Friday Program

Time and Date: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM on Friday May 5th
Session Type: Workshop


The fifth workshop from the WinSETT Centre's Leadership Workshop series will be hosted by WWEST prior to the conference, on-site at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown on Friday, May 5, 2017. This workshop is not included in the conference registration, however, it is offered at a discounted rate for Creating Connections 5.0 attendees and is highly recommended for those looking to advance their careers. It will help participants to appreciate the role of mentors in supporting and advancing their careers, learn how to develop (and be) sponsors and mentors, and strengthen their networking skills. Register before April 25 to get a 5% early bird discount!

Creating Connections 5.0 attendees will receive $100 off their purchase of a General Ticket for the May 5th WinSETT Leadership Workshop. To claim the discount, use the code CONNECTIONS100 and enter your Creating Connections 5.0 registration ID when registering for the workshop. Learn more about how to register for the WinSETT Leadership Workshop: Networks, Mentors and Sponsors. Note that only 10 discount codes are available, and the discount will only be applied to General Ticket purchases. 


Time and Date: 5:45-7:00 PM on Friday May 5th
Session Type: Keynote Panel
Panelists: Dr. Joy Johnson (Moderator), Kristine Steuart, Judi Hess, Edoye Porbeni and Jan K. Grude

Assertive, rational, dominant: the archetype of a powerful leader. The popular view of effective leadership and the “right” way to lead is defined in masculine language; however, female leaders embodying such traits are often seen as undesirable. Stereotypically feminine traits – empathy, cooperation, collaboration – are also important for leadership, but are often undervalued. Could this be why women only hold 8.5% of leadership positions in Canada’s top 100 companies? How can we disrupt this gender bias and break the masculine stereotype of leadership?


Time and Date: 7:00-9:00PM on Friday May 5th
Session Type: Networking

Make sure to stay for our reception to make valuable connections with people from a wide range of backgrounds. 

*Includes hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.