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Minerva at WE FOR SHE

Minerva is always working to champion the next generation of leaders. Which is why we were so delighted to be an event partner at We For She, earlier in October. Over 1,500 people attended the conference, which brought business leaders and students together to advance gender equality. The goal was to give young women a greater understanding of their own potential, expand their confidence in what they can achieve, and inspire them with access to dynamic and successful role models.

We For She was the perfect opportunity for alumnae from our Learning to Lead™ program for Grade 11 girls. Ashley Milbury, Minerva’s coordinator of Learning to Lead™ (seen above, on the far left), re-united a dozen of the girls from the 2016 cohort, and served as their chaperone on the day of the event. Two of the twelve travelled from outside the Lower Mainland. Another was so eager to attend, she rallied funding and the support of a teacher/chauffeur, and brought three of her classmates all the way from Agassiz – entirely the result of her own initiative.

Jacquelyn Nadrazsky on her MBA and her life’s purpose.

In March of this year, Minerva was fortunate to add a new full-time team member: an extraordinary educator and lifelong student named Jacquelyn Nadrazsky. At the six-month mark, Jacquelyn and I sat down to discuss her MBA, her life’s purpose, and the moment she knew she’d been ‘Minerva’d.’

Jacquelyn was born and raised in Bella Bella, the traditional territory of the Heiltsuk First Nation. She graduated from high school there and knew that she wanted to continue into post secondary education right away, without delaying like so many of her peers. At 17, she went to Malaspina University to attend First Nations Arts One – an introduction to Liberal Arts. At that time, she also competed at the North American Indigenous Games in basketball, where she met her husband. She transferred to UNBC Prince George for First Nations Studies, where she remained for three years, before becoming pregnant with their first daughter. Feeling the call of home, she and her husband returned to Bella Bella, where she became a liaison worker at the community school.

Meet our summer intern, Amelia Cook. She’s been gathering testimonials, and the results are inspiring.

Amelia has been keenly conducting interviews with past participants of our Learning to Lead™ program for grade 11 girls.   One such testimonial came from Sanya Ranchal, a recent graduate of UBC in Immunology and Microbiology.  She hopes to pursue gynecology, obstetrics and women’s rights – largely because of her experience with Minerva. What she shared with Amelia:...

Retirement. It’s not just about the money.

Retirement is supposed to be the best time of your life. But for many accomplished career women, the idea of retirement is terrifying. How do you reinvent yourself when you’ve invested years building your career identity? How do you define yourself without your work? And, most importantly, what will you do with all that time?...

Meet Jen Murtagh

Last week, our CEO, Adine Mees, made a very important announcement at the Face of Leadership™ Conference. She introduced the room to our incoming CEO, Jen Murtagh (pictured above) who is leaving her role as Executive Director of CKNW Orphans’ Fund to join Minerva in mid-August.  From Adine, Jen is inheriting a platform of successes to...

The Face of Leadership™ Conference was a resounding success.

On Wednesday, June 22nd, Minerva hosted 250 business leaders at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, with the goal of collectively ‘outsmarting our blind spots’.  We learned that identifying and managing our implicit biases is no small feat – one that requires constant monitoring and attention. The day began with a traditional welcome by peace-builder Chief Dr...

Announcing the full Face of Leadership™ Conference 2016 Line-up

On June 22nd, Minerva will help you accelerate organizational change, promote diversity, and create a culture of engagement. A keynote by Carlee Beth Hawkins of Project Implicit will provide awareness and information absolutely everyone needs to know. She’ll demonstrate how much our minds depend on unconscious processes to navigate the world, and how these same unconscious processes are at...

Launching the Face of Leadership™ BC Score Card

The face of leadership is changing.  But not fast enough. On November 17th, Minerva released a report called the Face of Leadership™ BC Score Card 2015.  It measures gender diversity in leadership amongst the 28 largest companies in BC (by revenue). We created this metric in order to engage BC businesses in a factual conversation about...

CBC Radio features Minerva women leading up to National Aboriginal Day

This Sunday, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day – a day to recognize and celebrate the history and cultures of Aboriginal people in Canada. Leading up to the day, CBC Radio has been featuring Aboriginal women’s personal stories of strength and success as part of their Dream Makers series. We were delighted that they featured our very...

A time to refresh, reconnect – and register! What happened at Minerva’s very first Women Leading the Way™ alumnae event

In 2009, with the inspiration and backing from Status of Women Canada, Danna Murray and Helen Dewar developed the much-needed advanced leadership program designed specifically for women – Women Leading the Way™. What they couldn’t have imagined was that just a few years later, they would be reconnecting with their alumnae to celebrate with over 100 women who have since...

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Our office is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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