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Soup & Substance

Soup and Substance is a series of noon-hour, moderated panel discussions. Ryerson community members are invited to join us for a warm bowl of soup over open conversation on a range of diversity-related topics. 

Women in Leadership Series

The Women in Leadership Series was a three-part series that took place through the winter 2020 semester. These events were panel discussions featuring women in power at Ryerson who are demonstrating a commitment to the principles of social justice, allyship and innovation.

Women in executive leadership at Ryerson

On January 31, 2020, Dr. Denise O’Neil Green led a discussion with four women in senior executive positions on what leading means to them. 

In 2018, women made up more than half of all staff at Ryerson University, exceeding the total representation of women within the GTA. While these stats reveal how the needle is moving on gender equity in the workplace, we know that women still experience the "double-bind" of gendered expectations of leadership.

  • Deborah Brown | Vice-President, Administration and Operations
  • Joanne McKee | Chief Financial Officer
  • Julia Shin-Doi | General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors and University Privacy Officer
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Leading change for social justice

On February 7, 2020, Dr. Denise O’Neil Green led a discussion with four women at Ryerson University who are enacting social justice values through their everyday leadership.

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Handling the Glass Cliff - Women and leadership during uncertain times

On April 28, 2020, Dr. Denise O’Neil Green led a discussion with four women in leadership roles at Ryerson on the phenomenon of the glass cliff and leading in a pandemic. 

Panellists discussed strategies and tools they are employing to lead during the COVID-19 pandemic and share insights into the pressures they face as women when the stakes are high. They also discussed the glass cliff, a phenomenon in which women are more likely to be appointed to precarious leadership roles in times of crisis or economic downturn whereas their male counterparts are appointed to stable and high-performing organizations.

  • Dr. Denise O'Neil Green | Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
  • Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire | Elder (Ke Shay Hayo) and Senior Advisor Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
  • Dr. Linda Maxwell | Executive Director and Founder, Biomedical Zone
  • Jenny O’Donnell | Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Dr. Donna E. Young | Dean, Faculty of Law
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Past Soup and Substance events

The first Soup and Substance at Ryerson took place in 2013! Explore past events on our Ryecast channel.