Speaker Series: Breaking Bias

Tuesday, October 17 from 6:00 – 8:30pm
IIC2001 – Innovation Hall, Angus Bruneau Centre, MUN
To register for the event, click HERE
Free parking in area 18



Breaking Bias

A panel discussion about understanding, identifying, and disrupting bias in STEM careers




Chenel Waight, E.I.T., LEED Green Associate, Assistant Project Manager, Colliers Project Leaders
Carolyn J. Emerson, M.Sc., Past-President of WISE NL & the co-author of two books on women in the SETT workforce
Gina Pecore, Chief Executive Officer of Genoa Design International

Susan Hollett, CPF, CMC, CE, National Program Coordinator & Facilitator WinSETT Leadership Program

Chenel Waight

Chenel is originally from Belize City, Belize. She moved to St. John’s to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and was awarded the Women in Engineering Scholarship during her first year at MUN. Post-graduation, Chenel has been a Project Manager with Colliers Project Leaders for about four years. Her current project is the St. John’s International Airport Expansion. As part of her work in project management, she is a member of several associations including Professional Engineers and Geoscientists NL (PEGNL), Women in Science and Engineering (WISENL), Project Management Institution (PMI), and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

Carolyn J. Emerson

With Bachelors and Masters degrees in the life sciences, Carolyn Emerson enjoyed a 27 year research career at Memorial University. During that time and since, Carolyn has held leadership positions in science promotion organizations with a particular emphasis on women’s full participation in science, engineering, trades and technology. Carolyn is a Past-President of Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador, and sat on the inaugural Board of Women in Resource Development Corporation. Carolyn was also the first Chair of the Newfoundland Science Centre, and has served on several provincial and federal government committees as well as on gender equity committees related to large natural resource projects in NL.

Gina Pecore

Gina began her career as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy during a period of transformation that included the commissioning of new warships and first-time placement of women at sea. This experience underpinned her progression over the next 25 years into a senior business leader whose values are driven by possibilities and empowerment. Throughout her career, Gina has established and operated several businesses and earned international designations and recognition for her work in communications, training, facilitation, and leadership. In 1995, she helped found Genoa Design International; in 2012, she accepted a partnership role and led the company to 400% growth over the next five years. Named CEO in 2017, Gina is now responsible for driving the company’s continued growth.