LeadHERship is an annual conference for the U of T community to come together and learn more about leadership as it relates to gender. This year, LeadHERship will spotlight U of T’s expansive and talented community of writers, journalists, artists and activists through the theme The Power of Storytelling.

Join us as we engage with dynamic speakers to discuss femininity and gender as it relates to our own work, research and lived experiences as storytellers. We will broaden our understanding of the influence of our words and art and uncover how we can tell better stories.

All students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are welcome to attend! No background in writing or art is required.

Please register—seats are limited.


LeadHERship 2019: The Power of Storytelling

Thursday, February 28, 2019

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Optional social & networking 2 – 2:30 p.m.)

Main Activity Hall, U of T Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave.

Free lunch provided! Registration required.

If you have questions, please email leadership@utoronto.ca.

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Registration Registration is now open
Event information Find out who will be there
Facilitator information Facilitate at LeadHERship 2019
Women’s organizations More information on organizations that support women
Past events Thank you to our 2017 & 2018 guest speakers and facilitators
Contact us Connect with us at leadership@utoronto.ca


Registration is now closed. 

If you would like to add you name to the waitlist, please contact us at leadership@utoronto.ca.

Event information


  • Opening Keynote: Lee Maracle
  • Panel: Paula Coop McCrory, Sheila Stewart, Leon Tsai, Alex Verman
  • Closing Keynote: Elisha Lim

More details on our speakers and panelists can be found at the LeadHERship Facebook event.

Facilitator information

Interested in being a conversation facilitator at LeadHERship? Please let us know via email at leadership@utoronto.ca.

Women’s organizations

Did you know there are organizations around the University of Toronto Downtown Campus that support women? Here are a few of them.

The Centre for Women and Trans People

The Centre for Women and Trans People is committed to providing a safe, harassment-free drop in space for all women and trans people on campus. We provide free support, referrals, resources and advocacy on issues of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, violence, health and poverty through our workshops, events, services and programming.

The Centre was founded by U of T women undergraduate students in 1986. They organized to create a safe, accessible space for all women at U of T to gather, seek support, and advocate on issues relevant to them. The Centre is a student funded, volunteer driven, non profit, campus, community organization governed by its Collective.


Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. We have been serving this community for over 35 years, validating women’s experiences regardless of outcomes. These marginalized women come from diverse backgrounds and include: women with substance use and mental health issues; women who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma and violence; immigrant and refugee women; women with disabilities; and women without legal status.

Migrant Mothers Project

The Migrant Mothers Project (MMP) is a community-university collaboration examining the impact of immigration policies on the rights, safety, and security of women with precarious immigration status. Since 2013 MMP has worked to document the impact that conditional settlement policies have on the safety of migrant women. Repealing Conditional Permanent Residence is an important step towards acknowledging the power imbalances that create vulnerability, especially for immigrant women, through Canada’s immigration policies.

Past events

Thank you to our 2017 & 2018 guest speakers and program creators:

Akanksha Ganguly

Dani Magsumbol

Dr. Mary Reid

Honor Brabazon

Joanne Lieu

Leeza Shakkouri

Muna-Ubdi Abdulkadir Ali

Rupaleem Bhuyan

Contact us

Please connect with us at leadership@utoronto.ca.