Beyond Borders students meet with business and community leaders at Women in Leadership event
November 5, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – Upper Grand DSB secondary students spent Tuesday learning about women working in leadership positions and issues facing women in the working world, while networking with leaders in the community.
On November 5, UGDSB’s Beyond Borders program and the Business Centre of Guelph-Wellington partnered to host the annual Women in Leadership Day at the experiential learning program’s new home at Tytler Public School.
Throughout the day, students participated in workshops, heard from guest speakers and worked on projects to showcase their learning. A portion of the day also included meeting with women working in a variety of leadership roles within the community. The business and community leaders invited to participate came from a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, health and wellness, and education.
Students gave thoughtful speeches on topics such as the gender gap in the business world, the “pink tax” which forces women to pay more for products and services compared to men, inequality in the developing world, and women and girls’ access to education. The speeches were passionate, well-researched, grounded in data and facts and offered solutions to see real change.
Following the speeches, the guests enjoyed refreshments prepared by each of the BB program’s four houses and broke off into networking sessions where students asked the leaders questions about their experiences in small group settings.
Beyond Borders is an off-site business-learning program that focuses on leadership development, business, math, global development and sustainability, with an emphasis on team-building, skill development, and experiential learning.
To learn more about the program, visit the Beyond Borders website.