About the event
Women and gender-expansive people have rich histories of resilience in the face of oppression and exclusion.
We’ve seen these communities — particularly women of colour, queer, trans, and non-binary people, disabled women, and Indigenous women — have to pull from wells of resilience throughout the pandemic.
What if they didn’t have to? How might policymakers and social purpose organizations build economic systems that work for women and gender-expansive people?
The Future of Good Women’s Economic Resilience summit, sponsored by Scotiabank, will convene changemakers and speakers working to advance gender equity and economic empowerment from across Canada and around the world. We’ll dive into feminist philanthropy, feminist movements, feminist public policy, entrepreneurship, care, leadership, and a whole lot more.
Hosted by Future of Good’s editorial fellow on women’s economic resilience, Sherlyn Assam, we’ll ask tough questions about whether the social purpose sector offers decent work for its 80 per cent women workforce. We’ll ask, too, about whether social policy development in this country is feminist and inclusive; how teams and organizations are driving gender equity; how funders might reckon with the trauma many women experience with money; and more.
We’ll also spotlight solutions led by women and non-binary people — from feminist activists on the frontlines of movements globally to women’s traditions of community care to the entrepreneurs, investors, and philanthropists building a better future for their communities every day.
Celebrating the rich history of women and non-binary people’s traditions of reciprocity. From giving circles to networks of mutual aid to communal childcare, what are the practices women and gender-expansive people have built for their own economic resilience? How might the more formal or institutional world of social impact learn from and support these practices? What does it mean to embed feminist concepts of reciprocity into policies, programs, funding, etc. for women’s economic resilience?
Capital — and lots of it — will be required to make strides on gender equity and economic resilience among women and non-binary people. What does it mean to make this funding feminist? What kind of funding works best for organizations and initiatives advancing women’s economic resilience? How can funders better understand issues that women and non-binary people face? What does it mean to reckon with the trauma that money has caused for many women — particularly Indigenous and racialized women — and make funding processes safe for them?
What kind of social policy processes fosters — and impedes — economic resilience for women and gender-expansive people? In what ways have social policy development processes and interventions in response to COVID left women and (perhaps especially) non-binary people behind. How well has the federal government’s gender-based analysis fared? What do feminist approaches to policymaking look like?
Women make up 80 percent of the non-profit workforce, but are underrepresented — particularly racialized, Indigenous, disabled, trans, and otherwise marginalized women — in high-paid and leadership positions. Let’s unpack pay disparities, precarious work, the lack of women in leadership roles, lack of gender equity in governance, and generally what it means that social purpose and care work have been historically feminized and therefore marginalized — as has been especially evident through the pandemic.
Feminist activists and grassroots groups around the world are fighting for fairer economic systems every day, and are connected directly to the issues the most marginalized women and non-binary communities face. What can organizations and institutions learn from them? What are the biggest issues preventing women’s economic resilience, and what are the activist strategies that work in the fight for justice?
There’s been much talk of a ‘she-cession’ through the pandemic — and much talk, too, of what makes for an inclusive, feminist recovery. Let’s bring together some key themes that make up this summit — policy, community care, funding, and more — and discuss what the social impact world needs to do now to advance gender equity in organizations, and make sure women and non-binary people aren’t still struggling to recover economically from the crisis years down the line.
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11:00 AM ET
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM ET
Opening Plenary: Feminist Reciprocity
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET
Plenary: Feminist Funding
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET
Lightning talk with Jake Stika: Moving from Men as Allies to Stakeholders
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM ET
Plenary: Feminist Social Policy
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET
1:15PM – 2:15 PM ET
Plenary: Feminist social purpose work and leadership
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM ET
(1) Plenary: Feminist Movements
(2) Fireside Chat: Feminist Movements with Cynthia Eyakuze
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM ET
Lightning talk with Paulette Senior: The Facts About Gender Based Violence
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET
Closing Plenary: Feminist Recovery
The teeny tinys
During the Women’s Economic Resilience Summit, we’re collaborating with The Teeny Tinys to provide virtual entertainment for little ones of parents who’d like to attend.
We’ve been covering gender equity through the pandemic, and know the toll it’s taken on working parents — especially women, who continue to bear a disproportionate responsibility for childcare. That’s why we’re committed to equity and to working toward a barrier-free summit experience for all.
We believe this kind of accommodation will — and should — soon become the new normal for working parents.
The Teeny Tinys is a children’s music initiative committed to positive messaging and creative self-expression. As a summit attendee, you’ll get access to recordings of four virtual, musical classes to play for your little ones while you’re enjoying the summit. Aria Zeuna, lead facilitator at The Teeny Tinys, will use imaginative play classes to keep your tiny ones learning and engaged. The classes will focus on counting, movement, storytime, and sparking imagination through song.
All conference attendees will be provided a private link via email on June 7th, 2022 where they can access the four classes over the span of the summit.
More speakers to be announced!
Aisha Addoo (she/her) founded Power To Girls Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers young girls the mentors and role models that were absent during her own youth. Her latest initiative is an award-winning entrepreneur “MY Power App”—the first social connection app for girls to access mentorship and a safe online space.
Amanda Kingsley Malo (she/her) is the founder of PoliticsNOW. She is a big believer that the word “community” is a verb, and tries to live with that in mind in all the work that she does: as an elementary school teacher; as a trustee on the board for the Canadian Museum of
History; as a public speaker, dedicated to advocating for gender equality and women in politics; and as the founder of PoliticsNOW, a grassroots organization that is dedicated to getting women elected to municipal councils across Northern Ontario.
Anjum Sultana (she/her) is an award-winning public affairs strategist, sought-after media commentator, and published health equity researcher with expertise in gender equity, public health, and youth leadership. Anjum is the Director of Youth Leadership & Policy Advocacy at Plan International Canada, a Fellow with the Public Policy Forum and a Canadian Delegate to the W20.
Arezoo Najibzadeh (she/her) is a social innovator and the founder and managing director of Platform, a non-profit organization that builds civic leadership capacity among Black, Indigenous, and racialized young women and gender-diverse youth. Through her work at Platform, Arezoo is advancing the conversation on gender and politics beyond representation to promote transformative, intersectional leadership and build prosperous futures for marginalized communities.
Bailey Reid (she/her) has worked in feminist advocacy and gender equity for over 15 years. Prior to co-founding The Spark Strategy, an innovative approach to sexual violence prevention, she worked at Carleton University as the Senior Advisor on Gender and Sexual Violence Prevention and Support. Bailey previously sat as Chair of the Public Engagement Committee of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women for nearly ten years.
Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein (she/her) is Associate Professor of Global Development at the University of Toronto and cross-appointed to the graduate programme of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She is Founder of Diverse Solidarity Economies (DiSE) Collective pushing for equitable economies.
In 2016, Chantel Cabaj (she/her) was inspired by political events to ensure women’s voices were entrenched in leadership. With a group of dedicated volunteers, this led to the creation of DirectHer Network, a registered charity committed to demystifying the board experience and expanding the number and types of women and gender diverse people in board service. Chantel, a former lawyer, has been entrenched in the board governance space for the last 6 years through DirectHer, private consulting with numerous nonprofit organizations and professional associations and through her online governance company, BoardWell.
Char San Pedro (she/her) is a friend, intersectional feminist, humanitarian, social entrepreneur, gender equity advocate, community-builder, orator, and writer. Char serves as the founder of nonprofit GOOD TO BE GOOD: a grassroots, community-led humanitarian and advocacy organization serving diverse, underserved and marginalized women, girls, gender diverse folks and their communities while actively advocating for gender equity and issues affecting made-vulnerable populations.
