An evening for allies, mentors, faculty, and teachers to explore inclusive mentorship best practices and to network.
An opportunity for Black-identifying high school students to engage with Black-identifying mentors in STEM fields through an inspirational talk and during mentorship rotations.
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Closing workshop: Mentoring Leaders
This workshop will provide a opportunity for frank conversations about professional development and success for Black-identifying emerging leaders from across sectors.
3:30pm – 4:30pm Keynote talk with Q&A. Paving a Path to Leadership. Dr. Maydianne Andrade, University Professor and Biologist at the University of Toronto Scarborough, President and co-Founder of the Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN), and Founder and co-Chair of the Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Equity (TIDE).
4:30pm – 5:15pm. Facilitated discussion
5:15pm – 6:00pm. Closing remarks.
Overview: Many people, particularly in STEM fields, describe how they ‘ended up’ in leadership roles despite not having any training to prepare them to be a good leader. However, deconstructing the career paths of successful leaders often reveals commonalities in the acquisition of skills and knowledge that reflect the literature on leadership development across sectors (business, academia, government). Join Professor Maydianne Andrade for an overview of ways to think about paving your own path to leadership, including a broad consideration of acquiring and demonstrating leadership competencies, tips on the ‘nitty gritty’ of the day-to-day approaches of an effective leader, and the realities of Leading While Black. Leadership takes many different forms and manifests at different scales, so everyone can benefit from understanding the ‘unwritten rules’ for success. Whether you know you are interested in leadership, or whether you would just like to keep your options open, feel free to join this free workshop.