WWIN Webinar Series: Creating Your Own Path: Opportunities, Sustainability and Lessons Through COVID-19 (March 24, 2021)
In this fireside chat we sit down with two inspiring leaders – Joanne McKinley (BMath'00, MMath'02), Waterloo’s 2020 J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation recipient and Director of Software Development at Google, and Sandra Banks, Vice-President, University Relations at Waterloo – as we discuss the impact and changes COVID-19 has had on women in the workforce. As an advocate for work-life balance, Joanne talks candidly about her experiences gaining increasing responsibility in her career while prioritizing family.
Topics covered during this conversation will include overcoming personal resistance to taking on leadership roles, why it’s important to be intentional in your growth, overcoming the fear of missing out and how to make your work and home life more sustainable so you’re not just surviving, but thriving.
Introduced by Sophie Janszen-Spitman, WWIN student member and representative of the Women in Mathematics Committee, this conversation aims to inspire students and alumni at all stages of their career to create their own paths, be a role model for others and not be afraid to ask for changes in their workplace that will benefit not just women, but all employees.
This event will run on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 12:00 – 12:45 pm ET. Register here.
Save the date: Women in Mathematics Day Summit (May 12, 2021)
WWIN looks forward to offering a digital celebration once again on International Women in Mathematics Day – May 12. We invite you to “save the date” for this stellar day of lectures and activities, all focused around the topic of data and the new data revolution. Today more than ever, data is being used by businesses, organizations and individuals to make decisions, influence outcomes and affect change. But is the data pool biased? How can we ensure women are helping inform data at all ends of the pipeline? These are just a few questions we will discuss at this year’s celebration. Personal invitations to this event will be sent in April 2021. Don’t forget to check your inbox and register early for the sessions you’re interested in attending. To watch last year’s recordings, we invite you to visit WWIN’s YouTube channel.
Past Events and Recordings
WWIN Webinar Series: How Females Are Growing the Start-up Landscape (November 18, 2020)
In this fireside chat, we sit down with two inspiring entrepreneurial leaders – Susan Heystee, BMath ’86 and Managing Director at Golden Seeds, and Katie Witkop, Founding Designer at Faire – as we delve into topics including the importance of supporting female-owned start-ups, potential funding sources for entrepreneurs, incubators, the experience of female founders, and the recent shift towards women starting their own businesses during COVID-19.
Introduced by Keer Liu, 2019 Math Co-op Student of the Year, this conversation aims to energize students and alumni at all stages of their careers to pursue their passions and not be afraid to solve the problems they see around them.
This event ran on Wednesday, November 18 from 7:00 – 7:45 pm ET.
International Women in Mathematics Day Celebration (May 12, 2020)
This year, we hosted a full-day digital conference, featuring talks on a variety of topics. Watch the digital recordings of each session below.
This very special component aims to showcase the interesting (and topical) research of Professor Layton, the research strengths in the Faculty (and Waterloo) and the important contributions and voice of women in research, both for themselves and for the greater good of the industry.
Host: Professor Charmaine Dean, VP, Research and International; leadership on 20 Boards of Directors related to research initiatives at Waterloo; advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in research; and Faculty of Mathematics 2007 Alumni Achievement Award Medalist.
Presenter: Professor Anita Layton, Associate Dean, Research and International, Faculty of Mathematics; Chair, Research Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council at the University of Waterloo.
This important panel discussion will showcase women’s growing influence as drivers of change through gifts of their time, talent, treasure and testimony.
As women’s economic power continues to evolve, they have emerged onto the charitable landscape full of passion for a multitude of causes. They are taking action to deal with some of the most pressing societal and global issues of our time, be they social, economic, or environmental. They are giving their time and talent as board members, community organizers and committee members, etc. They are using their networks and voices to galvanize support for issues they care about. They are also giving philanthropically to causes they believe in.
Join us to hear firsthand experiences and reflections from this unique group of women. Learn how they discovered their own path to giving, identified their personal values and charitable focuses, reaped the rewards of learning from others along the way, grew and found fulfillment through giving, created balance in their lives and are now challenging the next generation of women game changers.
This discussion aims to inspire and bolster community leaders – seasoned or aspiring – to consider the potential of their own impact big and small.
Moderator: Jeannie Sager, Director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Joyce Sinclair, B.Math. 1976, Combinatorics & Optimization
Julie Lassonde, MBA, Brown University and IE University
Anne-Marie Canning, culturalpreneur and gender empowerment philanthropist
This very special panel aims to share knowledge and expertise from business leaders that will help alumnae and students respond to today’s evolving business landscape, and advance and flourish in their careers. From practical tips to innovative strategies, this panel would be of great interest to our audience. Topics could include: exerting influence, authentic executive presence, building resilience, or the importance of networking.
Susan Heystee, Board Member, Investor, Advisor, CRO, and Managing Director at Golden Seeds
Carolyn Schuetz, Global Chief Operating Officer, Group Retail Banking & Wealth Management at HSBC Holdings. London, UK
Amelie Belanger, PhD, Director, Global Analytics & Financial Engineering, Global Banking and Markets, Scotiabank. Toronto, Canada
Vanna Krantz, Chief Financial Officer, Disney Streaming Services at The Walt Disney Company
Faculty of Mathematics’ alumni, students, faculty and partners have created or are in the process of creating hundreds of companies, thousands of jobs and even entirely new industries. They are also driving change within organizations, as intrapreneurs. Innovation is in their blood.
Women face unique challenges in business but they also add unique value and perspective. This session will be a rare and exclusive glimpse into their journeys, how they overcame movements of self-doubt and bias, how they leveraged creativity to solve problems and overcome hurdles, the importance of social-good or purpose and how their background in mathematics and computing has been an advantage in their innovative journey.
Hear about how innovation happens at Waterloo and how these entrepreneurial women are contributing to greater economic and social prosperity, here and around the globe. Prepare to experience astounding success stories, painful defeats and gritty triumphs of our amazing female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.
Moderator: Paul Salvini, CEO of Canada's top-ranked private business accelerator and Top 5 in the World; Math grad; involved in #BMOforWomen
Sherry Shannon-Vanstone, CEO & Founder, Profound Impact, 2020 Woman of the Year – Entrepreneurship
Joanne McKinley, Google Engineer (Intrapreneur), 2020 Graham Medalist for innovation and entrepreneurship (& Google Accelerator)
Natalie Gordon, Founder and CEO of Babylist, San Fransico,USA
Zaham Mustaq, Co-Founder, Founders Camp, Toronto
Mathematics, statistics, computational sciences and artificial intelligence are playing a key role in assessing transmission risk, predicting outbreak trajectories and evaluating the effectiveness of countermeasures to control the virus. This session will touch on how various mathematical branches are critical in the on-going effort to manage the spread of COVID-19.
Patricia Gauthier, Senior Manager at Magellan Consulting - GDPR Consultancy, External DPO Services, Cybersecurity, IT Security, Safety
Xi He, Assistant Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science (Has a COVID research project)