Career Development “Building Bridges into STEAM”

Thu, October 6, 2022 - Fri, October 7, 2022 (7:00 pm - 3:30 am)EST

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Career Development “Building Bridges into STEAM”

Thu, October 6, 2022 - Fri, October 7, 2022 (7:00 pm - 3:30 am)EST


“Building Bridges into STEAM”, presented by WIL Victoria Chapter

Career Development Webinar “Building Bridges into STEAM”, presented by WIL Victoria Chapter.

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Time 4pm-5:30pm PDT // 5pm-6:30pm MDT //7pm-8:30pm EDT

Victoria chapter is facilitating a Career Development Webinar hosted by Women In Leadership (WIL) in collaboration with iWIST (Island Women in Science and Technology). The panel will be comprised of 4 panelist who will share their journey into STEAM and provide guidance on how women can advance and/or pivot in their career by getting micro-credentials, upskilling, reskilling etc… as a way to build a bridge into STEAM regardless of what their background and current skill set is as well as support Industry on the employer level.

Speaker Bios

Patrice Key-Rhone, Global Director – IBM Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility leader tackling issues plaguing corporations and communities. As a consummate leader in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Compliance industry, Patrice has held several leadership roles within Fortune 11 conglomerate, AT&T and now at IBM. She builds stellar programs, enterprise-wide, with oversight of $20M in corporate giving campaigns, volunteerism, and employee reskilling as well as serving as a trusted advisor to nonprofits, community leaders and CSR professionals, globally.

Claire Skillen, Board Chair, Island Women in Science and Technology and President, Ceascape Solutions Inc.

Claire is a versatile and innovative professional currently supporting the health sector as a Senior IT Change Lead. She has over 15 years of experience as a strategic leader, change lead, business analyst, process analyst, and award-winning project manager. Recognized for her well-honed leadership ability, Claire has a strategic approach to projects and a history of building cross-functional teams. Claire is a paddlesports and life coach as well as Locelle mentor with a passion for helping others reach the best version of themselves, and supporting all women in their journeys within the STEM fields! You can find Claire out on the trails on or in the water capturing photos where the moment calls.

Chris Yue , Cofounder/CEO, Renzoku 

Chris (he/him) is the cofounder/CEO for Renzoku – a new tech school in Victoria that aims to lower barriers of entry into STEAM fields through apprenticeship style learning in web development and the business of technology. Coming from the Japanese word for repetition and continuity, Renzoku is pleased to be able to partner with several companies and organizations to help our apprentices move seamlessly from learning to doing and vice versa. Prior to Renzoku, Chris’s passion to be helpful pushed him to start a social recreation business, a project management consulting company and spend a lot of his career in various non-profit capacities. Most recently, you’ll find Chris being most helpful by sharing his golf balls in miscellaneous places around the course. 

Daniela Damian, Professor of Software Engineering, University of Victoria

I like to think of myself as an enabler of opportunities and experiences of those around me (and myself!).

As a researcher and teacher, I support my students to develop as independent, critical thinkers of timely issues in the software research and practice. As a mother, I enable my kids to grow an open,emphatic mind in the world around them. Whether we travel around the world, or swim in BC’s beautiful lakes, I often place them in (challenging) situations that takes them oustide their comfort zone but makes them a bit more resilient in life.

I thus allow myself to embrace a multifaceted life, busy but fullfilling. My active family has been, in fact, the best balance to my busy work life. Happy to share from my experience, and how I continue to enjoy a long term relationship with my family amidst a crazy life.


Founded in 2001, Women In Leadership Foundation (WIL) delivers inspirational programs that bring women together to collaborate in the development of their leadership skills & creates positive change in the future of women’s leadership.

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Participation is FREE but attendance is limited. Register today.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

7:00 am - 8:30 am  EST

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