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Women in Leadership Summit 2021: Resilience has ended
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Saturday, March 6
 

8:45am MST

Opening Remarks & Keynote Speaker
Women in Leadership Committee Chair Kathy Hoehn opens the second annual Women in Leadership Summit. This year's theme is 'Resilience.' Within the context of public education, resilience refers to the ability of systems and individuals within those systems to experience jarring setbacks and find a way to bounce back from that adversity.
This session includes a message from the Alberta Teachers' Association President Jason Schilling, introductions of the WIL Committee members and and inspiring talk from diversity and inclusion expert Marni Panas: “My life in transition: The road to authenticity and self-determination”


Moderators
avatar for Kathy Hoehn

Kathy Hoehn

District Representative, Provincial Executive Council
Women in Leadership Committee Chair

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jason Schilling was elected president in 2019 following two years of service as vice-president and more than eight years of service as district representative for South West. As vice-president, Schilling chaired the Central Table Bargaining Committee and the Finance Committee, served... Read More →
avatar for Marni Panas

Marni Panas

Diversity and Inclusion Advocate
Marni Panas is diversity and inclusion professional dedicated to creating safe and welcoming, and inclusive environments especially for the LGBTQ population in large public and private organizations, all levels of government and departments, health care, educational institutions... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 8:45am - 10:15am MST
Zoom

10:30am MST

Breakout session 1 - A Call to Action for Advancing Indigenous Women in Education: Restoring Balance through Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
Limited Capacity filling up

“For our young women, for our grandmothers, for our women who travel with us, we are sacred because we exist. We are sacred because we have survived.” – Audrey Siegel, The National Inquiry Elders and Grandmothers Circle

Throughout this session you will examine historical and contemporary issues, challenges and inequities for Indigenous women, including action to support reclaiming power and place. You will deepen your understanding of why it’s crucial to support Indigenous women and how you can contribute to restoring balance within education systems.




Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

Executive Staff Officer, Indigenous Education, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa Purcell is Denesuline and a member of Smith's Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and continues to lead Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am MST
Zoom

10:30am MST

Breakout session 1 - Building a Climate of Trust: A Leadership Essential
Limited Capacity filling up

Trust is at the heart of every relationship, and it is especially critical in the workplace. In fact, the primary factor affecting employee turnover is whether or not a trusting relationship was developed between the leader and the employee. When you have trusting relationships between team members and leaders, you have the foundation for building a successful organization or school with higher levels of collaboration, increased creativity and risk-taking, and increased commitment and loyalty. This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the importance of creating trusting environments and how to create resiliency in yourself and others.



Speakers
avatar for Konni deGoeij

Konni deGoeij

Associate Coordinator, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Konni deGoeij has worked as schoolteacher, school based administrator, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Alberta. Konni joined the Alberta Teachers’ Association as an executive staff officer in the Member Services program area in 2004 and in 2006 became the Associate... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am MST
Zoom

10:30am MST

Breakout session 1 - Chasing Giraffes while Slaying Dragons
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, Laurie Dirsa will share her experiences about teaching with cancer, getting married, surviving an emotionally abusive marriage and teaching and finding the strength to keep bouncing back.


Speakers

Saturday March 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am MST
Zoom

10:30am MST

Breakout session 1 - Leading in a Storm
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Dancing a line between leading, managing, surviving and supporting is a reality in which we live. This session will speak to how we support ourselves and others during uncertainty, transition and change. If you are looking for a reframe that encourages you to revel in what is happening around you, then this is your session.



Speakers

Saturday March 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am MST
Zoom

10:30am MST

Breakout session 1 - Out of the Ashes and Out of the Waters - How a Northern Community Is Finding Its Way
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, Shannon Dube, will share the circumstances and stories of the community of Fort McMurray, emphasizing all that the city has been through, as well as the teachers. The session will highlight lessons learned and how the community, teacher and leaders have become stronger.


Speakers

Saturday March 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am MST
Zoom

10:30am MST

Breakout session 1 - Using Hope to Build Resilience
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. LeMay will highlight how her work over the last 20 years, as a hope-focused practitioner and scholar, has contributed to her own and others' experiences of becoming more resilient. Participants will share their experiences of making hope visible and accessible in their interactions in relation to the notion of resilience as they explore a hope-focused strategy and listen to Dr. LeMay's stories.

To enjoy the full experience of Dr. LeMay's session, you will need to download the slido app  for your phone (available for both apple and android). When in session, open the app and type #hope6 as the event name.

