September Speaker Series: Employment Obstacles

August 12, 2019

In honor of Calgary Pride Week, our September Speaker Series will be presented by YW Calgary and will be discussing employment obstacles in our industry, especially those commonly faced by members of the LGBTQ2S+ community that everyone should be made aware of. This presentation will outline how to work towards lowering, overcoming and working alongside employment obstacles. It will help you identify your own obstacles to employment (whether a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community or not), and things such as inappropriate questions that may arise during an interview and how to work around them. Most importantly, everyone will gain invaluable advice on how to set a plan for yourself and define your rights in the workplace. The event will open with special introductions by Joy Brown and Kiersten Mohr!

As always, AVE events are open to everyone and are meant to be a safe place to ask questions and have important discussions. Although this event has a presentation format,  it will be an open conversation about employment obstacles that you, your friends and colleagues may be facing and that you should be aware of.  

Snacks will be provided.


About our presenter... 

Pratibha Singh is a Certified Career Development Professional and Human Resources professional with over 10 years of combined experience in these fields globally. Pratibha holds a Master degree in Social work and Bachelor degree in Commerce. Supporting her lifelong learning goal, she has completed Career and Academic Advising certificate from University of Calgary. At present, she works as Career Development Practitioner with YW Calgary at Women’s Employment Resource Centre, which helps women with essential skills, job search techniques, resume writing and making connections with education partners and employers. The goal is to support women as they establish and maintain employment; to create a learning environment that supports women in building capacity.  


With special introductions by...

Kiersten Mohr is a professional geologist with over sixteen years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. Through this experience, and while being part of many high energy and talented teams, she has excitedly explored and unlocked many technical challenges through multiple basins in North America. Kiersten achieved her BSc. Honours in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan. She completed a Citation in Applied Geostatistics from the University of Alberta in 2008. In 2015, with some years of technical leadership and life experience behind her, Kiersten  began pursuing a Psychology degree at Queens University which she plans to complete in 2019. 

Kiersten is an openly transgender woman and invests her time away from work giving back to her community. She was inspired and emboldened by the positive experience of her own gender transition in 2017 and is now passionate to use her visibility and voice to help promote positive public awareness as well as understanding and inclusion of transgender and gender diverse individuals.  Kiersten is proudly the President of the Airdrie Pride Society. Kiersten is also a proud board member of the Skipping Stone Foundation which aims to rewrite the narratives of today’s gender diverse youth by recognizing and celebrating the strengths and uniqueness found within their diversity.


Joy Brown is a Senior Explorationist at TAQA North. Joy joined the oil and gas industry in 1990 after earning an undergraduate degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in geophysics from the University of Saskatchewan. Most of her 30 years in the industry have been with Chevron and ConocoPhillips, focused on structural plays in western Canada with brief stints in international groups working plays in offshore Brazil and Africa and most recently, Kurdistan with her current company, Taqa. Joy’s volunteering in support of women in SETT began in university and carried on throughout her career in Calgary. She has served terms as President of the Alberta Women’s Science Network (AWSN) and President of CCWESTT and currently is a member of the Board for the WinSETT Centre and AVE Network.


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