wisestWISEST announced that their 2016 keynote speaker is Dr. Anne Condon, a Professor of Computing Science at the University of British Columbia, where she has served as Department Head and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science. Dr. Condon’s research in computational complexity theory and algorithms currently focuses on DNA programming – the art and science of writing programs that are realized and executed by DNA. She is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has held the NSERC/General Motors Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, and received the Computing Research Association’s Habermann Award for her work on increasing the numbers and successes of women in computing research.




Dr. Condon will deliver an engaging one hour talk to share her experiences on research and being a STEM professional, providing perspective and insight to staff, students, alumni, and supporters regarding diversity issues.

The Lecture will be followed by a one hour networking reception.

2016 Symposium:

This year, WISEST will be offering 2 professional development workshops in the afternoon, prior to the lecture. Each workshop will be run twice, allowing for more flexibility to attend both Workshop 1 and Workshop 2. Space will be limited for the workshops, so please register by November 25, 2016.

Workshop 1. Savvy Networking with Ease: Connecting Through Conversation.
Style for Success logoJoin Style for Success in a 1.5 hour session to develop skills in effective networking. Increase your sphere of influence and connect with ease in social business situations. Gain confidence and feel more comfortable networking by learning to have meaningful conversations and make memorable connections. Workshop will include plenty of scenario demonstrations and skills practice sessions.

Workshop 2. Digital Marketing and Networking
Strong Coffee Marketing logoJoin Strong Coffee Marketing in a 1.5 hour session to learn about developing and monitoring your personal brand online. Explore how social media can be used to build your reputation through the sharing of knowledge and expertise using social media and electronic tools, managing content on these types of tools and being an effective communicator online.

History of the WISEST Annual Lecture & Symposium:

The WISEST Annual Lecture was developed in honor of our Founding Chair, Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, who now serves as Associate Dean (Diversity) for the Faculty of Science. This event is an opportunity for WISEST to profile women who are leaders, or emerging leaders, in science, engineering and technology and to inspire other women with their success stories.

The WISEST Symposium is an afternoon of workshops designed to bring women from science, engineering, technology and trades (SETT) together to discuss best practices for the advancement of women within these fields. The vision of the Symposium is to help women create new connections, to strengthen the SETT networks between various women’s groups within Northern Alberta, and to give women more professional development opportunities that will help them overcome some of the gender barriers that they might encounter in their careers.

For more information and to register go to: http://www.wisest.ualberta.ca