Participants should also have paper and pens/pencils ready to participate in some graphic work that willbe done during the session.


Speakers
avatar for Lenora LeMay

Lenora LeMay

Hope-Focused Scholar & Practitioner
After 18 years with Edmonton Public Schools, Lenora joined the Hope Foundation ofAlberta, a not for profit applied research center affiliated with the Faculty of Education atthe University of Alberta. As the Director of Educational Services, she learned about theimportance of making... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am MST
Zoom

10:30am MST

Breakout session 1 - What Will Your Legacy Be?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The session aims to allow participants the opportunity to reflect on how often they empower themselves, other women and allies. Participants will learn multiple strategies to build up themselves, other women and allies. The speaker will respectfully challenge participants' perspectives on topics, including feminism, female misogyny, ageism, generational values and cultural diversity based on research and her professional and personal experiences. The speaker will discuss the women, allies and experiences that have impacted her and how she lives and carries their legacy forward to empower others in the Alberta Teachers Association and the teaching profession. She will include examples from her journey as a CSR, Member of the TWC, ARA Representative and as the Chair of Communications. Additionally, she will share the journey of starting the first standing Women In Leadership Committee in Local 38. The speaker's goal is to persuade participants to commit to empowering themselves, other women and allies.

Speakers

Saturday March 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am MST
Zoom

10:30am MST

Focus Group 1
This session required pre-registration. It is open only to members who have been confirmed and contacted to be part of the focus group.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Everitt

Lisa Everitt

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
ATA Women in Leadership Committee Member - SecretaryPassionate advocate for equity for women in the teaching profession and in society

Saturday March 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:20am MST
Zoom

11:30am MST

Breakout session 2 - A Call to Action for Advancing Indigenous Women in Education: Restoring Balance through Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
Limited Capacity seats available

“For our young women, for our grandmothers, for our women who travel with us, we are sacred because we exist. We are sacred because we have survived.” – Audrey Siegel, The National Inquiry Elders and Grandmothers Circle

Throughout this session you will examine historical and contemporary issues, challenges and inequities for Indigenous women, including action to support reclaiming power and place. You will deepen your understanding of why it’s crucial to support Indigenous women and how you can contribute to restoring balance within education systems.




Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

Executive Staff Officer, Indigenous Education, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa Purcell is Denesuline and a member of Smith's Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and continues to lead Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm MST
Zoom

11:30am MST

Breakout session 2 - Chasing Giraffes while Slaying Dragons
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, Laurie Dirsa will share her experiences about teaching with cancer, getting married, surviving an emotionally abusive marriage and teaching and finding the strength to keep bouncing back.


Speakers

Saturday March 6, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm MST
Zoom

11:30am MST

Breakout session 2 - Financial Wellness is selfcare: Women, Wages and Wealth
Limited Capacity filling up

Financial planning is life planning, and because we face different challenges in our lives, women need to take an active interest in managing their wealth. Creating a budget, managing debt, understanding your defined benefit pension, setting up investment accounts, and short-term savings will be explored as mechanisms for self-care. This session provides a plan of action, whether you are taking that first step into financial independence or finetuning your financial wellness goals.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Rybotycki

Myra Rybotycki

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Myra Rybotycki is an executive staff officer in the Teacher Employment Services program area. She leads pension and financial welfare education programs for the Association. Myra is committed to closing the financial literacy gap for women and supporting economic equality.


Saturday March 6, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm MST
Zoom

11:30am MST

Breakout session 2 - Grief in Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description: As human beings, grief is something that we will all experience at some point in our life. Because of the global pandemic, teachers have been tasked with the role of instruction while simultaneously experiencing feelings of grief in and outside of the classroom walls. My hope is to validate these feelings of collective grief while offering suggestions on how to mourn in a meaningful and thoughtful way.



Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Beier

Kelsey Beier

Teacher, writer and lifelong learner
Kelsey Beier is a teacher, writer and lifelong learner. Whether in her job as an elementary school teacher or when writing original songs, poems or stories, Kelsey’s love for connection through words and stories transcends through many genres in her life. She is the author of a... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm MST
Zoom

11:30am MST

Breakout session 2 - Inspiring Leadership in Uncertain Times
Limited Capacity filling up

The power of leadership to inspire and support staff living through difficult times cannot be underestimated. During this time of teaching and leading in COVID, we have been reminded of the things over which we have no control. In order to survive and thrive, we need to focus on those things that we do control and influence. Drawing on lessons learned from leading a school through closure, and powerful stories from her doctoral research with female principals, Dr. Toogood identifies principles such as: connecting to purpose, focusing on what you can control, living each day with intention, remembering who you serve, and making meaning from the challenges, to help you ground yourself, and inspire your team to keep teaching and learning at the heart of your school culture.