Cynthia Eyakuze (she/her) is the Co- Vice President of Global Programs at Equality Fund. She has over 25 years of experience in human rights, women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and governance and accountability. She led the Open Society Foundation (OSF) Women’s Rights Program from 2014-2017, which focused on advancing women’s sexual and reproductive rights, promoting economic justice for women and strengthening women’s rights organizations and movements.
Dehga Scott (she/ her) is an Indigenous Birth Worker and Co-Founder of the Northern Birthwork Collective. Her goal is to create change within the birth community by creating an Indigenous Birthworkers Training program that revitalizes our traditional birthing practices and by bringing communities together as we support new parents in their journey.
Diana Sarosi (she/her) is the Director of Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam Canada, leading a team of advocates working to advance gender justice and tackle growing inequality by influencing governments, corporations and multilateral bodies and mobilizing the public into action. She is particularly focused on building alliances for collective actions and supporting feminist movements. She is a long-standing feminist advocate, with more than 15 years of experience working with non-governmental organizations in Canada and throughout Southeast Asia.
Elene Lam (she/her) is the Executive Director of Butterfly, the Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network, and a PhD candidate at McMaster University’s School of Social Work. She has been advocating for sex worker, migrant, labour, and gender justice for over 20 years. Butterfly is organized by and supports workers in holistic centres, body rub parlours, and the sex industry in Toronto.
Esther Enyolu (she/her) is a trauma counsellor and a guest lecturer on violence against women and diversity issues. Her work is grounded in an integrated anti-racist/anti-oppression and feminist analysis, a holistic approach in which a person’s experience and realities of life are not fragmented and divided. Esther has been working in the human services field for over 30 years. She is a great advocate on issues of violence against women, youth and children. As the executive director of WMRCC of Durham, she has developed numerous innovative programs to support the population the organization serves.
Fae Johnstone (she/they), MSW, is the Executive Director and Co-Owner of Wisdom2Action Consulting Ltd., a social enterprise and consulting firm working with non-profits and governments across Canada to advance 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, improve mental health services, and address gender-based violence. Fae is a writer, equity educator, community organizer and public policy nerd.
Gabe Oatley (they/them) is the Future of Good editorial fellow on transforming funding models and Masters of Journalism student at Ryerson University. Their work has also been published in the National Observer, The Star and The Nation.
Herleen Arora (she/her) is a passionate educator, researcher, and champion for improving the economic and social well-being of marginalized communities. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Masters of Education in Social Justice from OISE, and a Bachelor of Health Sciences from Western University. Herleen has over ten years of experience in the non-profit and education sector where she has managed and coordinated projects across the GTA and internationally with organizations such as the Laidlaw Foundation, CivicAction, York Region District School Board, YMCA GTA, and World Literacy Canada.
Jacqueline Jennings (she/her) is an entrepreneur coach, start-up consultant and group facilitator commonly referred to as Biz-Witch. Biomimicry, learning from elders, healing our boring stories, working with horses and waking up about intersectional feminist issues and decolonization are her current favourite topics of conversation.
As Next Gen Men’s Executive Director, Jake Stika (he/him) 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 & men experience less pain, and cause less harm.
Kylie Adair (she/her) is the editor of Future of Good. Kylie studied journalism and human rights at Carleton University, and worked in gender equity-focused communications, documentary production, and freelance journalism before joining the Future of Good team two years ago.
Lyric Thompson (she/her) is the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this capacity, she leads the institution’s formulation of evidence-based policy recommendations and oversees ICRW’s advocacy efforts with the U.S. Government and internationally. She is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, where she teaches a graduate level course on women’s rights advocacy.
Maia Wikler (she/her) is a freelance journalist, film director, and PhD candidate in political ecology at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on wielding memory as a tool for justice in the face of corporate abuse and the climate crisis. Her work has been published in Vogue, High Country News, and Canada’s National Observer, among many others.
Maryann Kerr (she/her) is Chief Happiness Officer, CEO, and principal consultant with the Medalist Group. She has worked in the social profit sector for 34 years and helped raise over $110 million. A sector leader at the local, provincial, national, and international levels, she is passionate about her family, feminism, and continuous learning.
