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Barriers and Enablers to Diversity in Leadership

Addressing the lack of diversity in positions of leadership and governance in the workplace is an opportunity. By acknowledging the challenges, committing to actionable steps, and envisioning a future that celebrates diversity, we can move towards more inclusive workplaces. Join us to discuss ways we can break down the barriers and create a working environment that truly champions diversity, equity and inclusion.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 1:00pm EST

Please join us for an important discussion with Dr. Wendy Cukier and Kiersten Mohr on the topic of Barriers and Enablers to Diversity in Leadership.

Dr. Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (hon) LLD (hon) is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Founder of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. She is the co-author of the bestseller, Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park and former VP of Research and Innovation and more than 200 articles on aspects of diversity, inclusion and innovation. Dr. Wendy Cukier is one of Canada’s leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes, and diversity and inclusion. The Diversity Institute has more than 100 research staff and projects include DiversityLeads, which has tracked the representation of women in leadership roles and a host of projects focused specifically on women in technology. The Diversity Institute has also pioneered innovative projects such as the Advanced Digital and Professional Training program (ADaPT), the Women Entrepreneurship Hub and the Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub. She also leads the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and a program of research for the Future Skills Centre as well as the new Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network (IIE-Net).

Wendy received many awards for her work advancing diversity and inclusion, including the Meritorious Service Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. She has been recognized with the Harry Jerome Diversity Award, the 2019 CATA Alliance Sara Kirke Award, a YWCA Women of Distinction Award, WXN most powerful women and, most recently, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Community Builder Award and was named one of the International Women’s Forum 2020 Women Who Make a Difference. She has an MA, MBA, PhD in Management Science and two honorary doctorates

In 2017, Kiersten Mohr, Founder of Terra Firma Transition Consulting, after fifteen years as a technical and leadership professional in the Oil and Gas Industry, Kiersten embarked on the most significant challenge of her life: gender transition.

Gender transition was life-changing in more ways than one. Her authentic and vulnerable approach to transition allowed her to foster a deeper and more personal connection with her coworkers, and that allowed Kiersten to see how authenticity in the workplace can help to build synergy in the office. As she continued her corporate career, Kiersten also found new motivation to engage in a more meaningful life through volunteering, educating herself with a Bachelor of Psychology, and building a vast network of professionals in the LGBTQ2S+ community. Kiersten began to truly appreciate the challenges that transgender and gender diverse individuals face in the realm of careers and employment. Ultimately, her experience ignited a personal passion to make the transition process more grounded for those taking a similar path. This drive led Kiersten to step out of her role in the Oil and Gas Industry and Terra Firma Transition Consulting was born.

This session will run for approximately 1 hour.

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