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Annual Inspiring Leadership Forum event a success

Posted: March 10, 2016 9:30 a.m.

 Melissa Fung, veteran journalist and bestselling author, shared her experience as a hostage after she was kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2008.
Melissa Fung, veteran journalist and bestselling author, shared her experience as a hostage after she was kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2008. Photo: U of R Photography

The University of Regina hosted its annual Inspiring Leadership Forum  on Wednesday at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

The Forum, entitled Compelling Voices, featured keynote speakers Mona Eltahawy, Mellissa Fung and Naomi Klein who have enjoyed tremendous success as journalists, authors and activists.

The keynote speakers shared their personal stories with more than 500 conference participants at this year’s sold-out Forum.

The event also featured a Saskatchewan Leaders Panel, moderated by Global Regina’s evening news anchor, Whitney Stinson. Panelists included former Saskatchewanderer, Ashlyn George; science writer, environmental and Indigenous health specialist, Diane Adams; and Stefani Langenegger, CBC Saskatchewan’s political journalist.

BACKGROUND

Naomi Klein 

Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Klein’s critically acclaimed new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Mellissa Fung

A veteran correspondent and bestselling author, Fung covered the war in Afghanistan for the CBC and produced the award-winning documentaries Canada’s Ugly Secret and No Country for Horses. Her bestselling book, Under an Afghan Sky, chronicles her experience as a hostage after she was kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2008. She speaks with passion on human rights (with particular attention paid to women and children), development issues, current events, and her personal experiences as a journalist.

Mona Eltahawy

Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. The author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, released April 2015, Eltahawy is based in Cairo and New York City.

Planning for the 8th annual Inspiring Leadership Forum is underway. The 2017 Inspiring Leadership Forum will feature keynote speakers Liz Murray and Monica Lewinsky.

The event will take place:
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Queensbury Centre, Evraz Place
Regina, SK