Maryam Pandi (she/her) is the Executive Director at Sexual Assault Centre Kingston. She is passionate about social justice and grounds her work in intersectional feminism and Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism values. In her daily work, Maryam uses her experience in community building and outreach to advocate for gender equity and works towards building a future free of sexual and gender-based violence.
Neha Chollangi (she/her) is Future of Good’s Special Projects Writer. Neha is a reporter based in the South Okanagan region in B.C. She is a graduate from the School of Journalism at X University (formally known as Ryerson University), where she developed a keen interest in long form journalism. Neha is interested in understanding the rapidly changing landscape of our culture today and how it impacts the way we live and interact with each other.
Paulette Senior (she/her) is President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Paulette started her career on the front lines of social service organizations in some of Toronto’s most underserved neighbourhoods. She saw how social resources and systemic change could transform women’s lives. Through her work and advocacy with shelters, as well as employment and housing programs, she has earned numerous awards and become one of the most respected women leaders in Canada.
Sherlyn Assam (she/her) is a freelance writer and a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership candidate at Carleton University. Her work explores philanthropy, faith and spirituality, social justice, intersectional feminism, youth, and human trafficking. She has published stories with PANL Perspectives, Future of Good, Broadview, Our Times, and Trad Magazine.
Sabrine Azraq (she/ her) is the National Legal Coordinator at the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) where she manages the first-ever legal services coordination pilot program geared specifically to Muslim women in Canada. She has a law degree, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Education specializing in social justice education. She published both an article and a book chapter in the following academic books; Critical Schooling: Transformative Theory and Practice and New Framings on Anti-Racism: Resistance and the New Futurity. She taught six tutorial classes at the University of Toronto in the Department of Sociology; Department of Historical and Cultural Studies; and the Department of Arts, Culture and Media. Sabrine also worked in the office of The Honourable Marilou McPhedran.
Priscilla Zamora Politis (she/her) is a specialist in gender equality in the private sector and triple impact social entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder and CEO of B-certified social company Women in Management, and was a former UN Women Consultant for the Win-Win program.
Sarah Jama (she/her) is a community organizer from Hamilton, Ontario. She is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) and holds a Social Sciences degree from McMaster University. Her lived experiences have fostered interests and a passion for: community engagement, disability justice, and activism.
Shelley Kuipers (she/her), Co-Founder/co-CEO of The51 is an activist in business, entrepreneurship and investment, driving business models that are more equitable, diverse, corporately and ecologically sustainable. Shelley is a co-founder of IOVIA and Adventure Capital, and previously founded crowdsourcing company, Chaordix and was a co-founder of Stormworks, which was acquired by Solium. She is also co-founder and an active board member of a sustainable direct to consumer clothing brand House Kuipers.
Surranna Sandy (she/her) is an award-winning nonprofit executive, currently CEO of Skills for Change, a multiservice social services charity that helps 16,000+ Immigrants and Refugees resettle in Canada annually. She has received multiple awards for her nonprofit leadership and community development work including from the Federal Government of Canada and 100 Accomplished Black Women.
Tynesha McHarris (she/her) is the Principal of Black Harvest, a Black Feminist advisory firm working with movement leaders and philanthropy. She also is the co-founder of The Black Feminist Fund, an unprecedented fund moving resources to Black feminists in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. She brings over fifteen years of experience advocating for racial, gender and youth justice in social movements, organizations, and philanthropic institutions.
Wanda Brascoupé (she/her) is Bear Clan, Kanien’keha, Skarù rę’, Anishinabe and a member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. Her career focuses on long-term, meaningful relationships guiding and shaping change through tangible, actionable approaches with Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. As COVID began, Wanda and a small team envisioned what is now the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF). The first-ever all Indigenous-led fund recognized that traditional philanthropy often does not support Indigenous-led non-profits and charities who daily perform essential programs.
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