. Come ready to be inspired and ask questions of our panellists!

This event features two Telfer alumnae:

  • Julie Lupinacci (EMBA 2016), Chief Customer Officer at Hydro Ottawa
  • Sophia Leong (EMBA 1995), Executive Lead, Development & International Relations at the University of Ottawa

uO BookIn: A Woman in Engineering, Memoirs of a Trailblazer. An Autobiography by Monique (Aubry) Frize ›

March 11th, 2021 - 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

book club

In this session, Beverly Marchand, University of Ottawa alumna (B.A. '16, MA-Arts '18) and PhD candidate, will lead this discussion on the autobiography of Monique Frize, A Woman in Engineering: Memoirs of a Trailblazer. The meeting will feature extracts from pre-recorded video interviews of the authors, along with discussions on the topics covered in the books. This online book club is meant to be a friendly forum through which you can ask questions and discuss the selected book with the group, whether you’ve read the book entirely, partially, or not yet. Everyone is welcome to join.

Women Leading Globally | Women in Philanthropy | International Women's Day 2021 with Elevate International ›

March 4th, 2021 - 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
March 5th, 2021 - 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
March 8th, 2021 - 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

elevate international 2021

This year, Elevate International is transforming its annual International Women’s Day on Parliament in-person event to a far-reaching 3-part virtual gathering of women in the workplace, corporate leaders, thought leaders and influencers passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This event features two Telfer alumnae:

Jacline Nyman (BAdm 1990), Vice-President, External Relations & Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa

Wendy Knight Agard (BCom 1987), Leadership Coach at Shopify

Why 'Womxn'

The word “womxn” is an alternative term to the English language word “women.” We use this term to explicitly include those who identify as women, transgender women and non-binary individuals. This choice supports our concerted effort to create a culture of belonging.