Join us for this free IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Awareness) webinar
Title: Building a Support Network from the Ground UpREGISTER HERESpeakers: Vanessa Raquel Raponi
In the last webinar from the IDEA committee, we shared stories and personal experiences from the workplace and how an inclusive and welcoming technical environment can be developed for the benefit of all-from the bottom line to your under-represented employees. As we all know, change is gradual. And changing an organization's culture is not going to happen overnight. So what can you do in the meantime? In this webinar, we'll go over how to create a support network and develop resources to keep employees engaged. We'll hear from someone who has done just that on the national level.
Vanessa Raquel Raponi is the Founder of EngiQueers Canada – a national non-profit that advocates for intersectional queer inclusion in the engineering profession. EQ has brought Vanessa from coast-to-coast to present in panels, sessions and talks as an expert in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. She now has taken that energy online, by launching a vlog on life, stories and advice from the perspective of a queer woman of color. Vanessa works as a product development Engineer-In-Training at Spin Master-a Canadian founded, international toy company that created such brands as Paw Patrol and Hatchimals (meaning, she designs and creates toys for a living!). Vanessa is living proof that against all odds-as a queer woman of color, and a survivor overcoming mental illness-anyone can thrive in STEM. Vanessa graduated from materials engineering and management (B.Eng.Mgt.) from McMaster University in 2018.