New webinar series creates opportunities for engagement in LA&PS

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A new webinar series titled Moving Forward, launched by the Dean’s Office in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), will create new opportunities for engagement within the LA&PS community. This virtual series of lunchtime talks, which kicks off Sept. 24, will allow alumni, donors, retirees, faculty, staff and students to connect during this time of physical isolation. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Moving Forward is a new series of virtual lunchtime talks

With COVID-19 halting multiple outreach activities and community-building opportunities, this series will be a recurring event. The first six scheduled webinars are listed below.

The Moving Forward series will look at how people and organizations are navigating the future with strength, determination and skills needed to overcome unprecedented barriers and create a positive change.

Each webinar will feature a distinct aspect of tackling the future, with key leaders sharing their experiences from industry, government, the not-for-profit sector and the academy.

The series will explore:

  • how organizations are adapting in order to move forward through the global COVID-19 pandemic;
  • how our communities and organizations are moving forward on issues of equity and social justice; and
  • how students can move forward in their career goals, through the advice and wisdom of alumni who are graduates of the same program.
Sean Kheraj

Each webinar will feature either a one-on-one interview or a panel discussion with high-level decision makers from various fields, offering unique insights gained through first-hand experiences.

The first lunchtime chat will be with Cait O’Donovan, VP, Digital Commerce at Cineplex and will showcase the innovation it’s taken to adapt to COVID-19. O’Donovan’s conversation with Sean Kheraj (LA&PS associate dean programs) will give insight into how her team has responded to this new business landscape.

To register, RSVP here.

A look ahead at the Moving Forward Fall 2020 schedule:

How we’re tackling COVID: Cineplex – Sept. 24, 12 to 12:30 p.m.
An interview with Cait O’Donovan, VP, Digital Commerce at Cineplex, exploring agility, innovation and growth.

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Women in Leadership – Oct. 13
A panel discussion with: Jane Evans, managing director, Organization Effectiveness at BMO Financial Group; Janet Hawkins, president and CEO at Opterus Inc.; Anika Holder, vice-president and director, Human Resources at Penguin Random House Canada Limited; and Sandeep Tatla, vice-president, head of diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility at PointClickCare.

We have made strides in improved equity, but there’s still work to do. What are the frontiers of practice that promote women’s leadership in 2020?

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CANCELLED: How we’re tackling COVID: Canada Life – Oct. 21
An interview with Grace Palombo, executive vice-president and chief human resource officer at Canada Life.

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My History degree: what a great decision! – Nov. 5
A panel discussion exploring career and life advice from successful grads of York’s Department of History.

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How we’re tackling COVID: Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking – November (TBD)
An interview with Margot Franssen, founder, and Julia Drydyk, executive director on the topic of adjusting to new risks and opportunities.

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My Economics degree: what a great decision! – Dec. 8 (updated)
A panel discussion exploring career and life advice from successful grads of York’s Department of Economics.

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