University of Regina’s Inspiring Leadership Forum brings together more than 1,200 attendees globally for first virtual edition of the event

Media Advisory Release Date: March 1, 2021 4:00 p.m.

The University of Regina’s 12th annual Inspiring Leadership Forum has transitioned from what is typically an in-person event to a virtual experience in 2021! The Inspiring Leadership Forum 2021: Virtual Edition, presented by TD takes place on Wednesday, March 3. The virtual format of this year’s event gives attendees from across the world an opportunity to take in high-calibre presentations and networking opportunities from the comfort of their homes.

With this year’s Forum transitioning to a half-day, virtual event, organizers were able to lower the price of individual tickets for the event to $75. Proceeds from this year’s individual ticket sales will help to support a new four-year award = – the Inspiring Leadership Academic Entrance Award, worth a total of $30,000. This undergraduate scholarship recognizes students who, through their commitment to academic success, volunteer activities, and community leadership, have demonstrated the potential to lead.

This year’s theme is “The Courage Within”, with each of the three keynote speakers sharing the role that courage has played in their lives:

  • Holly Austin Gibbs is a survivor of child sex trafficking and an advocate for survivors of all forms of human trafficking. Her book, Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery, provides insight based on Gibbs’ own experience of commercial sexual exploitation at the age of 14 in 1992, in the hope that such insight will enable professionals to offer all victims compassion and appropriate care.
  • Suki Kim is an award-winning novelist and investigative journalist, Suki Kim is the only writer ever to have lived undercover in North Korea for immersive journalism. With unprecedented access, Kim’s work sheds new light on a place that has been, for the past seventy years, completely shrouded from the eyes of the world.
  • Jen Welter is the first female coach in the U.S. National Football League. She broke a nearly impossible physical barrier in the history of modern day sports, when she became the first woman to play running back in a men's professional football season.

Pam Klein, University of Regina Chancellor, will host this year’s Inspiring Leadership Forum. She has been closely involved with the event since it began 12 years ago, and she views the move to a virtual event as a challenge that gave everyone involved an opportunity to thrive.

“Right now, we are all living in the pandemic, and we may look at our current challenges and inequities and they seem insurmountable,” says Klein. “Yet, we learn through our courage within that we can thrive. The Inspiring Leadership Forum is that moment in time when we are inspired to draw on each other’s experiences and strengths.”

Media are invited to attend the full Inspiring Leadership Forum 2021: Virtual Edition presented by TD, or individual presentations of interest. Please contact Mindy Ellis ( with your first name, last name, and email address by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2 to set up your login information and virtual event access.

*Due to contractual obligations, recording speaker presentations is strictly prohibited. Media will be allowed to capture screenshot images of the forum, and are invited to attend a short interview opportunity with Chancellor Pam Klein and all three keynote speakers, starting at 12:45 p.m.

Forum agenda for Wednesday, March 3

  • 9:00 a.m. – Forum Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 a.m. – Keynote Presentation with Holly Austin Gibbs
  • 10:10 a.m. – Keynote Presentation with Suki Kim
  • 11:25 a.m. – Keynote Presentation with Dr. Jen Welter
  • 12:15 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Wrap-up
  • 12:45 p.m. – Virtual press conference for media
    • 12:45 p.m. – Welcome and Chancellor Pam Klein will be available for questions
    • 12:55 p.m. – Holly Austin Gibbs will be available for questions
    • 1:05 p.m. – Suki Kim will be available for questions
    • 1:15 p.m. – Dr. Jen Welter will be available for questions
    • 1:25 p.m. – Press conference wrap up

2021 ILF virtual press conference access (via Zoom)

Meeting ID: 951 5985 7411
Passcode: 896193                                                                                           

For more information about the event please visit: 


About The University of Regina:

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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