Presented by TD Bank Group
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON, M5S 3H3
Panel Discussion provides an opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth dialogue with corporate and community partners regarding workplace diversity and worker potential maximization. Through programs such as interactive panel discussion, Q&A section, and roundtable discussion, this event establishes the significance of corporate inclusion and encourages an on-going dialogue between the students and partners throughout the academic year.
Panel discussion gives students an experience at a safe professional networking environment, therefore shaping groundwork for extending RCPA’s mission of promoting diversity and inclusion in the business world during the year.
Panelists share what they do, who they are, and how they got there. Throughout the rest of the panel, we examine that journey, discovering key pivotal moments, and strategies for going about the self discovery process.
Making Noise: Our Voices
In the age of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, we have had the chance to hear the voices of those who have never been heard before. We are able to broadcast our messages on a previously unfathomable scale, and it is now time to focus on narratives of diversity and inclusivity. Members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as other marginalized communities, have been working hard in the world of business to not only exceed professional expectations, but also to effectively navigate and break the ever-present and constrictive social norms. The platform we have now must be used to give these marginalized voices the opportunity to share their knowledge, experiences, and advice. Not only will this help us to better our understanding of the world we live in, but it will also help us to contextualize the experience of minorities in the workplace, and to set the standard of excellent allyship.
Our voices are our experiences. Our voices convey who we are and what we stand for. Our voices are our most important and powerful tool, and how we use them is more relevant than ever. We are the noisemakers, and silence is no longer an option.
Every year, the RCPA events team attempts to build on the successes of previous iterations of panel discussion by improving the experience of our students. This year we are introducing round tables to help garner discussion amongst our students and corporate partners. Not only do round tables support a higher degree of communication in a professional environment, but also encourage peer-to-peer discussion. It sets up a stage for greater dialogue by simplifying and streamlining the conversation process. This in turn results in a safer, more inclusive and enriching environment for everyone.