Speakers
avatar for Kathy Toogood

Kathy Toogood

Teacher, Learner, Leader, Facilitator, Coach, Researcher, Writer, Ally
I bring over 30 years of experience as an educator to my consulting business, Kanopy Consulting. I specialize in creating safe, welcoming and transformational learning experiences that shift your thinking, doing, and being. I am available to support your work in empowering women in... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm MST
Zoom

11:30am MST

Breakout session 2 - Using Hope to Build Resilience
Limited Capacity filling up

Dr. LeMay will highlight how her work over the last 20 years, as a hope-focused practitioner and scholar, has contributed to her own and others' experiences of becoming more resilient. Participants will share their experiences of making hope visible and accessible in their interactions in relation to the notion of resilience as they explore a hope-focused strategy and listen to Dr. LeMay's stories.

To enjoy the full experience of Dr. LeMay's session, you will need to download the slido app  for your phone (available for both apple and android). When in session, open the app and type #hope6 as the event name.

Participants should also have paper and pens/pencils ready to participate in some graphic work that will be done during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Lenora LeMay

Lenora LeMay

Hope-Focused Scholar & Practitioner
After 18 years with Edmonton Public Schools, Lenora joined the Hope Foundation ofAlberta, a not for profit applied research center affiliated with the Faculty of Education atthe University of Alberta. As the Director of Educational Services, she learned about theimportance of making... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm MST
Zoom

11:30am MST

Breakout session 2 - What Will Your Legacy Be?
Limited Capacity filling up

The session aims to allow participants the opportunity to reflect on how often they empower themselves, other women and allies. Participants will learn multiple strategies to build up themselves, other women and allies. The speaker will respectfully challenge participants' perspectives on topics, including feminism, female misogyny, ageism, generational values and cultural diversity based on research and her professional and personal experiences. The speaker will discuss the women, allies and experiences that have impacted her and how she lives and carries their legacy forward to empower others in the Alberta Teachers Association and the teaching profession. She will include examples from her journey as a CSR, Member of the TWC, ARA Representative and as the Chair of Communications. Additionally, she will share the journey of starting the first standing Women In Leadership Committee in Local 38. The speaker's goal is to persuade participants to commit to empowering themselves, other women and allies.

Speakers

Saturday March 6, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm MST
Zoom

11:30am MST

Focus Group 2
This session required pre-registration. It is open only to members who have been confirmed and contacted to be part of the focus group.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Everitt

Lisa Everitt

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
ATA Women in Leadership Committee Member - SecretaryPassionate advocate for equity for women in the teaching profession and in society

Speakers
avatar for Elissa Corsi

Elissa Corsi

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Elissa is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Teacher Employment Services program area. She worked as a teacher and administrator in Alberta schools, both English and French Immersion, before joining the ATA.


Saturday March 6, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm MST
Zoom

1:15pm MST

Breakout session 3 - Building a Climate of Trust: A Leadership Essential
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Trust is at the heart of every relationship, and it is especially critical in the workplace. In fact, the primary factor affecting employee turnover is whether or not a trusting relationship was developed between the leader and the employee. When you have trusting relationships between team members and leaders, you have the foundation for building a successful organization or school with higher levels of collaboration, increased creativity and risk-taking, and increased commitment and loyalty. This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the importance of creating trusting environments and how to create resiliency in yourself and others.



Speakers
avatar for Konni deGoeij

Konni deGoeij

Associate Coordinator, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Konni deGoeij has worked as schoolteacher, school based administrator, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Alberta. Konni joined the Alberta Teachers’ Association as an executive staff officer in the Member Services program area in 2004 and in 2006 became the Associate... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 1:15pm - 2:05pm MST
Zoom

1:15pm MST

Breakout session 3 - Financial Wellness is selfcare: Women, Wages and Wealth
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Financial planning is life planning, and because we face different challenges in our lives, women need to take an active interest in managing their wealth. Creating a budget, managing debt, understanding your defined benefit pension, setting up investment accounts, and short-term savings will be explored as mechanisms for self-care. This session provides a plan of action, whether you are taking that first step into financial independence or finetuning your financial wellness goals.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Rybotycki

Myra Rybotycki

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Myra Rybotycki is an executive staff officer in the Teacher Employment Services program area. She leads pension and financial welfare education programs for the Association. Myra is committed to closing the financial literacy gap for women and supporting economic equality.


