Beth Schmidt graduated from Middlebury College and holds a Masters in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. She is a Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Fellow and was recently celebrated on Forbes’ 2013 “30 Under 30” list for her work in education.
When she was just four years old, Molly Burke’s world began to darken: she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a retinal disease causing loss of vision.Drawing from deeply personal experiences, Molly brings audiences, especially students, a uniquely young and current perspective on issues many of them face each day. Her message—that any challenge in life, whether it’s bullying, mental illness or a loss of vision, can be overcome—resonates powerfully.
Another young Canadian woman is dead as a result of sexual abuse, exploitation, and subsequent victim-blaming, and, yet again, public discussion and media coverage is reducing this story from one of gender-based violence and oppression to one of bullying.
A few years ago I participated in a mentoring program through the Women’s Executive Network (Wisdom II). I had the privilege of being mentored by Lieutenant Colonel Maryse Carmichael, Pilot and first female Commanding Officer of the Canadian Snowbirds.
Maman! C’est spontané. Viscéral. Animal même. Quand tu as faim. Mal. Peur. Quand tu te retrouves au bout du monde, perdue. Quand la toilette du voisin du haut te coule sur la tête. Ou simplement quand tu tentes de cuire ton premier poulet. Même à 28 ans, il n’y a rien qui remplace une mère.
During my third year of university at Concordia I took a philosophy of feminism course. My professor was brilliant, approachable and had the refreshing ability to bring academic texts down to earth by connecting them to real-life experiences.
As a First Nation’s youth, I walk two paths in life and strive to tell one story. My story is about the strength and courage needed to live through the hearts of my people and to walk in a world so different from mine.
It is the courage to fight colonialism and assimilation.
It is the courage to fight ignorance and assumption.