The 5th Annual Women In STEM Virtual Career Fair

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Reaching New Heights

Written by Julianne Kim, Event Coordinator

On May 10th, 2024, SCWIST’s 5th annual Women in STEM Virtual Career Fair hosted over 1000 attendees and 24 organizations for a day packed with inspiring talks, professional growth opportunities, and helpful workshops.

This year’s event, sponsored by software company Enavate, reached new heights as we doubled the number of attendees and significantly surpassed the amount of participating organizations.

An Inspiring Start

The day started with an opening ceremony with SCWIST’s Past President, Dr. Poh Tan welcoming attendees to the event. Following Poh was Susana Rodriguez, Talent Acquisition Specialist from the event’s sponsor, Enavate. Susana shared stories from her career journey and expressed how inspired she is by Enavate’s ethics and dedication to its employees.

After the opening ceremony and keynote speech, attendees could choose to attend one of two panels, Translating and Marketing Academic Skills to Industry featuring Melissa Dennis from Acuitas, Ann Meyer from adMare Bioinnovations, Maria Khan from CGI and Coral Lewis from STEMCELL Technologies or Cultivating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Women in the Workplace featuring Meghana Valupadas from Winpak Ltd and Bree Milne from Jacobs. Both panels had hundreds of attendees and were packed with insightful and meaningful conversations.

Following the panels was a round of engaging Career Spotlights kicked off by Cheryl Kristiansen, who announced SCWIST’s new project focused on addressing gender-based violence in STEM workplaces. The floor was then given to D-Pace, CSE, Jacobs, and Enavate to speak to the audience about their organization’s workplace cultures and current job opportunities.

After a quick break, attendees were free to explore the exhibitor booths, participate in the Science Communication Workshop or join their registered session with a Career Coach at the Resume Clinic.

A Growing Community

The Career Fair was hosted on Whova, where participants wrote over 3,600 messages, organized 27 meet-ups, and shared 76 photos. We were blown away by the amount of community engagement the event brought on!

Here are some words that attendees shared with us about their experience with this year’s Career Fair:

“Great event, made some new connections and got some valuable insights.” — Sajitha Saju, attendee

“This is my second time at the event, I always meet new people and learn something new. I would recommend this event to anyone who is in STEM.” — Anu Nair, attendee

“Participating as a Career Coach at SCWIST’s 5th Annual Career Fair was incredibly uplifting. The event’s dedication to empowering women in STEM and breaking barriers resonated deeply with me. I feel honoured to have contributed to a platform that nurtures growth, builds connections, and creates opportunities for women in STEM. Learning from their diverse experiences and hearing their
inspiring stories was truly enriching.” — Shena Mistry, Career Coach

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