Saturday March 6, 2021 1:15pm - 2:05pm MST
Zoom

1:15pm MST

Breakout session 3 - Grief in Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description: As human beings, grief is something that we will all experience at some point in our life. Because of the global pandemic, teachers have been tasked with the role of instruction while simultaneously experiencing feelings of grief in and outside of the classroom walls. My hope is to validate these feelings of collective grief while offering suggestions on how to mourn in a meaningful and thoughtful way.



Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Beier

Kelsey Beier

Teacher, writer and lifelong learner
Kelsey Beier is a teacher, writer and lifelong learner. Whether in her job as an elementary school teacher or when writing original songs, poems or stories, Kelsey’s love for connection through words and stories transcends through many genres in her life. She is the author of a... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 1:15pm - 2:05pm MST
Zoom

1:15pm MST

Breakout session 3 - Inspiring Leadership in Uncertain Times
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The power of leadership to inspire and support staff living through difficult times cannot be underestimated. During this time of teaching and leading in COVID, we have been reminded of the things over which we have no control. In order to survive and thrive, we need to focus on those things that we do control and influence. Drawing on lessons learned from leading a school through closure, and powerful stories from her doctoral research with female principals, Dr. Toogood identifies principles such as: connecting to purpose, focusing on what you can control, living each day with intention, remembering who you serve, and making meaning from the challenges, to help you ground yourself, and inspire your team to keep teaching and learning at the heart of your school culture.




Speakers
avatar for Kathy Toogood

Kathy Toogood

Teacher, Learner, Leader, Facilitator, Coach, Researcher, Writer, Ally
I bring over 30 years of experience as an educator to my consulting business, Kanopy Consulting. I specialize in creating safe, welcoming and transformational learning experiences that shift your thinking, doing, and being. I am available to support your work in empowering women in... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 1:15pm - 2:05pm MST
Zoom

1:15pm MST

Breakout session 3 - Leading in a Storm
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Dancing a line between leading, managing, surviving and supporting is a reality in which we live. This session will speak to how we support ourselves and others during uncertainty, transition and change. If you are looking for a reframe that encourages you to revel in what is happening around you, then this is your session.



Speakers

Saturday March 6, 2021 1:15pm - 2:05pm MST
Zoom

1:15pm MST

Breakout session 3 - Out of the Ashes and Out of the Waters - How a Northern Community Is Finding Its Way.
Limited Capacity seats available

Out of the ashes and out of the waters - how a Northern community found their way.
In this session, Shannon Dube, will share the circumstances and stories of the community of Fort McMurray, emphasizing all that the city has been through, as well as the teachers. The session will highlight lessons learned and how the community, teacher and leaders have become stronger.


Speakers

Saturday March 6, 2021 1:15pm - 2:05pm MST
Zoom

1:15pm MST

Focus Group 3
This session required pre-registration. It is open only to members who have been confirmed and contacted to be part of the focus group.

Speakers
avatar for Elissa Corsi

Elissa Corsi

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Elissa is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Teacher Employment Services program area. She worked as a teacher and administrator in Alberta schools, both English and French Immersion, before joining the ATA.


Saturday March 6, 2021 1:15pm - 2:05pm MST
Zoom

2:15pm MST

Closing Remarks & Keynote Speaker
Albertans have come to realize it's not the bankers, hedge fund managers, CEO's in the oil and gas industry and/or land developers upon whose services we've come to heavily rely upon during COVID 19. It's our front-line workers. Supermarket cashiers, cleaners, day care workers, MD's, nurses, LPN's, teachers, educational assistants, principals, support staff, custodians etc. Mostly women. So much emotional labour. How do we continue to lead during a pandemic? This keynote will address the best way to care for others is to first care for yourself.”

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Ball

Nancy Ball

District Representative, Provincial Executive Council

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Woitas

Sandra Woitas

Educator, Advocate, Principal Consultant
Dr. Sandra B. Woitas; B.Ed., M.Ed.,Doctor of Laws, LLD (Hon)As part of the City of Edmonton’s 100th birthday celebrations, I was honoured as one of the 100 Edmontonians of the Century. As a long time educator and tireless advocate for the needs of Edmonton’s most disadvantaged... Read More →


Saturday March 6, 2021 2:15pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom