I think it’s now safe to say that spring is here, maybe even summer. Time for the next gathering of women in the Saskatoon science and technology community. On June 18, we will be holding a potluck dinner at Point2 (3301 8th Street E) in their recreation room in the lower level.
Our speaker is Janice Tranberg, Vice President of Western Canada at CropLife Canada. She’ll speak about this:
Science education teaches us to ask questions. Do we bring this knowledge into our everyday lives? In today’s world of Facebook, Twitter, Google, The Doctors, The Star-Phoenix – are we asking ourselves the tough questions? Where do these people get their information? Are they credible? And still further, are we teaching our families and friends to ask these important questions?
After working in a field fraught with contention – agriculture biotechnology – I have learned to question everything I hear and read. As a woman in science, I believe it is critical to use the 5 steps of the scientific method to make decisions in our daily lives.
Plan to arrive by 6:00 to set up your potluck dish and mingle. We’ll start eating around 6:20, and Janice’s talk will start no later than 7:00. We should be wrapped up around 8:00-8:15.
If you didn’t receive the registration form via email, you can sign up here. We are limited to 40 attendees, and each person must sign up separately.
Men and nursing children are welcome. Men must be invited as a guest of one of the attendees, and must also register at the link above.
Hope to see you there for good food and fascinating discussion.
- 6:00 PM – Arrive, connect, introductions
- 6:30 PM – Colleen Hardie, a developer at VendAsta, will briefly introduce her later talk.
- 6:45 PM – Dinner
- 7:30 to 8:15 PM – Colleen’s talk: I Could Never Do What You Do: Well-educated Ladies’ Perceptions of Computer Science. “One of the most common comments I get when I tell my girlfriends about what I do for a living is ‘I could never do what you do’. These are smart, successful, well-educated women. My equally smart, successful, and well-educated male friends, on the other hand, tend to ask me a lot of questions and engage me in conversations about my career. I’ll be investigating this further and discussing some of the potential reasons behind and implications of this observation.”
YWCA of Saskatoon’s Women of Distinction Awards have extended the deadline for nominations for the Women of Distinction Awards to Friday, March 8th, 2013.
A volunteer member of the organization contacted me to reach out to my network to garner interest and nominations for the Science, Technology & Research category.
“The Women of Distinction Awards recognize women in our community who have made contributions through their careers and/or volunteer work, women who are leaders and mentors, often in quiet ways, but who are paving the way for young women and girls to pursue their passions and fulfill their potential. “
So, go nominate someone today!
Please join us at 5:30pm Mar 5, 2013 for an evening of technology and science mingling with fine food at the amazing Boffins Club at Innovation Place.
Innovation Place is providing the venue and a sponsored dinner. Attendees need only to bring $15 for their meal and cash for drinks.
Can guys come? Girl Geek Dinners are not exclusively female! Guys are welcome at a 1:1 ratio with a female guest so feel free to bring your spouse or work buddy.
I’m a student, can you sponsor me? There are a few sponsored spots for students. Please indicate if you are a student on your RSVP and we will contact you about sponsorship.
What are we going to talk about? Saskatoon’s dinners generally follow this format:
- 10 minutes: Arrive and connect
- 10-20 minutes: Introductions (Who are you? What do you do? What skills are you developing? What do you hope to achieve through attending these events?)
- 30 minutes: Dinner
- 10-30 minutes: Screening: Cheryl Sandberg “Why we have too few women leaders” & Discussion
- 10-30 minutes: Brainstorming: Growing mentorship in your industry
Can I present? Presentations are open to all attendees, but we do like to have at least one person lined up to speak before hand.
If you have any questions or are interested in speaking please contact me at melanie dot cey at gmail dot com or drop a comment on this page.
Come to Point2 at 6pm on Sept 18, 2012 for PotLuck, networking and a talk by Kari Halsted about software internationalization. Join the google plus event to sign up. If you don’t have a google account, feel free to post on our facebook group instead or leave a comment here.