Event Calendar & Registration

If you are a member of the University of Toronto Engineering community (student, staff or faculty) and would like to have your leadership-related event posted here, please contact info.ilead@utoronto.ca with details. Thank you.

Feb
26
Mon
The OPTIONS Program and ILead:Grad Presents – The Living Library: A different kind of networking experience! @ SF2202
Feb 26 @ 6:10 pm – 8:30 pm

The OPTIONS Program

OPTIONS = Opportunities for PhDs: Transitions, Industry Options, Networking, and Skills

The OPTIONS Program is an initiative by the Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies and the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) to support PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who wish to explore career options.

Learn more here: http://uoft.me/theoptionsprogram

Are you unsure about the career options that exist for PhDs? Join us at The Living Library: A different kind of networking experience! In this interactive library, you are the “reader” and PhD alumni working in a variety of industries (biotechnology, education, government, etc…) are the “books”.  In small groups, you will have a 15 minute conversation with a PhD alumni about their career, the path they’ve taken, and choices they’ve made to get to their current job. You will then move onto the next “book”, giving you the unique opportunity to hear multiple perspectives.

This event is brought to you by The OPTIONS Program, and ILead:Grad, a graduate student-run leadership development group.

Mar
1
Thu
The Game Session @ GB202
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mar
5
Mon
ILead Pop-up – DONUT be afraid to give a compliment @ The Pit, Sandford Fleming Building
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join ILead in The Pit for a special pop-up on Monday Mar 5 from 12 – 2 pm!

Interactive art piece? Check! Free food? Check! What is the food you ask? Well we DONUT want to give it away, so come and find out yourself!

Mar
6
Tue
Leadership Labs: Personal Courage @ GB202
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Having courage helps us to reach for the things that we really want in life, but how do we build courage? Join us as we push our comfort zones and explore what it means to cultivate courage, how we identify opportunities to build it, and what it can do for our lives. Warning: be prepared for surprises!

Attend 4 Leadership Labs and receive recognition on your Co-Curricular Record!

No registration is required.

Learn more about Leadership Labs here!

Mar
7
Wed
Engineering Leadership Research Seminar – Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering @ GB202
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Can the culture of engineering reproduce inequality? The professional cultures, which give each discipline its particular “feel” and unite discipline members under a taken-for-granted system of meanings and values, are not benign. Erin Cech will explain how these professional cultures can have built within them disadvantages for women and other under-represented groups in STEM.  Specifically, she discusses the role of  three particular cultural ideologies—schemas of scientific excellence, depoliticization, and the meritocratic ideology—in producing disadvantage. Dr. Cech will end by explaining why decisions (e.g. admissions, hiring, tenure) that partially rely on assessments of individuals’ “fit” with professional cultures are particularly important to critically examine for their potential to contribute to inequality.

Erin Cech

Dr. Erin Cech is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Michigan in 2016, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and was on faculty at Rice University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 from the University of California, San Diego and undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Sociology from Montana State University. Cech’s research examines cultural mechanisms of inequality reproduction—specifically, how inequality is reproduced through processes that are not overtly discriminatory or coercive, but rather those that are built into seemingly innocuous cultural beliefs and practices. Her work on inequality in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions focuses on the recruitment and retention of women, LGBTQ, and racial/ethnic minority persons in STEM degree programs and STEM jobs. She is a member of the editorial board of the American Sociological Review and her research has been cited in The New York Times, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, and the news sections of Science and Nature.

REGISTRATION: Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering | Erin Cech

Please kindly RSVP below.

Mark your calendars for our other seminars:

Date/TimeLocationSpeaker(s)Institutional AffiliationSeminar Title
October 18, 2017
11am-12pm
WB215Gregg Warnick & Alan ParkinsonCollege of Engineering and Technology, Brigham Young UniversityTaking the Road Less Traveled: Institutionalizing Leadership Development at a Large College of Engineering and Technology
November 16, 2017
4-5pm
WB215Gerard SeijtsIvey Business School, Western UniversityWhat is Leader Character and How Does It Influence How We Lead?
January 11, 2018
4-5pm
WB215Mary CrossanIvey Business School, Western UniversityElevating & Activating Leader Character Alongside Competence
February 7, 2018
11am-12pm
WB215Bill SchellCollege of Engineering, Montana State UniversityUnderstanding Leadership Identity and Leadership Development Experiences of Engineering Students
March 7, 2018
11am-12pm
GB202Erin A. CechDepartment of Sociology, University of MichiganProfessional Culture and Inequality in Engineering
March 28, 2018
11am-12pm
WB215Alison OlechowskiMIE & ILead, University of TorontoLeadership and Decision-making in Complex Engineering Design Projects

