Pre and Post Workshops

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On Thursday, May 12, 2022 CCWESTT 2022 will offer various user pay workshops.   

Workshop # 1
Thursday, May 12, 2022
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

You as a Brand

CCWESTT 2022 is pleased to offer an in-depth three hour workshop on becoming a confident spokesperson for your project or organization.  You as a Brand workshop, presented by Robyn Quinn, will cover social media engagement and how to leverage for funding, recruitment and opportunities.

You as a Brand 

  • Creating your authentic profile to promote your expertise and attract opportunities.
  • Fun and energetic session to develop a profile to help you advance your career and expand your professional network.
  • Robyn will walk through the top five tactics to consider when you want to dial up your profile. She’ll lead a dynamic exercise 
  • designed to get you thinking outside a job description and more about your aspirations!
  • Finally – the group will check out ways to improve their LinkedIn profile
  • And how other social media platforms can be leveraged.

Robyn Quinn, APR, MA, Fellow CPRS 

Founder and President of Big Bang Communications and recently retired founding Chair of Island Women in Science and Technology (iWIST), Robyn Quinn is a dynamic communications professional with 20 years experience working in education, research, technology, government, not-for-profit, association and transportation sectors.  Originally from Nova Scotia, She developed and delivered award winning public relations and marketing campaigns from coast to coast and is passionate about supporting the growth of women in STEM leadership roles.   Volunteer Victoria recognized her commitment to IWIST with a Leadership Award in 2018 presented by Lt Governor Janet Austen.

A graduate of Royal Roads University (MA Professional Communications) and Saint Mary’s University, Robyn is a long time accredited member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and named Fellow in 2018. She was CPRS National President 2004/05. While working at Natural Resources Canada, in 2008 Robyn co-chaired National Science and Tech Week for BC & Yukon. Although communications is her primary focus, Robyn is also a certified Change Management Professional and Scrum Product Owner.

In 2015 and in 2020 Robyn was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.

Robyn is currently working as a Strategic Communications Officer at the University of Victoria – supporting Engineering, Computer Science and Science faculties.           

WinSETT Workshops

About WinSETT

The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) is an action-oriented, non-profit organization that aspires to recruit, retain and advance women in science, engineering, trades and technology.  The WinSETT Centre develops and delivers professional development for up-and-coming leaders tailored to early and mid-career female engineers, scientists, tradespersons and technologists in science and technology-based sectors and the men who work with them.   CCWESTT 2022 is pleased to offer two 90 minute Skill Builder WinSETT workshops.

Workshops will be : • highly interactive • engaging • based on Canadian research and best practices • focused on the reality of women in SETT • professionally facilitated

Workshop #2
Thursday, May 12, 2022
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Fundamentals of Respectful and Inclusive Workplaces

Join us for thoughtful discussion, self-reflection and experience-based learning.

An Inclusive Workplace is when ALL employees have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Women can often find themselves as ‘others’ in predominantly male-led workforces, affecting everything from morale to career advancement and women set apart by their racial or ethnic identities often fare even worse. Change can only be made if organizations start to listen, understand and devise solutions that will address the barriers that women and other minority groups face.

Learning Objectives:
• Explore an understanding of the concept of respectful and inclusive SETT workplaces
• Explore the business case for moving towards a respectful and inclusive SETT workplace
• Recognize the opportunities you have to impact your SETT workplace

Workshop # 3
Thursday, May 12, 2022
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

From Difficult to Effective Conversations

Having a difficult conversation is never easy, but it can be thoughtful, respectful and even productive. Join us for this conversation.

Initiating and managing a difficult conversation is a crucial management skill. Most of us would cringe, avoid, delay, procrastinate, anything to make it go away. Having a difficult conversation is never easy, but it can be thoughtful, respectful and even productive.

This workshop is focused on understanding a variety of approaches to difficult conversations, including how your habits when it comes to conflict impact how you have difficult conversations. Learning Objectives:

Learning Objectives:
• Identify what makes conversations difficult for you
• Use a simple framework to prepare for and navigate difficult conversations
• Practice techniques to improve your skills for more effective conversations in SETT workplaces
• Explore gendered and other stereotyped aspects of difficult conversation

On Sunday, May 15, 2022 CCWESTT 2022 will offer the following user pay workshop.   

Sunday, May 15, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Informed Opinions: Writing Compelling Commentary Workshop

Dawn Rae Downton, Associate Facilitator for Informed Opinions, will lead participants through a 3-hour interactive workshop that builds participants’ leadership capacity and enhances their credibility and influence. It provides participants with the confidence and tools to contribute their expertise to the public discourse through compelling, short-form written commentary for newspaper op ed pages and online sites.

The session equips participants to:

● Own and articulate their authority as experts (recognizing and addressing the entrenched undervaluing of women and gender-diverse people’s expertise by both society and they themselves);

● Understand the essential elements and format of newspaper commentaries, including how to build a concise, persuasive and accessible argument that is likely to engage a lay audience;

● Increase their publication prospects by linking their expertise to the news and enhancing the relevance and timeliness of their knowledge;

● Submit their work to online and print editors.