Last night we had the honour of celebrating International Women's Day with some fantastic ladies at the #girlbossyeg event hosted by InterVivos here in Edmonton. The theme of this year's event was Press for Progress.
Trisha Estabrooks, a former journalist, broadcaster, and current Edmonton Public School Board Trustee;
Janis Irwin, an Executive Director with Alberta Education;
Paula Kirman, an award-winning writer, photographer, musician, filmmaker, and activist;
Erin Leonty, Global Manager of Inclusion and Diversity at Finning International;
Kristin Raworth, a sexual violence advocate;
Dr. Kisha Supernant, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the U of A
and Salima Ebrahim, Director of External Relations at the City of Edmonton.
We discussed inequality in the workplace, consent education in our schools, awareness and support for those who have been affected by sexual violence and how to be an active participant in the Press for Progress.
We also reconnected with the fabulous Harriet Tinka, Founder of Empowered Me and InterVivos mentor, who we are excited to be featuring in #NoFilter.
We lucked out with an energetic table of ladies (wooo table 9!), including Kathy Tuccaro, whose story of overcoming homelessness and years of mental, physical, and sexual abuse is incredibly inspiring. Kathy took advantage of Women Building Futures' incredible programming to find her feet again and become a heavy equipment operator - driving "the world's biggest truck!" Kathy has written a book about her experience ("Dream Big") and is also a motivational speaker.
It was inspiring to connect with all of these fabulous ladies and we can't wait to take what we've learned and use it to continue to "press for progress" for all women and girls.