Month: March 2016

Leveraging your Diversity for Career Advancement

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Diversity refers to all the ways we differ – whether that is our gender, age, experience, education, perspectives or family situation.  Diversity mainly bring some challenges or barriers at workplace but it may also bring creativity, opportunity and possibilities to careers and organizations.

On this upcoming April 7, Geowomen will host a noon  interactive session which will be led by Anne-Marie Pham, Diversity and Inclusion Expert. She will discuss barriers women faced in the workplace, what each person can do to leverage their diversity, increase their confidence, and network more effectively for change. We will engage you to think of how you can navigate your professional journey through the eyes of a female professional who made a bold career move by fully utilizing her diversity, passion and skill sets for positive change.  Come and join us in this free session to gain this important knowledge and skills to improve and develop your career advancement. Details of the  even as follows:

WHEN :  Thursday, April 7 2016

WHERE : The University of Alberta Calgary Centre #120, 333 5 avenue SW
AGENDA:   11:30 Networking
                      12:00 Presentation by Anne-Marie Pham

As previous Geowomen event this is a free event – No registration required. Women and men are invited to attend. Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions.

Biography: Anne-Marie Pham

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Anne-Marie Pham has worked with Calgary’s diverse communities for over 20 years. She has a deep understanding of issues and opportunities related to diversity, and endeavours to integrate diversity and inclusion principles in her daily practice. Anne-Marie was born in Vietnam and lived in France for 12 years before making Canada her permanent home. She has a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) and a BA in Sociology. She is currently the manager of Diversity and Employment Equity at Spectra Energy. From 2012 to August 2014, she led the City of Calgary’s corporate framework and 3-year action plan for ‘Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace’. Prior to her career in diversity, Anne-Marie co-founded a high-tech company called Techneos Systems, with a focus on developing global survey data collection technology for multiple mobile platforms.

Anne-Marie is currently a member of the KNOVO advisory committee and chair of KNOVO’s Corporate Recognition Committee. KNOVO, a major program initiative of the Calgary Council for Advanced Technology (CCAT), is funded by the Status of Women Canada to broaden the advancement of women’s participation in the digital business knowledge economy for better corporate decision-making outcomes.

Anne-Marie is a wife and mother of two, as well as an avid community engagement volunteer, supporting civic participation and community leadership development of immigrants, women and youth. In 2013, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award for her community service. Check her profile at Linkedin.


Workplace Culture/Diversity at GeoConvention 2016 – March 9

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GeoConvention 2016 will be held in March 7-9 at the TELUS Convention Centre in the heart of downtown Calgary.  This year the organizer chose a theme; Optimizing Resources, will be attended by over 4,000+ participants. It is a great opportunity to put your brand front and centre that is not one to be missed.

This event will showcase the necessary sharpening of tools, techniques and images required to find and produce oil and gas efficiently. Against a backdrop of changing macro and micro conditions, the industry must adapt by focusing attention on the most significant facets of an operation, refining evolving workflows, and sustaining effective practices.

Importantly, this year at the GeoConvention 2016, there will be a Workplace Culture/Diversity session.  This session will take place the morning of March 9th in the in the Glen Room 205 of Telus Convention Centre.

This is a new session for the conference. Though at first glance it may seem like this session is meant for HR departments, this is not the case. Workplace Culture/Diversity encompasses a whole organization. Many of this years presenters are professionals who believe in the work their organizations are doing towards workplace culture/diversity or they are scientists/engineers who study workplace culture/diversity. We encourage all to attend this session.

The conference committee would like to open the session up to the wider audience. If you know of individuals or organizations that would benefit form the session, the committee is offering a $50 registration for March 9th.  Here is a code for registration WCD2016 . The committee welcomes these attendees to check out the rest of the conference that day as well. They hope to continue the interest in this type of session for years to come and wish to broaden the diversity of the conference attendees.

Please spread the work on this session. We hope to fill the room with professionals who are interested in understanding more about how Workplace Culture/Diversity effects the greater work environment.