Get ready to Spark Change with our amazing speaker line-up!
This Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, and what a year it has been for gender equality in all aspects. Since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements which shook up traditional, male-dominant industries, the voices that demand gender equality are roaring louder than ever before.
The thing is, movements like these don’t happen overnight. Sometimes, it’s the small changes that lead to major outcomes.
This is the main reason why we are returning with our annual marquee event at the Terminal City Club on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020. With a theme of Spark Change, BWT celebrates it’s 10th anniversary and International Women’s day by bringing together employees from our member companies, TELUS, SAP, Vancity, Accenture, Ledcor and our newest member company this year, KPMG, to discuss some of the most pressing issues for women in the workplace.
Our audience will learn from speakers who share experiences of changes big and small that have made a difference. Expect a thought-leading keynote, interactive panelists, cross-company networking, and food and drinks!
Spectacular line up of speakers
Just take a look at our executive line-up!
Keynote Speaker: Tina Strehkle, CEO of Minerva BC
As CEO of Minerva BC, Tina Strehkle leads a team of thoughtful, talented change makers who develop, empower and promote women’s leadership. After 15 years’ developing her expertise in leadership, career development, adult learning, HR and communications, she joined Minerva BC as the Programs Director in 2016. She assumed the CEO role in October 2017. Tina has a BA in International Relations from UBC and an MA in Communications from Royal Roads University. She has lived and worked in Germany, Costa Rica, Guyana and Taiwan. Tina’s strengths are seeing the big picture, empathic thinking, and quick learning.
Emcee: Stephanie Redivo, Senior Director Inclusive Culture, Global Diversity and Inclusion Office, SAP
Stephanie Redivo is a fearless Diversity and Inclusion leader with over 20 years of software experience. She motivates employees to become more inclusive through awareness, vulnerability and accountability. Her Diversity and Inclusion journey began in 2011 when she became the GIRLsmarts4tech Grade 7 sponsor with over 1500 girls going through the 1-day program focused on technology. Within the Global Diversity and Inclusion Office she is responsible for strategic projects such as the Activating Men for Parity Program (AMP), driving the diversity and inclusion training and the execution of the Global EDGE certification where SAP became the first multinational technology company to receive this certification.
Panelist: Marilyn Tyfting, Chief Corporate Officer, TELUS International
Joining TELUS communications in 2007 and moving to TELUS international in 2009, Marilyn Tyfting is currently the Chief Corporate Officer of TELUS International. Marilyn is committed to creating and fostering a world-leading corporate culture and leading strategic growth initiatives to enable service excellence and innovation for customers of TI’s end to end customer experience solutions enabled by next-gen technology.
Marilyn is a key member of the senior leadership team, and her global team brings together the key parts of TELUS International’s business that touch its people every day. Her goal is to build the best overall employee experience by bringing their unique and caring culture to life as a key differentiator in the competitive customer experience marketplace. She continues to serve as a member of the President’s Group for Inclusion and Employment where she is committed to increasing employment opportunities and creating a more accessible consumer marketplace for people with disabilities. Marilyn is also a champion of diversity, supporting the ongoing development of TELUS International employee resource groups, including Connections, the TELUS Women’s Network and our LGBT resource group, Spectrum.
Panelist: Robin Matthews-Kanhai, Director of Member Experience Initiatives, Vancity
Robin Matthews-Kanhai has been with the Vancity group of companies for 18 years and is the Director of Member Experience Initiatives. Embedding gender equality in business decisions is a lifelong pursuit of Robin’s. She has a background in Political Science and civic engagement, activism and advocacy are personal passions. It’s her belief that weaving equality into the small decisions, policies, practices of a company and modeling key behaviors make a significant impact over time.
Panelist: Roy Budhai, Vice-President, Software Engineering, SAP HANA & Analytics, SAP
Roy Budhai is a Senior Development Manager and Quality Accountable for SAP Analytics Cloud. Roy manages teams involved in development, build and test infrastructure, P&R, KPIs, Security, Release and Delivery Management. Roy’s interest is in improving the delivery and quality of software releases from requirements through to customer release. Recently, Roy has been working on topics focused on training, mentoring, and recruitment in the software engineering field. Roy holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
Panelist: Jenna Nowson, Managing Director, Accenture Canada
Jenna Nowson is a Managing Director (Partner) at Accenture Canada. With 17 years consulting experience across Canada and the UK, Jenna is now based in Vancouver where she leads large scale client facing teams based all around the world. Passionate about people, diversity and inclusion, she looks for opportunities to live her core values throughout everything she does. In addition to leading several key accounts, managing client relationships, being responsible for P&L, and leading and developing the next generation of leaders at Accenture and so on, she is also the National Managing Director Sponsor for the Persons With Disabilities Employee Resource Group. She is on an ongoing journey to learn and definitely does not have all the answers.
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