What is Empower?
It’s time for you to feel empowered, it’s time for you to join us at this year’s media conference, EMERGE emPOWER. The landscape of the media realm has drastically changed from women being a minority in the industry to now the field. What does it mean in our current day and age to be a woman in the media? A panel of four powerhouse speakers will answer this question, discussing their experiences in the media. EMERGE emPOWER presents a unique opportunity for women within different media industries to meet, share advice and talk about the future of media studies.
Guests will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with each panelist to foster a meaningful connection, learn how to dress for success in the workforce through a fashion consulting workshop and show support for each other through a positivity photobooth. Learn how to achieve your goals and how to knock down barriers between you and your dream career.
Come interact with current and prospective media studies students, inspire the next generation of women and realize that every hero starts with her.
With Featured Guests:
Andrea Gunraj is working as the Vice-President of Public Engagement at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Gunraj has over 18 years of experience within the non-profit communications sector as she had worked in other organizations such as Eva’s Initiative for Homeless Youth. She is passionate about fighting for the rights of girls and women who suffer through issues such as violence and poverty. Also, Gunraj is a published author of both fiction and non-fictions books including a best sellers such as The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha and The Lost Sister.
Tamara Cherry is a working mother of three and a former CTV crime specialist that quit her job to follow her true passion. As of January 2020, she opened up her own public relations agency named Pickup Communications that helps victims of crime deal with media inquiries. In 2013, Cherry became the first civilian to be awarded the Peel Regional Chief’s Certificate for her ongoing coverage of human trafficking.
Natasha Lawrence is the Co-Founder and Creative Director at The Strategy, a fast-evolving fashion and lifestyle website. She graduated from Ryerson University earning her degree in Fashion Styling and Coordination in 2012. In 2014, she was recognized as one of Notable’s Young Entrepreneurs.
Stef Sanjati is a Canadian transgender YouTuber and social media personality. Primarily, her videos are about trans-related issues, but she covers topics such as mental health, relationships, and fashion. Also, Sanjati has a genetic condition named Waardenburg syndrome, she also mentioned in a 2018 BBC interview she was bullied about being more feminine.
Ginella Massa is a reporter and anchor for CityNews Toronto. Most notably, Massa is known for becoming the first Canadian hijab-wearing news anchor for a late night news show. She graduated from York University in 2010 with a Bachelors in Communications and then later completed the Broadcast Journalism program at Seneca College. Passionate about storytelling, Massa first started her on-air career volunteering at Rogers TV Mississauga.