The Power of Women Conversation Series

The Power of Women conversation series kicks off March 8 for International Women's Day, with an online discussion taking place each following Monday all month long exploring mentorship, the she-session, women in media, and the next generation of leaders.

The virtual discussion series kicks off on International Women's Day and continues all month long

(Design by Laura DiPede)

2020 was a year defined by tremendous challenge and transformation, bringing to the forefront new and longstanding issues that uniquely affect women. CBC Toronto is celebrating International Women's Day with the launch of a new month-long series of virtual discussions centred around mentorship, the she-session, women in media, and a new generation of leaders. Together with influential women from across the GTA, we invite you to discuss those challenges, sharing triumphs along the way. 

MONDAY MARCH 8 - Meredith MacNeill, Leslie Woo &
Abigail Moriah in conversation with Gill Deacon

Meredith MacNeill (Illustration by Élana Camille)

The future of feminism is here — and it's funny. While misogyny is no laughing matter, Canadian comedic powerhouse Meredith MacNeill uses humour, biting wit and sense of self to combat sexism through dialogue. This acclaimed actress carved her path, on her terms, as she leads the way for the next generation of female performers in the male dominated field of comedy. Be part of this intimate one-on-one conversation, hosted by award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author, Here and Now's Gill Deacon.

Woman to Woman: Mentorship and Sponsorship in the Workplace
How to get to where you need to

Leslie Woo, Abigail Moriah (Illustrations by Élana Camille)

Mentorship and Sponsorship are two important keys to unlocking career opportunities and future success. Join CivicAction's CEO, Leslie Woo, and Founder of the Black Planning Project, Abigail Moriah, for a conversation on connecting with fellow women to gain valuable, practical and soft skills. From utilizing power words and fighting imposter syndrome, to honing in on networking and job prospects, this talk focuses on work/life balance and everything in between.

Leslie Woo is a respected leader with over 25 years of experience building sustainable communities and shaping urban development in Canada's fastest-growing urban region, greater Toronto. Abigail Moriah is a consultant and urban planner specializing in affordable housing and mixed-use development for over 10 years.


Registration includes a custom CBC gift box featuring treats from woman-led businesses from across the GTA, including Real Talk Candles, Succulent Chocolates, Wild Rose Handmade and Cubed Style skincare. (GTA residents only)

MONDAY MARCH 15 - Weathering the 'she-cession' in 2021: Staying afloat during turbulent times 

Amanda Munday & Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, moderated by Nicole Martin

Amanda Munday, Jasmine Ramze Rezaee (Illustration by Élana Camille)

"The economy can't recover without half of its workforce."

The COVID-19 pandemic has both affected women disproportionately and highlighted the glaring inequities that have long existed in our communities. Join CEO of The Workaround, Amanda Munday, and the Director of Advocacy and Communications for the YWCA Toronto, Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, for a conversation on how to weather this period of crisis. From the impact on working mothers to women facing multiple forms of marginalization, this talk explores what a successful and sustainable 'she-covery' looks like for all. 

Jasmine Ramze Rezaee is an experienced public affairs leader and is the Director of Advocacy and Communications at YWCA Toronto, one of Canada's leading women's organizations. Amanda Munday is a TEDxToronto speaker and the best selling author of Day Nine, and founder ofThe Workaround - Toronto's first commercial coworking space with on-site childcare.


MONDAY MARCH 22 - Women in Media & The Arts: Spotlighting diversity & inclusion. 

Alison Duke & Santee Smith, moderated by Ginella Massa

Alison Duke, Santee Smith (Illustration by Élana Camille)
Reflecting contemporary Canada on screen and on stage.

Representation matters, especially when it comes to reflecting contemporary culture. Meet the women who are elevating underrepresented voices and storytelling through the lens of diversity and inclusion. Join this in-depth conversation with award-winning writer, producer and director, Alison Duke, and Santee Smith, Founding and Managing Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. These two changemakers are creating space — up front and behind the scenes — for women in media and the arts. 


MONDAY MARCH 29 -  Generation W: The next wave of female leaders. 

Harjas Kaur Grewal & Taylor Lindsay-Noel, moderated by Kelda Yuen.

Harjas Kaur Grewel, Taylor Lindsay-Noel (Illustration by Élana Camille)

Using your voice to forge your own path.

A new cohort of young women are working towards a more inclusive future and they're not afraid to shake up tradition along the way. Join us as we celebrate the latest generation of Millennial and Gen Z with Harjas Kaur Grewal, Founder of United Womxn, and Taylor Lindsay-Noel, Founder of Cup of Té. These leaders are making inroads in their careers and redefining what it means to be successful in 2021, and beyond.