Success: Overcoming Obstacles as a Black Professional

Being a Black professional has unique challenges, but  don’t let them stop you from being successful. Come out to the Black Interprofessional Students Association’s ‘Tools For Success’ panel discussion on Feb. 20th (6pm-8pm) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Rm FL223. Hear six accomplished Black professionals from various fields (Law, Med, Social Work, Nursing, Business, Education) talk about the practical tactics and strategies that they have learned during the course of their careers that has helped them become successful, despite the numbers. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Rotman School of Management.

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Shawn Richards

Shawn is the President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and is an Associate at Lenkinski Law and an adjunt Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He practiced for several years at a civil litigation boutique in the areas of tort litigation (including medical malpractice, professional negligence and personal injury), employment litigation and commercial litigation. He articled and practiced at a different civil litigation boutique, where he worked on medical malpractice actions, professional disciplinary matters, and complex commercial disputes. Shawn holds a JD, M.A., and Hon B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Onye Nnorom

Dr. Onye Nnorom is a Family Doctor and a Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist. She practices at TAIBU Community Health Centre, in Scarborough and is the Primary Care Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program (Cancer Care Ontario), providing leadership on matters of cancer prevention and care to primary care physicians in the region. She is also the Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto, and holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Nnorom holds a B.Sc. from Concordia, an MDCM from McGill, and a CCFP, MPH and FRCP from the University of Toronto

Terry Gardiner

Terry Gardiner, MSW, RSW, Manager, Diversity, Equity and Student Experience is a graduate of the FIFSW MSW program. He has been an Instructor and Faculty Advisor at the Ryerson University School of Early Childhood Studies and developed and implemented physical activity and sport equity initiatives at the University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He holds a B.A. from Ryerson and an MSW from the University of Toronto

Dr. Annette Bailey

Dr. Annette Bailey has worked in both acute and community health nursing settings. Much of her work in community-health nursing has focused on inter-agency collaboration to address key determinants of health for diverse populations in Toronto.

Dr. Bailey completed her PhD in Public Health Science with a specialization in health promotion and education. Her research examines traumatic stress and resilience among survivors of community and interpersonal violence. Her research interests span violence prevention, violence and trauma, trauma and resilience, homicide loss, resilience and grief. Her most recent research activity focused on traumatic stress and resilience among Black Women who have lost a child to gun violence in Toronto.

Colin Lynch

Colin Lynch is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Growth at Greystone Managed Investments, a $32 billion investment fund. As a member of the management team, he is responsible for the overall strategy of the firm and initiatives to materially grow assets under management and profitability. Colin’s previous roles include serving as the General Manager of Global Strategy at Aimia, the world’s leader in loyalty programs and as a member of McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office and Morgan Stanley’s Investment Bank. He holds an MBA from Harvard University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University.

Belinda Longe

Belinda Longe is Principal at Winona Drive Senior Public with over two decades experience in school administration and teacher education. She has developed and led workshops for teachers and administrators across Canada and internationally. She has also presented at international conferences in Canada, the United States, England. Belinda specializes in curriculum development, leadership development, conflict resolution, public speaking and presentation skills. She has a B.Ed, M.Ed and PhD. from OISE/University of Toronto.

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