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Advancing in Your Career: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges of Zigzags

November 16, 2021 - 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Women of all races face more barriers to success and must go above and beyond to get the same recognition, opportunities and respect as their colleagues.
Findings from a study commissioned in 2018 on behalf of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and The American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.

There was a time in history when career trajectories followed a linear path. Progressing up the rungs of a ladder was the traditional notion of advancing in your career. Over time, the notion of how we can progress has evolved, and today, there is much greater acceptance of the value of doing some zigzagging in your career.
Now more than ever, our career is more likely to resemble a Scrabble board with moves up, down and sideways. The challenge of knowing which move to make can be significant and only becomes more difficult when gender and racial bias are factored in. According to the 2018 study, opportunities to choose different paths in your career are not uniformly available.
Join us for a discussion with a panel of women CEOs and general counsel who will share stories of their career zigzags and the insights they have gained from navigating biases and barriers. They will also offer their perspectives on how organizations and allies can interrupt racial and gender bias.

This webcast is hosted in partnership with Women General Counsel Canada.

Language: This webcast will be presented in English.


WGCC Welcome

  • Laura Speirs, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Legal & Public Affairs, Randstad Canada


  • Bindu Cudjoe, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, CWB Financial Group; Founder and Director, Women General Counsel Canada

  • Alicia Dubois, B.Sc., J.D., Advisor and Strategist for Indigenous partnerships

  • Sheri Edison, Former General Counsel, Amcor; Director, Union Pacific Corporation; Board Member, Cardinal Health and American Family Insurance

  • Tamiko Ohta, General Counsel,

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. (EDT)

Mandatory Continuing Education


This program contains 15 minutes of EDI Professionalism content and 1 hour of Professionalism content. This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario.

Please note that pursuant to the amendments to the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats (Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for lawyers – available in French only) of the Barreau du Québec, which came into force on April 1, 2019, the status of “accredited provider” has been abolished. In view thereof, Blakes has submitted a request of admissibility to the Barreau du Québec. Blakes will issue a certificate of participation to its Barreau du Québec members.

British Columbia
This program has been accredited for 1.25 CPD Credit Hour with The Law Society of British Columbia.