Lessons on Leadership with Martha Piper, Indira Samarasekera & Joy Johnson
A conversation, Q&A and book launch for “Nerve: Lessons on Leadership from Two Women Who Went First”
About this event
What does it take to break the glass ceiling? While women have earned more representation in higher education as students and faculty, there is still a distinct lack of women in leadership roles. Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera were both the first female presidents of their respective universities. Now, they are sharing their collective learnings with their book Nerve: Lessons on Leadership From Two Women Who Went First. The book will be launched with a conversation and Q&A hosted by current SFU president Joy Johnson.
About the speakers
Martha Piper served as the first woman president of the University of British Columbia and has been a director of the Bank of Montreal, Shoppers Drug Mart and TransAlta Corporation. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she was born in Lorain, Ohio, and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Indira Samarasekera served as the first woman president of the University of Alberta, is a director of Magna International, TC Energy and Stelco, and has served as a director of the Bank of Nova Scotia. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Joy Johnson, SFU’s 10th president and vice-chancellor, is passionate about SFU’s academic and research mission. As president, Joy is committed to enhancing student learning experiences, working towards reconciliation, and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion across SFU. Prior to her appointment as president, Joy served as SFU’s vice-president, research and international from 2014 to 2020. She currently leads SFU’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiative.