The COVID-19 pandemic will not stop us from engaging with our community. This is the commitment of the Dean’s Office in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS). Six new interactive webinars have been scheduled for the Winter term, the latest episodes in the Faculty’s Moving Forward series.
Launched in September 2020, the Moving Forward series invites students, alumni, faculty, staff and other friends of York into meaningful conversations about how to “move forward” in uncertain times. Moving Forward resonated with our community, drawing hundreds of participants in 2020. To view past episodes visit the YouTube playlist.
Each Moving Forward webinar engages successful York alumni for a unique take on progress, drawing on one of three sub-themes:
- how organizations are moving forward in response to 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 academic and career goals, through guidance from alumni who are graduates of the same program.
To register for this year’s Moving Forward webinars, RSVP via the links below. All are welcome.
A look ahead at the Moving Forward Winter 2021 schedule:
How Entrepreneurs Overcome Adversity – Jan. 28, 12 to 1 p.m.
Five successful York grads will talk about their entrepreneurship journey, and specifically how to overcome adversities including financing a start-up, time management, and navigating the pandemic. Panelists include: Anil Taneja, managing director at Palm Holdings; Matt Golden, founder and managing partner at Golden Ventures; Noora Sharrab, co-founder and CEO at Sitti Social Enterprise; Richard Reiner, founding partner at CC Stratus Capital; and Sharon Zohar, CEO/founder at The Big Push. Hosted by Associate Dean, Programs, Sean Kheraj. Includes a Q-and-A session.
My English degree: what a great decision! – Feb. 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Hear from graduates of York’s Department of English who are currently in leadership roles as they share their career journeys. Panelists include: Kirsten Manley-Casimir, acting legal director, Indigenous justice division at Ministry of the Attorney General; Lena Azzou, chief of staff at Metrolinx; Michael Pavkovic, vice-president – payments and trade operations at RBC; and Tamer Ibrahim, youth collective impact manager at Laidlaw Foundation. Hosted by Associate Dean, Programs, Sean Kheraj. Includes a Q-and-A session.
How York alumni are advancing initiatives in Black communities – Feb. 9, 12 to 1 p.m.
Join us as we talk to York graduates who are currently involved in various initiatives addressing anti-Black racism as they share about their work in this area. Panelists include: Ahmed Ismail, vice-president at Wellington Management; Danielle Dowdy, advisor, strategic policy & stakeholder relations at Toronto Police Services Board; Joan Jenkinson, executive director at Black Screen Office; Marlon Hylton, CEO and senior counsel at INNOV-8 Data Counsel and INNOV-8 Legal Inc.; and Nadine Spencer, CEO at BrandEQ Group. Hosted by Associate Dean, Students, Michele Johnson. Includes a Q-and-A session.
How we tackled COVID: Discount Car & Truck Rentals – Feb. 25, 12 to 12:30 p.m.
York University alumni Jay Singer led Discount Car & Truck Rentals through the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. He says, “How we survived it was one of my proudest achievements as President of the company.” Come hear this story of resilience and innovation. Hosted by Associate Dean, Programs, Sean Kheraj. Includes a Q-and-A session.
Women in Leadership – March 8, 1 to 2 p.m.
Hear from York alumnae who are currently in leadership roles as they share their career journeys. This webinar will talk about what inspires these women leaders, how they have overcome obstacles along their career paths, and more. Join us as we discuss their path to success and hear valuable advice and insights. Hosted by Associate Dean, Students, Michele Johnson. Includes a Q-and-A session.
How does Disaster and Emergency Response Work? – March 25, 12 to 1 p.m.
This webinar will bring together alumni and faculty from the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies specializing in disaster and emergency response, to help us understand how it all works. Hosted by Associate Dean, Programs, Sean Kheraj. Includes a Q-and-A session.