Women in the Workplace

July 28, 2022 8:00am EST / 8:00pm Beijing time admin

Women in the Workplace: Tactics for Addressing Gender-based Barriers

This special event will host a panel of global experts to explore the issue of gender-based barriers and tactics for addressing these barriers to create more inclusive workplaces. The discussion is aimed at fostering learning, inspiration, and catalyzing ideas to address workplace gender-based barriers.


  • 8:00 Opening Remarks

  • 8:15 Keynote Speeches begin

  • 8:50 Q&A begins

  • 9:30 Event ends



Nicole Troster is a business coach and international public speaker with over 12 years' experience designing policies and programs to strengthen entrepreneurship. She founded ELLA, York University's award-winning accelerator, and has supported over 128 women, who have generated $15.7M in revenues, $5.1M in funding and 121 jobs since March 2020. Nicole has also worked with governments to reduce regulatory costs for businesses, represented the interests of small and medium businesses to government, and assessed investment opportunities for angel funds. Nicole holds a Master's in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology, a Master's in Public and International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Panel Members


Dr. Georgette Zinaty holds the position of Executive Vice President at Corporate Class Inc.  Prior to joining CCI in 2020, Dr. Zinaty had a distinguished career as an executive and senior leader at the University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool, a Master of Science from the Henley School of Business, and a certificate from Harvard in leading strategic change within organizations. She has recently completed her Doctorate of Business Administration – a joint program with the Rotman School of Management and the Henley Business School. Her research interests include business leadership, diversity, inclusion, and the future of leadership.


Dr. Lamei Wang is currently a visiting scholar at Fairbank Center of Chinese Studies at Harvard University and an associate professor for College of Psychology at Shenzhen University. Lamei began her career as a journalist for Xinhua News Agency after receiving her Masters degree from Peking University, and later got her joint Ph.D. in Psychology from Chinese Academy of Sciences and Sarland University in Germany. After that, she had her postdoc fellowship at University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on family and child studies, which often touches upon women's gender, work and family identities. Her most recent study includes mothers' self-concept related to their attachment to their children, and a program to psychologically support mothers of autistic children.


Ann W. Madsen is passionate about helping women to achieve their goals. She has held leadership positions across corporate, academic and non-profit sectors. Ann began her career as a journalist and was one of the first women appointed to an editor with the Gannett Newspaper Group. She was recruited to Florida in 2009 to lead advancement efforts at The Poyter Institute, an international school for journalism. Ann is celebrating her 10th anniversary this year as Executive Director of The Centre for Women. She has brought an “intrapreneurial” spirit to the 45-year-old nonprofit introducing innovative programs and services to empower, educate and elevate women and girls. She founded The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre to help female entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. Ann serves as vice chair of the advocacy committee for the Association of Women’s Business Centers, which supports 140 WBCs nationwide.  

Whether you are a woman in leadership, an aspiring leader, or simply want to support women's equal participation in the workplace, we hope you join us and our knowledgeable experts for an empowering discussion. Please Click the button below to register.