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First ETT Womxn Leadership Conference

March 8, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Virtual Event

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To celebrate International Women's Day (IWD), the ETT Status of Women Committee is hosting a virtual conference on Monday, March 8, 2021 for ETT members who self-identify as women.

The theme of this conference, Choose to Challenge and Amplify All Women's Voices, is a realization of the United Nation's and ETFO's IWD statements and visions.

The conference, which features a diverse group of important and influential women speakers, will start promptly at 4:30 p.m. and end at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Registered participants will be entered to win a variety of door prizes. Members must be present for the duration of the event to receive their prize.


Registration closes on Thursday, March 4, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Registrants will be emailed a link to join to the virtual session prior to its start.

To be respectful of all guest speakers, participants are asked to be on time for the virtual session and to stay for the full event.

Registrants will have the opportunity to select a t-shirt size as part of the registration process. Please be advised that some t-shirt sizes are limited. We will do our best to match your request. T-shirts will be sent to members after the event.

Keynote Speakers

Karen Brown

Karen began her teaching career with the Toronto District School Board in 1993. She is also a registered early childhood educator (RECE) and has extensive experience in the early years. Along with serving as vice-president of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto from 2003 to 2012, she served as their chief negotiator, and benefits coordinator.

At the provincial level, Karen has served on the ETFO Executive since 2009. She is a Governor and Fellow of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, an alumnus of the 2011 Governor General’s Leadership Conference, and a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU).

In 2017, Karen was named as one of the 100 most Accomplished Black Women in Canada.

Karen is a Daughter of the middle passage, and hails from “the land of wood and water”, an abolitionist, proud mom, maroon, and, an agent of change for educating women and girls.

In August 2019, Karen was re-elected for a second term as ETFO First Vice-President.

Judy Croon

Judy is a comedian, motivational speaker (including Ted Talks), radio host, Second City stand up coach and author.

She has worked with many celebrities including; John Cleese, Jon Stewart and Joan Rivers. Her specials have appeared on NBC, CBS, CTV and The Comedy Network. She is a co-author of ‘From the Stage to the Page: Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies!”

Judy draws from her stand up and coaching experience to entertain, inform and inspire in her dynamic keynote entitled, ‘Relieving Work Related Stress with Humour.' She is a regular volunteer with Sistering and City Street Outreach – programs that feed Toronto’s homeless and needy.

Judy is the creator/host of ‘Laughlines’ and ‘Stand Up For The Girls’ which have both helped raise over $650,000 for breast cancer research.

Additional Speakers

Hilary Inwood

Hilary Inwood (MA, M.Ed, PhD) teaches in the Master of Teaching program at OISE, and leads its Environmental & Sustainability Education (ESE) Initiative, as well as its Arts Education courses. She coordinates a Master of Teaching cohort at Ryerson Elementary School focused on Social Justice and Eco-Justice Education, and coordinates a formal collaboration between OISE and the TDSB's EcoSchools Program focused on Environmental Education. She is Co-Chair of the ESE-TE Standing Committee of EECOM, a national network of education faculty focused on improving the integration of ESE into teacher education across Canada.

Mary Reid

Mary Reid is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Program Coordinator, Master of Teaching in Elementary and Secondary Education. She has published research in the areas of math content knowledge of elementary pre-service teachers, math anxiety in the classroom, the gender gap in STEM, and building efficacy for math teaching. Her most recent study critically examines the gender and race gaps in math performance, specifically the intersectionality of being female and of colour. Minority females are vastly under-represented in all STEM fields and Mary's research attempts to uncover the barriers minority females face as math learners. Her research and findings would be of interest to those seeking to enhance math teacher education through building math capacities of pre-service and in-service teachers.

Shellene Drakes-Tull

Helping people connect and engage through storytelling and strategic communicating has always been a passion for Shellene Drakes-Tull from Sweet Lime Communications. For all of us, answering the question, ‘who are you?’ is integral to creating your story and standing confidently in your truth. Shellene has shared the stories of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Toronto District School Board, Deloitte, the University of Toronto Scarborough, and others.

Recording is Prohibited

Any recording or replication in whole or part of this virtual session is prohibited.


Contact Information

Roz Geridis

Status of Women Committee


Virtual Event


This event will take place as a virtual session.