International Womens Day Gala
March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The International Womens Day (IWD) Gala will be held on Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at the Great Hall in Hart House by Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Sustainable Engineering Association (SEA), and the Global Engineering Club.
The International Womens Day Gala is a formal event meant to commemorate and celebrate the achievements of women in an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, professors and professionals. Our main target audiences are female students from the Arts & Science and Engineering faculties, although all students are encouraged to attend the Gala. With a total of 150 expected attendees, 35 spots are reserved for female industry professionals who will attend the event and participate alongside our students during the networking session. We aim to inspire and educate individuals both in and out of the University of Toronto community in an effort to have open dialogues on gender equality.
The Gala is comprised of dinner, performances, speakers, panelists and a networking session. The networking session will highlight the interdisciplinary solutions to complex real-world issues and will feature professionals from global engineering, sustainable and environmental engineering paths. This year, we will be placing a focus on the networking session by inviting industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds to the Gala. Through this, we hope to broaden the perspectives of our attendees and to empower them to explore different career paths in science and engineering.
Last year, the IWD Gala was attended by 145 individuals who were primarily University of Toronto students. Dr. Inmar Givoni, a Senior Autonomy Engineering Manager at Uber Advanced Technology Group was invited to kick off the event as the Keynote Speaker. The panel was comprised of Dr. Emily Agard, Assistant
Professor and the Director of SciXchange at Ryerson University, AManda Khan, University of Toronto MD student and PhD candidate, and Dr. Cynthia Goh, Professor of Chemistry and cross-appointed to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Institute of Medical Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.