Celebrating the women of Waterloo

The success of an organization often comes down to culture. Is it open or closed? Is it equitable or does it marginalize? Does it embrace change or merely tolerate it?

Everyone knows Waterloo’s culture hinges on innovation - and equity is a big part of unleashing the innovative potential of all our people.

Here’s a run-down of three events that highlighted equity over the last week:

International Women’s Day Dinner

President Hamdullahpur on stage speaking at the International Women's Day Dinner

Last Friday we held our annual International Women’s Day dinner. Our keynote, Environment Dean Jean Andrey, did a great job talking about the links between feminism and environmental issues and highlighting key female scholars in the field. She clearly resonated with the largest-ever crowd we had at the event.

#WIMIn2016

Over the weekend, we hosted Waterloo Women: Ideas, Makers, Innovators — a first-of-its-kind ideathon. Aside from being a great platform for women to share their ideas and explore their potential, WIMin focused on the unconscious bias that can sometime sabotage workplace equity.

Watch this quick video about some of the concepts that came from the ideathon.

Economic Club Speech

On Tuesday, March 8, I delivered a keynote to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa. My speech focused on finding an enhanced role for universities in today’s economy. Since the speech took place on International Women’s Day, I was proud to highlight the equity initiatives we’ve got underway at UWaterloo, and about our leading role in the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative

There’s so much work to do on equity — both here on campus and around the world.

But we made a dent this week.

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