International Women's Day

March 8, 2023


Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). Presented by the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies, listen to leaders from the Calgary community and beyond engage in open and honest conversations about gender equity in the workplace and what it looks like to turn talk into action.

On March 8th, we kick off four IWD events offered every Wednesday through March 29th. Check out the range of events and amazing speakers below to join us in the celebration. 


Embrace Risk Taking 

Date: March 8, 2023

Time:  1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: EL1441

Embracing risk has the ability to greatly impact life’s trajectory - both personally and professionally. This International Women’s Day the Faculty of Business and Communications partners with the team from Young Women in Business. Join us from 1:00-2:30pm in EL1441 for an interactive discussion on risk taking. Hear from early-career women about overcoming fear, stepped out of their comfort zones, and how it has positively impacted their lives. Discussion and networking will follow.

Shenneille Henry

April Hicke

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal

Katherine Martens (MRU Alumna) WIB executive
Sierra Nunno YWiB executive

Read the panelists' bios.


Women In Media screening of “She said”

Date: March 15, 2023

Time:  4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: T141

Please join MRU’s Women in Media (WIM) student group, as part of the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies International Women’s Day events, screening of “She Said”.  In October 2017, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times reporters broke one of the most important stories in a generation. Their careful reporting inspired a movement and broke decades of silence around the problematic nature of sexual assault in Hollywood. 

The event will involve a screening of the feature film, a discussion of safe spaces for disclosure,  and fundraising to support Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault (CCASA).


Women in Media (WIM) is a SAMRU club started by broadcasting students in 2020. It began with the intention of giving the women in the  program a safe space to tell stories and content that they were interested in but has expanded to invite any and all MRU students who are interested in the media or who have something to say to become members.


Alexandra Padilla Guajardo

Emma Grace Duke

Onyinye Ekwulugo

Ella Finstad Meakin

Vox Dei Arenajo

Read the organizers bios.


Working-From-Home: Risks & Rewards

Date: March 22, 2023

Time:  4 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: EB1014

Though employees have been working remotely for years, COVID created new opportunities and impetus for flexibility in how and where we work. Research shows that working from home or other flexible work options can be double edged swords. Though flexible work options offer clear benefits to both employers and employees, there are risks and these risks can be greater for women and other marginalized or racialized groups. Join us March 22nd from 4:00-5:30. The session begins with an interview with Dr. Heejung Chung from the University of Kent and author of the book the Flexibility Paradox. We then hear from Tammy Arseneau, VP HR Suncor, about the employer’s approach to this new work landscape and Dr. Laura Hambley Lovett who has been consulting with employers for years to develop policies and practices around managing a distributed workforce. Discussion and networking to conclude.



Dr. Rachael Pettigrew

Recorded interview: Dr. Heejung Chung


Followed by a discussion with:

Dr. Laura Hambley Lovett

Tammy Arseneau- Suncor VP HR

Read the panelists’ bios.


High Low: Women, wellness and fun!

Date: March 29, 2023

Time:  4:30 - 5:45 p.m. (class begins at 4:45)
Location: I124 (Dance Studio)

Our final event for the month, on March 29, will include a HIGH Low Class for faculty, staff and students alike. While our other events have focused on expanding our minds regarding issues for self identifying women, this event will encourage body health! This by-donation- class will support students in need via SAMRU. Come get your sweat on!

Space is limited and registration will be required. 

HIGH Low is a steady state cardio workout tailored to the individual, by the individual. Highly adaptable to all fitness levels, this lower impact format focuses on the steady state (or aerobic) training zone – the heart rate remains in a manageable yet constant and challenging, aerobic state for the majority of the class. 


All you need is proper footwear, a water bottle, and room to move. “Legs warmers are not mandatory, but they are encouraged.”


Childcare will be provided if there is an interest.

Read instructor bio.