On the morning of June 4, 2019, nineteen women from Vancouver’s C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program convened for a networking breakfast in the recently opened Vancouver Public Library Phillips, Hagar, and North public garden. This apt rooftop venue embodied the green building focus of our 2019 W4C Mentorship Program. During the event the W4C women were surrounded by 52 solar panels and drought-resistant, hardy, local greenery!
Our event was scheduled during the global Women Deliver Conference, which brought together women from across a multitude of sectors, issues, and cultures on women’s issues. The Women4Climate participants were invited to the City’s concurrent Women Deliver satellite sessions and/or live-streaming direct from the main conference, scheduled at the same venue throughout the week.
Our W4C agenda was simple – rapid roundtable updates followed by un-programmed networking over breakfast. It aimed to provide space for the women to celebrate each other’s milestones and accomplishments and seek face-to-face support beyond their formal mentor/mentee relationships. It also served as an opportunity for the program staff to reaffirm what the mentees wished to gain from their W4C experience.
The event was a marked success, sparking lively conversations, many of which lasting well beyond the event’s formal end. It is certainly something we’ll seek to replicate with future W4C cohorts.
By Jennifer Wahl, Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver