Equality is a business issue. It is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious, and it starts with us.
It starts with a conversation.
Together, we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.
Each one of us can help create a gender equal world. One voice at a time.
This IWD 2020 join Women in Communications and Technology London Chapter on March 5, 2020 from 5:30-7:30pm at the London Club as we explore how our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.
Honourable Karen Vecchio, our local Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London and Shadow Minister for Women and Gender Equality, will be our featured speaker for the evening, accompanied by Rhonda Choja, EVP Operations, Libro Credit Union and Deb Crowe, Executive Coach. These women will be sharing their powerful stories, learnings and insights on building a gender equal world.
Karen Vecchio was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 for a second term.
Karen currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Women and Gender Equality. She participates regularly in the All-Party Agricultural Caucus, the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus, the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Caucus, and the Conservative Multiculturalism Caucus.
In her capacity as Member of Parliament, Karen has served as the Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development (2015-2019), Member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (2016-2019), Chair of the Conservative Social Development Caucus (2016-2019) and the Conservative Caucus Liaison to the LGBTQ2+ community.
Karen was raised on a turkey and hog farm in Sparta, Ontario and remains connected to her rural roots in Southern Ontario. Prior to entering politics, she owned and operated a small business in London, Ontario and worked alongside MP Joe Preston as his Executive Assistant for 11 years.
Karen is married to Mike and they have 5 children.
Rhonda Choja is the Executive Vice President of Operations for Libro Credit Union. As one of Ontario's largest Credit Unions and a Certified B Corporation, Libro is committed to growing prosperity in Southwestern Ontario.
Rhonda and her team are responsible for Libro's back office administration, continuous improvement culture, day-to-day product support and operational excellence strategy. The team focuses on flow of value to Owners by uncovering activities that drive positive and sustainable outcomes for Libro.
With almost 30 years of diverse experience in the financial industry, Rhonda is a proficient generalist with a track record of introducing positive change through collaboration, developing best practices and building new business capabilities. Rhonda holds a Masters of Business Administration and is committed to lifelong learning, having completed multiple Ivey Academy executive education programs. She's currently a member of the board of directors for the London Chamber of Commerce and London Health Science Centre (LHSC).
Rhonda and her husband Chris, a London Professional Firefighter, call Ilderton home and enjoy travelling and living a busy family life with their two children.
Deb's education and career has been in Disability Case Management, where she specialized in Neurotrauma from 1990 - 2013. After 23 years as an entrepreneur in the medical legal sector, Deb transitioned to become a Certified Og Mandino Habit Finder Coach. Deb coaches mid to upper management and C-suite executives to disrupt their habits of thinking using a science-based assessment that is based on metacognition.
Deb is also the Founder of the Women's Self-Care Conference which launched in Ontario in 2018 in Toronto and in 2019 Deb took her conference across Canada to empower all women that self-care is not selfish.
Deb lives her life by her own unique design. Deb frequently does professional speaking on self-care across Canada and the US. Deb has co-authored 4 books, her and she is working on a 5th book on Self-Care.
Established in 1991, Canadian Women in Communications and Technology's (WCT) mission is a national organization dedicated to the advancement of women through a coast to coast network of professional women, men and companies in communications and technology.
Headquartered in Ottawa, WCT empowers women in broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, digital media and technology to achieve professional success, to aim higher and to be recognized for their achievements.
Through partnerships with organizations such as Information Communications Technology Council, Information Technology Alliance of Canada and Wired Women, WCT has increased its efforts to strengthen the leadership role of women driving innovation and smart growth in Canada.
Our vision is to be the leading organization that inspires and advances women as leaders and contributors to Canada's digital economy.
We will achieve our vision through leadership and skills development, mentorship, recognition and by building and promoting a national community for women in communications and technology.
To be the catalyst for advancing women's leadership in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors
To facilitate women's career advancement through mentorship, skills and leadership training, networking, and recognition
To help companies access female talent
1500 members across Canada from all sectors of the communications and technology sectors. Ten Chapters coast to coast: British Columbia, Edmonton, Calgary, Manitoba, Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec, New Brunswick.