Look Around

Constructing a More Inclusive Workplace

Time and Date: 1:45–2:45 pm on Saturday, May 4
Session Type: Workshop
Facilitators: Jennifer Pelletier and Dr. Toni Schmader

Policies and practices are the bricks of an inclusive workplace, but the challenge of the actual construction is finding the right culture to cement it all together. This session includes presentations on emerging research and case studies from this field. The outcomes from Friday's Policy Forum will also be shared.

Jennifer Pelletier has been engaged in issues related to women and diversity in STEM for more than a decade. A founder of the Creating Connections conference, she was the Manager of Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology from 2010–2015.  She currently holds the position of Manager, Facilities and Special Projects, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. 

Dr. Toni Schmader holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology at the University of British Columbia and is the Director of Engendering Success in STEM, a research consortium committed to evidence-based strategies to improve women’s experiences in STEM fields. She has 15 years of experience and over 70 publications, many of which examine how stereotypes and bias constrain people's performance and self-views. Dr. Schmader has given frequent public lectures on the topic of implicit gender bias including talks to the National Academies of Science in the United States, as part of Harvard's Women in Work Series, and at the International Gender Summit. She was the recipient of a Killam Research Prize in 2013 and the Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize in 2018.