Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL)
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. Over 50,000+ women participants in WIL programs that showcase role models and help more women become leaders including a Women in Tech Forum Committee.
WIL and its programs are only possible due to dedicated volunteers that sit on the local Chapter Executive, Committees and other support roles. WIL offers challenging volunteer leadership opportunities that helps expand women’s networks and leadership development across Canada.
WIL features mentorship opportunities, events, and a comprehensive job board Leading Talent, the WIL Career Portal. WIL recently launched a new mentorship program – 2021 Women in Leadership Virtual Mentorship Program.
WIL’s VISION: Advancing women in leadership while celebrating the contributions women make in the private and public sector.
Champion Perspective • Events • Job Postings • Leadership • Mentorship • Volunteering
Vice President & Resources Business Group Director at HDR
Michelle started volunteering as a mentor with a program called Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL) and participating in Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Women in Engineering and GeoScience Division. She became more focused on promoting women in engineering by volunteering as a presenter/panelist to many groups, including schools, STEM programs, Science World, and universities, as well as attending UBC Alumni events. Her experiences gave her insight on how to speak with young women about careers in the engineering field, for example, she noted that women tend to prefer collaboration instead of competition and elitism.
Michelle has worked in male dominated sectors for several companies and has participated in formal equity programs in addition to informally advocating for equality in the workplace. In her workplace, she actively supports diversity and inclusion initiatives, including mentorship and sponsoring regional D&I groups. The highlight of Michelle’s career was recently she was approached by three women from the engineering sector, with no program affiliation, who asked her to be their mentor.
The one piece of advice Michelle emphasized was no matter how much time you have, it is important to give back to women in the sector; get out and volunteer – the rewards are enormous.