SCWIST September 2014 Newsletter
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Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

Promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science and technology.

Less than a month to launch our MakePossible mentorship beta version and we already have been engaged in many conversations and meetings that support its mission. I will start with the meeting with BC Web Alliance last month when we joined Jill Earthy of Futurpreneur and a group of powerful, intelligent and insightful women in downtown Vancouver. We had an opportunity to discuss the need for women to be heard by the Federal Government and had received great tips.  Read more.
Make Possible Beta Release in October:
Thank you to Make Possible volunteers who have been helping test the prototype during August and September. Our next workshop will be October 2  to test core functionality, refine the user experience and provide feedback on the beta prototype – prior to the beta release to a broader network of users. 
The Becoming Leaders Workshop held on Sept 17 was filled with a group of energetic, professional women with a passion for learning.   The WinSETT workshop included many opportunities to network and work collaboratively in small groups to discuss challenges facing women in leadership, identify the unique strengths that we have and to develop strategies to overcome challenges. 
IWIS Event Recap
Alternative Health Careers was organized by IWIS in partnership with Back in Motion, and Simon Fraser University at the Surrey campus of SFU. While the seats were all sold out a day before, still many interested audience showed up at the day and the venue was packed up by graduate students, newcomers, and interested attendees who were looking to find more about careers available in Health sector.  Read more.
Featured Research Article

Gearing up to keep women from fleeing IT profession

For years, employers and experts have been trying to reverse the exodus of women from information technology positions...Some areas where improvement can be made, include:

Mentoring -- Women who advance within a company often find few female mentors. The author suggested allowing women to utilize peer networking and mentoring via professional organizations

"The further women move up, the fewer female mentors they have," the author said. "Women might be mentored by a male, and the lens he looks through might not be the same one she looks through."

Read the ScienceDaily article here.

Upcoming SCWIST Events

Power Up: Mental Fitness & Resilience-Building in Life & Work
Date: Thurs Nov 6
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Place: YWCA Vancouver
Speaker: Michelle Sangster
Come for an interactive, playful & informative series of activities to help you build confidence in life & work through learning resilience. Register
Negotiating for Success
Tue Nov 18
Gain awareness of the many workplace situations in which negotiation takes place and learn about the underlying factors affecting effectiveness and outcomes. More details to come.

Community Events

Genome BC: Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Address Featuring Dame Sally Davies
Chief Medical Officer for England & Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government, Dame Sally Davies, will deliver her talk on "Public Health & Genomics: When the Drugs Don't Work".

Date: Tue Oct 7, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm 

Place: Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Cost: Free

To register, click here.

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