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Where we discuss leadership development and its impact on engineering students, graduates, and professionals.
Leadership 101 Video Series
Start your leadership journey by learning about foundational concepts through this fun video series.
Clubs & Club Leaders
Handbook for Student Leaders
This Handbook was written for leaders of student organizations. It integrates real life experiences of club executives at U of T Engineering and combines management techniques with leadership research to provide practical tips.
ILead offers drop-in office hours and support for students in all U of T Engineering courses. Book an appointment with one of our Teamwork Support Instructors today!
Career Talks Video Series
Watch this series for career advice from ILead alumni across a wide range of industries.
Episode 3: Intercultural Leadership - Stories about Belonging and Understanding Others
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About David Boroto
David is an EngSci Infrastructure 1T8 +PEY grad. Born in South Africa to Congolese parents, David describes himself as a third culture kid Canadian defined by his global outlook. He is a self-proclaimed infrastructure nerd, and his passions lie at the intersection of infrastructure and global development.
At SKULE, David was involved in many clubs, but he spent most of his time with Engineers Without Borders and Engineers in Action, or Bridges 2 Prosperity, as it was known then. In the summer after his second year, he travelled to the remote community of Patzula in Guatemala to build a pedestrian footbridge with the UofT B2P team. The following year he travelled to Nairobi, Kenya through an EWB fellowship to work with affordable housing startup Kwangu Kwako for the first four months of his PEY. Following that, he finished up his PEY based in Toronto working at IBI Group in their transportation and road user safety group. Since graduating, David lived in Uganda for close to year working as a data analyst for mobile tech social enterprise Viamo, again through an EWB fellowship, until COVID brought him back home to Canada. He now works for the United Nations Office for Project Services as an infrastructure intern, usually based out of their head office in Copenhagen. He is also still involved with EWB, serving as a director on their board.
Episode 2: Coaching and Failure Stories - Reflection in Action
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For context on the conversation, some data about the engineering populations at the University of Toronto and Northwestern University should be kept in mind. There are roughly twice as many engineering students at U of T than at Northwestern, and although overall, they have comparable percentages of international students and women enrolled, at the undergraduate level, U of T has roughly twice the percentage of international students and three times the percentage of underrepresented ethno-cultural identities. We recognize that people experience failures and crucibles differently based on their backgrounds and the difference in makeup in these populations may affect how different students respond to, and take up these practices around failure. Consider how your own experiences shape how you see failure as we jump in. Let’s have a listen.
About Adam Goodman
Adam Goodman directs Northwestern University's Center for Leadership and is a Clinical Professor in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. He works with senior leaders in industry as well as with faculty and students on leadership and teamwork, focusing on learning in real world contexts.
Current research work focuses on assessing learning gains for leadership, teamwork and coaching using an enterprise-wide web-based Leadership Portal. Past work includes a national survey of public sector leaders, the design of a national model leadership program, work with over 30 leadership programs from across the USA, and 6 Leadership Questions® (an assessment and learning tool).
In addition, Goodman has held numerous roles in leadership studies, including founding co-chair of the scholars’ section of the International Leadership Association and distinguished visiting professor at Johnson & Wales University. His work has been recognized and supported by organizations that include the Adolph Coors Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation, and IBM Corp.
An active consultant today and for over 25 years, he has advised over 150 CEOs, senior officers, executive teams and boards of directors and given hundreds of invited speeches and workshops around the world. Formerly, he chaired the board of directors for the Drupal Association, an open-source global software community.
About Annahid Dashtgard
On episode one, Annie Simpson, Associate Director of Troost ILead at the University of Toronto, is in conversation with the co-founder of Anima Leadership, Annahid Dashtgard about leadership, race, and the power of personal story and the important impact that this has for engineering students and professionals looking to create systems change.
Annahid has over 25 years experience designing systemic change initiatives and coordinating programs at local, national and international levels, in government, education, non-profit and healthcare sectors. In her career, she has moved from organizing national political campaigns targeting broad scale change to studying the psychology of individual behaviour. Her systems approach draws on both ends of this change spectrum to best leverage personal learning for collective growth. A dynamic speaker, published writer and intuitive facilitator, Annahid is able to serve the highest potential of any client she has the privilege of working with. Her memoir Breaking the Ocean: Race, Rebellion and Reconciliation launched August 2019 to early rave reviews. A few of her favourite things include: swimming in summer lakes, reading anything she can get her hands on, crafting cocktails and as many hugs as she can wrangle from her two little ones.
Breaking the Ocean: Race, Rebellion and Reconciliation can be ordered anywhere books are sold. To order through the publisher, House of Anansi, go here.
“This is a beautifully written, sensitive memoir fraught with painful memories but also touched by hope, an illuminating meditation on finding your own voice and identity in a new land.” – Booklist Review