SCWIST August 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.
Throughout my many years in the corporate world I have learned about the impact of changing the form of a team by adding/removing members and about how the famous sequence of “forming, storming, norming, performing” to be true. The impact of forming a new team, such as the SCWIST Board of Directors formed after every AGM, depends on the culture and willingness of each team member in achieving the team vision. That is why a clear vision is the key as well as true collaboration, to minimize the ‘storming and norming’ phases for ‘performing’ to take place. Read more.


Special thanks to Make Possible volunteers for providing their valuable feedback and creative ideas at the recent Make Possible Prototype Testing Workshop held on July 30. Participants were divided into teams to test various functions of the Make Possible Mentoring Network and brainstorm ideas for other features. Next Workshop is targeted for Sept 26. If you are interested in testing the prototype, please visit the website or send us an email.


SCWIST has partnered with Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) and NSERC Chair Dr. Elizabeth Croft from UBC to support gender diversity in the workplace – please check out our new Gender Diversity Resource Papers on our website.

SCWIST is also working closely with WebAlliance on the upcoming October 24 BC Economic Forum to support Women as a Catalyst for Growth – especially in non-traditional jobs and emerging sectors. The special WEBEARLY conference rate is available until Aug 31st. More info


Registration for the Sept 17 Becoming Leaders Workshop is now full with a waiting list, but please stay tuned for the next workshop in the WinSett Leadership Series which is targeted for a November timeframe.

Event Recap
BrownBag Lunch Series: Get the job You Really Want

2 Essential Career Building Tools - Compelling Career Branding Statements & Information Interviews 

On July 30, BrownBag had a fun and interactive summer session on UBC campus. During this partly outdoor session, our facilitator Joanne Loberg helped the attendees to develop the two most essential career building tools to get the job one really wants.
During this hands-on session, Joanne helped the audience to build their career branding statements and to create their own elevator pitch.To make a career branding statement, you need to ask yourself what skills, experience and education you have that diffrentiate you from others, and make you more suitable for the position that you really want. Add what you are interested in doing next, which company you want to work for and make your 30 seconds elevator pitch. In this interactive session, participants got the opportunity to make their own elevator pitch and also to try it out in the ‘Networking Gym’. Read more.

Upcoming SCWIST Events

Tools for Transition Workshops
Date: Sept 13, 20, 27 & Oct 4
Time: 9:30 – 12:30 pm
Place: YWCA, 535 Hornby St, Vancouver
Speaker: Sally Halliday
Bursaries are available. Apply now!
How can we use change as an opportunity to make meaningful decisions about our lives and careers? Register
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

Community Events

Postdoctoral Research Day hosted by the UBC PDA

All postdocs, research associates, PhD students, & faculty are welcome.

Date: Wed Sept 17
Time: 2:00 - 6:00 pm 

Place: UBC Life Sciences Centre

Come showcase your work, meet peers, & increase your visibility! Registration will open in mid-August. Stay tuned for more details on PDA website, Twitter, or Facebook.
National Learn to Code Day
Date: Sat Sept 27
Time: 10:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Vancouver TBD
Fee: $50
Join Ladies Learning Code on Sept 27 across Canada & build a beautiful one page website with HTML & CSS. Learn more.
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