March 8 marks International Women’s Day, one of the most important days of the year to celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness about women’s equality. We are kicking off the month of activities on March 3 @ 1pm with a can’t miss Instagram Live conversation between YW Calgary’s own Talia Bell, VP, Programs & Services, YWCA Edmonton CEO, Katherine O’Neil and YWCA Banff, CEO, Ebony Rempel, and our dynamic host, Lana Bentley, Director, Program Strategy at YW Calgary.

We  are also excited to invite you to The Walrus Leadership Forum: Fuelling the She-covery where a panel of leaders in the women’s equity movement

will share their insights on the she-covery, women’s achievements, and what’s left to be done (we know A LOT is left to be done). Join:

Alicia Dubois, CEO, Royal British Columbia Museum – A proud Indigenous professional who practiced law for just over a decade before transitioning into Indigenous finance to advance Indigenous prosperity and inclusion in the economy.

The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, Chair, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation
Founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation in New Brunswick, which is devoted to the elimination of family violence through public education and research, and the first female to hold the position of Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of New Brunswick.

Jake Stika, Executive Director and Co-founder, Next Gen Men
As Next Gen Men’s Executive Director, Jake is a passionate speaker and facilitator focused on gender-based issues related to the social and emotional development of young men, the health and well-being of men in communities, and gender equity in workplaces for a future where boys and men experience less pain, and cause less harm.

Leena Yousefi, Lawyer and CEO, YLAW
Leena (Ronak) Yousefi is a multi-award-winning family lawyer, accredited mediator, and the founder of YLaw, the fastest growing female-led law firm in Western Canada.

The event will be moderated by The Walrus Executive Director Jennifer Hollett and will open with remarks from Sue Tomney, CEO, YW Calgary who has some great insights about women’s equity, inclusion, and prosperity.

5050 raffle IWD

This is also an excellent opportunity to support the work YW Calgary does AND possibly making some cash! We are holding a International Women’s Day 50-50 Fundraising Raffle with single tickets available starting at $10, up to packages up to $100. The bigger the pot, the more you take home! Sales end March 9 and the draw date is the same day.

For the balance of March, we are collaborating with a diverse group of amazing women and organizations, including the Calgary Public Library, for a free virtual International Women’s Day: Three Part Lunch Conversation Series.