The Need, the History, and the Legacy of Social Purpose
Part of the Women’s Economic Council’s 2023 Conference
“Breaking Barriers: Promoting Inclusive BIPOC Leadership and Economic Empowerment”
Thursday, May 11th
1:30 pm ET / 11:30 am MT / 10:30 am PT
WEC Conference runs May 9th – 11th, 2023
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Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido: Black Women Professional Worker Co-op & Whole Woman Network
Janielle Maxwell: Coordinator, JEDI Business Conversions Project
- Overview, objectives, events & initiatives of CWCF’s JEDI Business Conversions Project
- The importance of a JEDI-centered approach to Social Purpose Organizations & the transformation of Canadian employment
- Equity-deserving groups and Social Purpose Organizations: cultural affinities, workplace barriers, and benefits of SPOs
- The benefits of mutual aid & co-operative economics for women facing domestic violence, financial trauma/challenges, and abuse
The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation is participating in the Women’s Economic Council’s (WEC) May 2023 Conference entitled “Breaking Barriers: Promoting Inclusive BIPOC Leadership and Economic Empowerment”. This theme aligns well with our Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Business Conversion Project, as it focuses on engaging more members of Equity-Denied Groups (EDGs) i.e. BIPOC, women, youth etc. into the Social Entrepreneurship space. As such, representatives from CWCF were invited to present at this free, EDG focused online event.
Presenters Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido and Janielle Maxwell will share their insights on “ The Need, the History, and the Legacy of Social Purpose”. This will involve an overview of CWCF’s JEDI Business Conversion Project (including its objectives, initiatives and events) and a discussion on why a JEDI centered approach to Social Purpose Organizations (SPOs) and the Canadian employment realm- is needed for true transformational change.
Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido will tackle themes such as the cultural affinity of EDGs to SPOs, challenges faced by EDGs in traditional realms and in business conversions, and how business conversions to SPOs can benefit marginalized groups. With a focus on women, she’ll also share insights on how mutual aid and co-operative economics have uplifted women facing domestic violence, financial trauma/challenges, and abuse. Juliet will share from the perspective of 2 organizations of which she is a co-founder, Black Women Professional Worker Co-op and Whole Woman Network (which is in the process of converting to a non-share co-operative). Janielle will touch on the challenges various members of EDGs face in the workplace and financial spaces, and the subsequent need for reform. She will also discuss the JEDI Business Conversion Project, as it is situated to help combat such struggles EDGs experience in many traditional business realms. The session will last for ~ 1 hour and will conclude with a Question & Answer period.
Register for this free online event: https://womenseconomiccouncil.ca/conference-register/
More information about the WEC’s May 2023 Conference: https://womenseconomiccouncil.ca/conference/