Archive for March, 2019

Boardgames and Pizza

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April 2nd, 2019

This semester has been a heavy one, so ladies let’s balance it out together with some fun! Join us for some games and pizza and a chance to get to know each other!

Please register here, to let us know how much pizza we need!

Game Selection:

Monopoly, Yahtzee, Jenga, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, Boggle, Agricola, Hogwarts Battle, Pictionary, Things in a Box, playing cards and Twister!

If you love a game that isn’t on the list, bring it with you! 🙂

Upcoming Event: Coffee with Professor Patricia

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April 9th, 2019

For GWC’s second “Coffee with Professor” event in the series, you’re invited to a coffee chat with professor Patricia Plackett. In an intimate setting that will provide opportunity for open discussions on the topic of Investing in your intangible assets for career success the focus will be on two specific aspects: understanding the role of intangibles in recruitment today and making choices about personal priorities given the inevitable time constraints that affect us all. There will be plenty of opportunity for input and questions. Coffee and snacks will be provided!

This event has a limited number of spaces so make sure to register!

About Professor Patricia

Patricia Plackett holds PhDs in business strategy from Copenhagen Business School and in anthropology from the University of Toronto. Her background includes management, research and teaching positions in the public and private sectors. For four years she was Academic Director of the International Summer University Program at Copenhagen Business School where her research and teaching interests were focused on innovation and sustainability issues. Earlier positions include Assistant Director of a global executive MBA program, Project Manager of an EU-Asia Link Project and Researcher/Analyst with two research think tanks in Copenhagen. Prior to moving to Copenhagen in 1999 she was Executive Director of a professional education network for the forest sector of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her previous management experience includes roles as the first Technology Marketing Manager for New Zealand’s Forest Research Institute and subsequently as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for the New Zealand Ministry of Forestry following several years with the management consulting arm of a multinational engineering company in Vancouver. She started her career with a position in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of British Columbia. In 2012 she was nominated for The Economist ‘Business Professor of the Year’ award and continued to supervise master’s thesis students at Copenhagen Business School until 2017 and currently undertakes a range of consulting assignments involving workshop facilitation, textbook reviews, program assessments and course design and delivery as well as work on a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve initiative and David Suzuki Foundation initiatives.


Coffee with Professor Mila Lazarova

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February 28th, 2019

This casual series was started in the spring 2019 semester as a way to connect students and faculty on a regular basis to discuss topics of interest that may not come up in the classroom. Sometimes the topics will revolve around the professors’ research and sometimes they will just be relevant to current events and issues. The topic is always set in advance (based on suggestions from the professors, although some asked for our input), but where the conversation goes from there is up to the group. Students are given the topic in advance so that they may choose to attend whatever chats are of interest to them. Groups are meant to be kept small so that the setting is intimate and conversations are engaging for everyone. We kicked off this series of events with Professor Mila Lazarova and discussed the topic of gender equality.

Mila Lazarova (PhD, Rutgers University) is an Associate Professor of International Business at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Workforce Management. Mila has published extensively on topics such as international and comparative human resource management, global mobility and global careers, and career management in multinational organizations. She sits on several editorial boards and is an Associate Editor of Human Resource Management Journal. She is also the author (with David C. Thomas) of Essentials of International HRM: Managing People
Globally (Sage, 2014), and, most recently, the editor (with Hugh Gunz and Wolfgang Mayrhofer) of the Routledge Companion of Career Studies (Routledge, in press).

Run The World – Luv The Grub: Alia Sunderji

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February 22nd, 2019

For the first Run the World event in our series, the Graduate Women’s Council invited Alia Sunderji of Luv the Grub to hear about her experience in entrepreneurship!
Alia is a social entrepreneur and lecturer at Simon Fraser University where she teaches Sustainable Innovation and Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Passionate about the fields of sustainability, poverty alleviation and impact investing, Alia is the Founder of Luv The Grub an emerging social enterprise that operates at a number of levels in the food system by capturing produce seconds that would otherwise go to waste, hires newcomer refugees and immigrants through a paid employment training program and produces delicious chutneys and spreads for the local market. In addition, Alia is also the Co-Founder of Liv & Lola; a fair trade home decor business which works with artisans in rural areas of Nicaragua, Guatemala and Thailand where employment opportunities are scarce in an effort to lift them, their families and their communities out of poverty.

Downtown Eastside Women’s Center Christmas Collection

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December 7th, 2018

The GWC collected donations for the DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE WOMEN’S CENTRE at this event. The holidays are a time for giving and there are many people in this city in greater need than us. We collected toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap), mittens and socks at Segal and put together a donation for the shelter.

Wajd – Songs of Separation Film Excerpts Showing

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November 29th, 2018

The SFU Beedie MBA Games team and the Graduate Women’s Council hosted a unique movie night experience in order to raise proceeds for the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Amar Chebib, a Syrian-Canadian director based in Vancouver, wanted to shoot a film about the traditional Sufi music of Syria. Six months after he began this project, “one of the largest humanitarian crisis of our time” started. That’s how the movie turned into the story of three of the musicians that Chebib met in 2010, and their touching stories of overcoming their heartbreaking experiences and find relief in music.

Wajd is currently only being screened at large-scale events, but Amar has generously accepted to share a part of the movie with us all to watch and enjoy.

Run the World – Speakers: Emily Kerr and Maria Pacella

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April 1st, 2019

The Graduate Women’s Council is extremely excited to invite you to our second Run the World series with speakers Emily Kerr Vice President, Business Banking, Bank of Montreal and Maria Pacella CFA, Senior VP, Private Equity and Portfolio Manager, PenderFund Capital Management in a dialogue where they will share their insights and personal experiences in their career journeys.

Following the speeches, the GWC will host a sit-down dinner for a few like-minded individuals to closely connect with the speakers.

Spaces are limited, register here!

Stop telling women they must change themselves to become leaders

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As we aim for a future with more women leaders in business, are we trying to fit an existing mold instead of creating new model that fit us all? “It’s important to say: This is not prescriptive for women. It is for everyone. There are as many ways to be a leader in business as there are leaders in business.”