 

Mar
13
Tue
Leadership Labs: Story Telling @ GB202
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We make sense of our world through stories, whether we’re meeting new people or telling our story in a job interview. Figure out how structure and emotion can build a compelling message and how your words can leave a lasting impact that will get you the job or build new relationships.

Attend 4 Leadership Labs and receive recognition on your Co-Curricular Record!

No registration is required.

Learn more about Leadership Labs here!

Mar
15
Thu
The Game – Project Showcase @ GB202
Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Game is a 6-month co-curricular experience where students from across the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto are tasked with trying to improve a complex, ambiguous, real-world situation. Supported by mentors with expertise in social change and systems thinking, students are challenged to think about their opportunities to make an impact and their role as societal leaders. Come and watch our student teams in a showcase of projects and personal learning on topics ranging from bike theft to recovery after childhood cancer.

6:00 p.m. – Sign-in and Networking
6:15 p.m. – Opening Remarks
6:30 p.m. – Project Showcase Presentations
8:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks

If you are not a student (i.e. U of T Faculty/staff member, external to U of T), register below. If you are a U of T student, scroll down to view the registration form.

2017-2018 The Game - Project Showcase (External)

If you are a U of T student, register below.

2017-2018 The Game - Project Showcase (Student)

  • (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, PEY, Graduate)
Mar
20
Tue
Leadership Labs: Public Speaking @ GB202
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Are you wanting to build your confidence as a public speaker? Do presentations get your heart pounding? Join us for a fun and interactive session on how to dramatically improve your public speaking skills with the chance for a lot of practice.

Attend 4 Leadership Labs and receive recognition on your Co-Curricular Record!

No registration is required.

Learn more about Leadership Labs here!

Mar
26
Mon
Strategies to address common PEY challenges: Seeing and taking initiative @ GB202
Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This workshop is a collaboration between ILead and the Engineering Career Centre. It is offered in addition to the mandatory PEY Transition to Workplace workshops.

You’ve rocked your resume, aced the interview, and now you’ve got your PEY; but how do you successfully transition from a student to a working professional? Come to this session to learn strategies for addressing common PEY challenges. You will also meet alumni of the PEY program who will share their advice and insights. Be prepared to get the most value out of your PEY while also contributing in the most meaningful way to your employer.

* This session is for third year students going on PEY in 2018 – 2019.

Register here!

Mar
28
Wed
Engineering Leadership Research Seminar – Leadership and Decision-making in Complex Engineering Design @ WB215
Mar 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mark your calendars for our other seminars:

Date/TimeLocationSpeaker(s)Institutional AffiliationSeminar Title
October 18, 2017
11am-12pm
WB215Gregg Warnick & Alan ParkinsonCollege of Engineering and Technology, Brigham Young UniversityTaking the Road Less Traveled: Institutionalizing Leadership Development at a Large College of Engineering and Technology
November 16, 2017
4-5pm
WB215Gerard SeijtsIvey Business School, Western UniversityWhat is Leader Character and How Does It Influence How We Lead?
January 11, 2018
4-5pm
WB215Mary CrossanIvey Business School, Western UniversityElevating & Activating Leader Character Alongside Competence
February 7, 2018
11am-12pm
WB215Bill SchellCollege of Engineering, Montana State UniversityUnderstanding Leadership Identity and Leadership Development Experiences of Engineering Students
March 7, 2018
11am-12pm
GB202Erin A. CechDepartment of Sociology, University of MichiganProfessional Culture and Inequality in Engineering
March 28, 2018
11am-12pm
WB215Alison OlechowskiMIE & ILead, University of TorontoLeadership and Decision-making in Complex Engineering Design Projects