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Embracing Risk Taking


Embracing rish has the ability to greatly impact life's trajectory - both personally and profesionally. This International Women's Day the Faculty of Busiiness and Communications partners with the team from Young Women in Business. Join us March 8 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for an interactive discussion on risk taking. Gear from 3 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!



Featured panelists


Shenneile Henry  



Shenneile Henry is a proud Jamaican-Canadian woman. Having faced many roadblocks from childhood into adulthood, Shenneile can speak first hand to the saying "rejection is merely a redirection; a course correction to your destiny" (McGill).  Shenneile is known to challenge the status quo and overcame many rejections to pave a successful path for herself and family in Finance, Real Estate and Entrepreneurship. 


Also known as GOAL Digger Shen, Shenneile provides consulting services to business owners looking to start and grow their business(es). She was the 2022 recipient of the Under 30 Achievement Award presented by the Calgary Black Chambers and 2023 Women of Inspiration Nominee for her commitment as a leader in the Canada business community. Shenneile is a former Commercial Banker providing business owners with risk advisory services and loans up to 25 million dollars.  She is the former President and current Strategic Advisor for non profit organization Young Women in Business, and is a Director for DirectHer Network whose mission is to see more women in boardrooms.



April Hicke




April is the Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Toast, a talent partner created to increase gender diversity in tech. She is a seasoned speaker, mentor, and leader who boasts over a decade of experience in leadership and strategic team development at the senior level. With a remarkable track record of achievement in business process improvement, talent planning and strategies, digital transformation, and change management, April's life's purpose is driven by the core value of 'making a difference.' She achieves this by disrupting the status quo. April is renowned for being a serial relationship builder and a swift and savvy problem-solver, and her personality has been likened to an exclamation mark. Her colleagues and peers recognize her for making strategic connections and devoting a significant amount of her time coaching emerging leaders to develop skills to have brave conversations about the barriers their diverse teams may face in the workplace.

April is also the founding Calgary City Director for WNORTH, an organization aimed at developing more women to leading positions in business. Recently, she transitioned from VP to Strategic Advisor for Young Women in Business (YWiB) Calgary, a community for emerging female leaders and young professionals who aspire to create their success. Additionally, April serves as a career path mentor at Chic Geek, an organization that provides mentors to women in tech, and sits on the Women Upfront Committee with the United Way. April's rules for success in any endeavor are simple but effective: "Work Hard and Be Nice to People." Her passion for people drives her to make a measurable impact in the work she does, and she is highly regarded for her unwavering dedication to this cause.



Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal





LeTamara Lee-Anne Cardinal (she/her/they/them) is a mixed-media, large-scale installation artist and community activist. Born in Treaty 6 Territory, her ancestral roots are of both Nêhiyaw (Cree) and Deutsch (German) descent. She has been a visitor to Otôskwanihk (Calgary) for the past thirteen years. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Alberta University of the Arts in 2015, Cardinal has been a recipient of the National BMO 1st Art! Award, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Award, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, and more recently the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal. Cardinal has been an active member in the urban Indigenous community in Treaty 7 Territory, activating roles through Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, the Midewiwin Teaching Lodge Society of Alberta and Miskanawah’s Diamond Willow Youth Lodge. Cardinal is currently attending Mount Royal University as a full-time student in the Faculty of Psychology, working to obtain her second Bachelor’s before moving onto an Ma/PhD in the field. Cardinal’s work continues to be a reflection of the teachings she receives along her journey; it is an invitation for others to become a part of the process, to partake in its making.

Katherine Martens 




LeMy name is Katherine Martens and I work at KPMG as a Senior Consultant in US Corporate Tax. I also have experience with business consulting for small companies and start-ups, where I get to consult on the company’s strategic direction and operational plans. What I love most about my job is meeting new people and solving problems for my clients. I spend a lot of my free time travelling, being active, and doing volunteer work, with my most recent endeavour being the creation of a charity that promotes financial literacy. I’m very passionate about helping and connecting with others! 


Sierra Nunno



Sierra Nunno is a serial relationship builder and dedicated community leader. Originally hailing from Ajax Ontario, Sierra embraced the opportunity to plant roots in the rockies in 2021. By day, she works to help families and business owners grow their wealth at ScotiaMcLeod. By night, Sierra coaches youth sports and leads the team at YWiB Calgary. 

Sierra attained her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she was a committed student-athlete and community volunteer. She holds an Honours BA in Economics with an International Policy Option, and graduated with the highest national honour for athletic scholars: All-Canadian.

On weekends, Sierra loves to get outside with her dog Jasper. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping, climbing, surfing, and closest to her heart - skiing