XX Event 2014 Recap
It was my great pleasure to organize XX Evening 2014, an evening of networking and dynamic discussion, for women studying and working in science, engineering, and technology. The event was a great success, with about 189 attendees in total, including SCWIST board members, volunteers, and Wonder Women. This women-only evening connects young science, technology and engineering enthusiasts with mentors in a range of fields and is set to inspire the next generation of female scientist. Panelists Valerie Fraser, Tamsin Lyle, Laurel Schafer, and Kathryn Bray shared their stories of success and challenge in industry, academia, and self-employment, and offered tips for finding a good mentor and managing time efficiently… and also for keeping your balance with yoga, humour and the occasional beer tasting!
Participants then had the opportunity to ask questions of more than 30 potential mentors in the fun and relaxed setting of Science World. Finally, the group enjoyed watching the Omnimax film, “Rescue”.
According to some attendee feedback, the event was: “The least intimidating networking event. I am having fun.” “ First time here. Loved it.” “This is a fantastic event. Keep up the good work.” “Great networking and wonder women. Thanks for their emails.” “It was my first time to attend these kinds of events, and I found it so helpful.”
My sincere thanks to Sandy Eix and her team at Science World at TELUS World of Science for hosting this very successful event. On behalf of SCWIST and myself I want to express my great thankfulness to the amazing volunteers and they are: Stephanie McInnis, Vladimirka Pereula, Christiana Cheng, Zhila Pirmoradi, Shreema Merchant, Samaneh Khakshour, Katharina Rothe, and Blanca Rodriguez.
Written by: Suzana Djordjevic-Stajic
Networking at XX Evening, March 5, 2014 at Science World at TELUS WORLD of SCIENCE
The networking session followed the panel discussion by the Wonder Women. It was very well organized with name tags for each Wonder Women indicating their specialization, making it very easy to spot them. The casual setting made it not only easy to make connections with the Wonder Women but also among others with similar interest. The time and space allotted were sufficient to allow personal interaction with the Wonder Women and other eminent SCWIST members. Overall it was a great opportunity for building networks and display the activities and events conducted by SCWIST like the Status of Women Program.
Written by: Shreema Merchant
Thank you to our wonderful door prize donors!
- FPInnovations – Pulp and Paper division
- Simon Fraser University
- Science World
- Coastal and Mountain Meteorology National Lab (CMML)
- Allied Vision Technologies Canada Inc.
A few photos of the event:
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