YU Hosts Panel on ‘Overcoming Barriers in Academic and Work Environments’

Yorkville is set to host a special Black History Month panel discussion this week entitled Overcoming Barriers in Academic and Work Environments

Hosted by Yorkville’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Thamina Jaferi, the online event will take place on Friday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. (EST), including panelists: leadership consultant/career counsellor Dr. Thommi Odom LawsonDaisy Wright, the Chief Encouragement Officer at The Wright Career Solution; and Garry Priam, owner of Mossa International Inc.

This hour-long virtual discussion will cover a number of topics – from “showing up authentically” in different academic and work environments, to the impact of racial trauma on mental health, to the responsibility of senior management and decision makers to actively set the tone for inclusion so it cascades down to the rest of the organization. 

The panelists will also set aside time from 1:30 to 2 p.m. to answer any questions from the audience.

Overcoming Barriers in Academic and Work Environments

Date: Friday, Feb. 19

Time: 1 p.m. (EST)

*** You can watch the recording of this livestream on the Yorkville University YouTube page Here.

About the Panelists: 

Thamina Jaferi (Host)

Jaferi is an experienced diversity and inclusion professional and subject matter expert, with a background in law, human rights and equity. In her role as Yorkville University’s Diversity Consultant, she develops, implements and administers various diversity programs, education and training to advance and support a diverse and inclusive workplace and inclusive service provision in the higher education sector.  

Thomasina Odom Lawson

Lawson is a leadership consultant, national board-certified counselor and author of the newly released book Grace Space: Understanding and Implementing Work/Life Harmony. She provides a solutions-based approach that uniquely addresses the overlap of career success, interpersonal relationships and home life. While helping clients figure out strategies for enjoying work, dealing with difficult colleagues, or making better career choices, Lawson sometimes uncovers emotional issues that would sabotage success at a new position or company. She’s currently a member of Yorkville’s Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology faculty. 

Garry Priam

Priam is the founder and president of Mossa International Inc., a management consultant Company. He is also a keynote speaker, ProsciTM Certified Change Management Practitioner, organizational leadership and team development specialist, project manager and Italian author. Priam’s keynote speeches, workshops and seminars have helped companies and people around the world. He currently serves as chair of Yorkville University’s Bachelor of Business Administration Project Management Advisory Panel.

Daisy Wright

Wright is the CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) of The Wright Career Solution, a certified career development practitioner, and a certified career management and executive leadership development coach. For more than 15 years, she has collaborated with executives, managers and mid-career professionals to help them get hired faster. She is the author of three books: 21 Resilient WomenTell Stories, Get HiredNo Canadian Experience, Eh?, and has contributed to more than 10 others on resume writing, career and interview coaching, and the job search. 

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