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MakePossible Workshop

MakePossible Workshop
October 6, 2016 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
TRUSU Boardroom (Campus Activity Center)
900 McGill Rd
Kamloops, BC V2C 6N6

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The Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology (SCWIST) is hosting two MakePossible Workshops on Thursday, October 6th.

The MakePossible Mentoring Network is part of the Government of Canada’s Status of Women Initiative to advance women.

MakePossible Project Manager, Cheryl Kristiansen, will share key Diversity by Design principles including:

  • The business case for diversity and the opportunity for women to be a catalyst for growth
  • Gender diversity resources and best practices for advancing women in STEM, as entrepreneurs, and as leaders in the business community
  • Introduce MakePossible and demonstrate how you can connect, collaborate and lead through this diverse mentoring network ( )

MakePossible Sessions:

Workshop 1


Hands-on “Mentoring Works” exercises will empower women to develop skills to create successful mentoring relationships, interactive discussions will create an environment that supports diversity and networking exercises will build a collaborative community. Bring your lunch!

Participants will learn how to:
-Network more effectively
-Create a 30 second pitch
-Address challenges and brainstorm solutions
-Explore MakePossible resources being developed to support emerging talent and advance women

Are you a student getting ready to enter industry? Curious about the careers available in science and technology? Come to this session!

Workshop 2


Diversity by Design principles will be further explored to better understand workplace diversity and the challenges women face including unconscious bias, gendered language, and stereotype awareness in the hiring process.

Participants will:
-Examine the business case for diversity
-Share best practices for advancing women
-Brainstorm solutions that address diversity issues and create opportunities for women as a catalyst for growth

Working in industry? Interested in connecting, networking, and creating opportunities for more young leaders to enter the industry? This session is for you.


Diversity by Design:
The MakePossible Diversity by Design workshop series is part of a project supported by WWEST eng-cite Funding Partners Program and Women’s Enterprise Center Catalyst for Growth Fund. The Diversity by Design project includes resources to support emerging talent and hands-on workshops in communities like Kamloops, Prince George, and Prince Rupert – to develop leadership skills and create awareness for the opportunities for women as a catalyst of growth.

About the Facilitator: Cheryl Kristiansen, Project Manager for SCWIST
Cheryl brings diverse expertise in project management, engineering innovation and leading transformative change in STEM. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, hands-on engineering experience in the alternate fuels technology sector, and senior leadership experience in the oil and gas sector. As Managing Director of the Mitchell Odyssey Foundation, Cheryl developed a network of Odyssey supported schools across BC with innovative programs that motivate and inspire high school students to pursue careers in STEM.

The MakePossible Mentoring Program is well aligned with SCWIST goals to empower women and girls in science, engineering and technology. Over the past 3 years, Cheryl has delivered MakePossible workshops at UBC, SFU, BC Institute of Technology, SFU School for Integrated Arts and Technology, Surrey Community Library, and various SCWIST and industry events.

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