What do we make of gender-racial-sexual identities?
Studies show that diversity, inclusion, and gender equality positively correlate with company profitability and success.
Additionally, companies with diverse employees show a larger capacity of innovation leading to a 19% increase in profits. Yet, initiatives to increase diversity, inclusion, and gender equality are oftentimes not a priority in most organizations. To understand why, we first need to explore roadblocks associated with this mentality. These roadblocks include unconscious bias, microaggressions and harassment, misunderstanding one’s identity and lacking a sense of belonging.
However, Accenture’s new research survey, titled “Getting to Equal 2018”, brings encouraging and actionable news about achieving higher levels of diversity, inclusion, and gender equality. It lists several factors that make a difference including having bold and diverse leadership teams that set, share, and measure targets openly, increasing policies and practices that are inclusive and free of bias, and encouraging an empowering environment of trust and freedom.
Beyond Gender – Intersectionality 101
Intersectionality 101 will introduce and explore the intersections of identity and how they relate to diversity, inclusivity, equity, and privilege. Participants will learn definitions, explore their own identities, and will be given strategies to effectively identify unconscious bias and microaggressions, tips for building an inclusive environment that nurtures innovative ideas, and an appreciation for the power of collective wisdom and diverse experiences. This session is appropriate for people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. No previous knowledge is necessary to participate.
Meghana Valupadas’ Biography
Meghana Valupadas (she/her) is the 2020 Chair for WES, Women in Engineering Summit. In 2019 she earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta. She is the former Vice-Chair of the Women’s Advocacy Voice Committee of Edmonton, a current member of the Social Wellbeing Advisory Committee of Calgary, and the Co-Creator of Diversity in Engineering, an organization that supports traditionally underrepresented groups in Engineering at the University of Alberta. She also represents Western Canada as a See It Be It STEM Role Model with Linamar Corporation. Meghana currently works as a Project Engineer with the Calgary Parking Authority. She was born and raised in Edmonton and is passionate about encouraging dialogue and sparking change.
Women in Engineering Virtual Event Details
Join us at the third Women in Engineering Summit and the first virtual one on October 23rd. A Keynote by Aerospace Engineer Natalie Panek opens the day to a line-up of speakers and panelists addressing: unconscious bias, coping with stress, identities and inclusion, dream jobs, and the importance of tipping the scale to 30% of women in the profession. Sessions will be interactive, and there will be 2 networking opportunities throughout the day.
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