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About Ashley Good

Ashley Good is the CEO and Founder of Fail Forward, which supports organizations to learn, innovate and build resilience. Before becoming a full-time failure Ashley worked in Cairo with the United Nations Environment Programme, as a management consultant in Vancouver, and as head of organizational learning for Engineers without Borders Canada.

Visit Fail Forward to read more about Ashley's work, and find them on Twitter and LinkedIn @FailForward.

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About Dr. Emily Moore

Professor Emily Moore was appointed Director of Troost ILead in October, 2018 after more than twenty years in industry. Emily started her career at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada scaling up new materials and processes from the lab to manufacturing. In her 11 years at Xerox, Emily learned a great deal about leading teams and developing new products, becoming a manager and Principal Engineer. Emily then spent 10 years at Hatch, a global engineering firm serving the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. Emily led international teams to develop new product and service offerings and to deliver major projects, first as the Director of Technology Development and then as Managing Director, Water. Emily was also the inaugural chair of Hatch’s Global Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Emily holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and completed a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2016 Emily was recognized as one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining and received the SCI Canada Kalev Pugi Award.

Episode 3 - Intercultural Leadership: Stories about Belonging and Understanding Others with David Boroto
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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 with Dr. Adam Goodman
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About Dr. 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.


Episode 1 - Leadership, Race, and the Power of Personal Story with Annahid Dashtgard
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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