Oct 29, 2019
Annette Bergeron, P.Eng. MBA,
FEC, FCAE, is a Past President at Engineers Canada, and was
recognized as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada.
Annette knows firsthand what it is like to work in a male dominated
workplace, and is making it her mission to balance out the number
of women in engineering for the future. Annette discusses the
importance of mentors and sponsors, her DiversifySTEM training tool
and all the benefits it can give leaders, and why badasses aren’t
able to do it all alone.
What You Will Hear in This Episode:
attracted Annette to engineering, and why it’s so common for women
engineers to already have had a friend or family as a model for
what it takes to get in the profession.
women should be encouraged to take classes in the fields of science
and math, that can set the foundation for a career such as
importance of women to have many mentors in the workplace, to be
involved in outside professional organizations, and also to have
- Badass women know they can take on the world,
and have the confidence to also help others along the way
being a badass can be socialized out of us through labels in our
childhood like “bossy” or “trouble”, you are never too late to
reclaim your power.
deserve to speak up in meetings, and to confidently share your
ideas and wisdom.
tend to try harder to fit in and be liked, and oftentimes in
business this can lead to others getting mentored and promoted
while we watch on the sidelines.
for the spark of joy and passion, and focus your energy more on
- Badass women know it’s okay to seek out new
career paths, and that our trajectory can look more like a zig zag
then a straight vertical.
- DiversifySTEM is an app that serves as a
training tool to move the workplace forward and break barriers in
company culture. It delivers short micro lessons on promoting
gender diversity in STEM workplaces which include actionable steps
to make small yet powerful changes in areas including gender
diversity, discrimination, and leadership.
of Annette’s goals is to level out more of the playing field and
have women represent 30% of the workers in
women in high school need role models.”
your kids to your workplace, and expose them to what you
all of us fit into the mold that society makes for
- “Success looks like everyone having the same
opportunity to pursue their career.”
other badasses around you.”
How Women Can Escape the