On March 6 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Goodman Atrium, the Brock Women in Business club is hosting “Women in Business” day to celebrate the success of women in the Niagara region.
With International Women’s Day coming up on March 8, the event at Brock University fits in with the nationally recognized day the same week.
There are a handful of speakers lined up for the event who have high quality jobs in a wide range of cities across Canada and the United States. The speakers include: Mishka Balsom (CEO and President of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce), Meghan Chayka (co-founder of Stathletes), Brittany Furtado (CEO of Inspire Events Toronto), Dayna Stephenson (Project director, UpCannabis), Madeline Woodhead (Chair of Niagara Community Foundations and financial advisor for the National Bank of Canada), Robin Ridesic (Boston Consulting Group, Exchange Brewery founder) and Tayler Book (founder and CEO of Beechwood Doughnuts).
Sorcha Killian, Vice President of Corporate Relations for the Goodman Business Students’ Association (BSA), said that their club’s motto is that they don’t want a foot in the door, they want a seat at the table.
“The event is designed to celebrate those who have taken their seat and encourage others to do the same. We want to create an organization about women for everyone and make change beyond simply the doors of Goodman,” said Killian.
The club is also offering workshops from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Mar. 6 to provide students a chance to learn directly from the speakers in smaller groups.
Killian said that when she started working with the BSA, she was one of two women on a team of 14.
“There was a huge disparity in our executive level. As a group, it concerned me that it was one genders experience of the university that we were deciding objective on. Women were being affected by decisions that they were never a part of.”
The event is not just designed for women hoping to find their way in the business world.
“The event is designed to educate both men and women on the female experience in the workplace and highlight how everyone can make efforts to have more women in positions of leadership,” said Killian.
Killian emphasized that the culture surrounding women in business often leads to women being affected by discussions they were never a part of, and that it is important to encourage an honest dialogue about women in the workplace — both the issues and the benefits.
“The most important aspect of the club is that it is inclusive. All genders and faculties are welcome to attend all events as we want to create an organization about women for everyone and make change beyond simply the doors of Goodman.”