Celebrating Local Changemakers - International Women’s Day

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge.  With that as inspiration, join Carolyn Patton, Jacquelyn Cardinal and Funke Olokude with Cheryll Watson for a conversation about challenging the status quo and driving transformational change.

These women will share their experiences driving and leading change in our city.  What they’ve learned – the hard way, through others and through their successes.  They will talk about what it means to be a change leader vs. a change agent.  They will discuss and answer questions about how they approach change, navigate and adjust to resistance.  Join them for an authentic and informal conversation in which they share their experiential learnings.

Participant Bios:

Jacquelyn Cardinal is a saāwithiniwak entrepreneur, technologist, and storyteller living and working on Treaty 6 territory. In her roles as Managing Director of Naheyawin, Chief Brand Officer at Social Awareness Group, and Advisor to Spirit Foundation, she works to develop Indigenous-based technology solutions for improving the wellbeing of all treaty people. Jacquelyn was awarded an  Esquao Award for Achievement in Business and a SHEInnovates Award from the UN Women's Global Innovation Coalition for Change.

Funke Olokude is an Intercultural relationship facilitator and educator working to highlight the complex intersecting realities of vulnerable and marginalized individuals and families. In 2020, Funke was named Top 40 under 40 for her continued work in influencing policy and practice across various sectors in Alberta. She currently serves on the board of the Edmonton Logos Society and the convener of a Community Leadership Circle.

Carolyn Patton is a Creative Strategist with over 25 years’ experience in advertising. Carolyn developed the internal creative agency for ATB Financial, was the Creative Director with Intuit Global Business Division for Canada & UK, Creative Lead at Calder Bateman Communications, and taught at the University of Alberta. Carolyn developed a number of significant initiatives including joint projects between the Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, and the Canadian Armed Forces.  She serves as Alberta Chair, Canadian Forces Liaison Council and Vice Chair for the Vimy Foundation of Canada. On a day to day basis Carolyn delivers with her company, Patton Communications.

In support of the Cheryll Watson for Mayor campaign we will be accepting donations in advance and during the event.

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March 10, 2021 at 6:30pm - 8pm