[#MeToo] has us talking about a broad spectrum of behaviour… this piece is not about trauma, but rather lies on the everyday sexism end of the spectrum where women are still regarded in the professional sphere as objects or potential dates before professionals whose accomplishments and expertise are positive contributions to their field.
I saw people with HUGE networks, and toyed with the idea of becoming a L.I.O.N., but realized that reaching out to ask for a connection didn’t feel comfortable (especially with all that advice about how asking for a connection without a personalized message was spammy) and I didn’t actually have that many requests to accept. It also didn’t feel like “me” for some reason, though I wasn’t sure why.
There are challenges with being a woman in a male-dominated industry that still require some attention. Networking, for one.
Wisdom 2.0 is a conference that’s all about living with mindfulness and wisdom in the digital age, and it’s a rare breed of conference that feeds the mind, body and soul. It may seem counterintuitive to have a conference where business, technology and mindfulness meet, given the social critique of how much time we spend in front of screens, but a lot of tech leaders are aware of the blessing and curse of technology and are encouraging greater mindfulness. It can just as easily connect us around the globe as it can disconnect us from the life in front of us.
It started with an application. Women in Communications and Technology(WCT)—an organization that connects women to development opportunities and each other—was offering one member a free pass to the Banff World Media Festival, which covered the “Global Content Creation & Monetization Market." Can you guess who the lucky winner was?
With the opportunity to hear from the likes of the National Ballet of Canada, Shaw Festival, Hot Docs, Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, Canadian Stage, and the National Arts Centre, I was no less excited for this year’s Arts Reach conference than I was for my first visit last year.