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Lessons Learned to Increase Diversity

Ways of Working

Session Abstract:

According to the website pmtraining.com, women make up about a third of the project management population, and from those women, the number who occupy leadership positions is almost zero. The issue of lower gender diversity in project management is very similar to the issue of lower gender diversity in engineering. The speaker is an engineering and project management practitioner, and she is the founder of WES, Women in Engineering Summit. WES has hosted summits every year since 2018. After 5 years of hosting dozens of speakers and hundreds of attendees, they developed a list of solutions or lessons learned to increase gender diversity in male-dominated workplaces like engineering and project management.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Review the historical background of gender diversity in project management
  2. Assess the impact of increasing gender diversity on the economy and society
  3. Learn the top 3 lessons learned to increase gender diversity in your workplace

Interactive exercise:

Include a Q&A (Question and Answer) Session at the end of the presentation

 Speaker Biography:

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve is a professional engineer, university professor, EDI champion, and brand-new Fellow of Engineers Canada. Before switching to academia, she worked at Enbridge managing petroleum pipeline projects for over 15 years, eventually becoming Supervisor. The largest pipeline project she ever led had 100 people for a $120M petroleum tank farm complete with steel tanks, pumps, valves, meters, electrical infrastructure, and associated facilities. 

Today, Claudia works in 5 different universities teaching engineering, leadership, and project management in English and Spanish.

In April 2019, she shared the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Summit Award, as a Champion for Women in Engineering and Geoscience, with the CCWESTT (Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology) 2018 Steering Committee. Since 2017 she has been an elected member of the APEGA Council, being re-elected by the memberships twice.

She is also the Founder, Principal, and two-time Chair of WES, Women in Engineering Summit Ltd, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the 30 by 30 Initiative by Engineers Canada by sharing practical solutions to keeping women happy in engineering and geoscience jobs for life.

Claudia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband and their 3 children.


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Type of category: Webinar - Saturday Seminars

Type of activity: Ways of Working

Date: 15 April 2023

Hour: 10:00 to 11:30

Language: English

# of PDUs: 1