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Inspiring Leadership Forum 2021: Virtual Edition
University of Regina

Inspiring Leadership Forum 2021: Virtual Edition presented by TD

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The University of Regina’s Inspiring Leadership Forum is a premier leadership development event that is focused on women, and those who identify as women, in leadership. It’s about leadership – the challenges we face, the strengths we possess, our resilience and compassion, and the common experiences that tie us together. This forum brings people together from Saskatchewan and beyond to hear the inspirational stories of internationally renowned leaders, to connect with others and, in so doing, support the development of future young leaders through the scholarships funded by this forum.

To all registered attendees

You will receive important event login information via email on February 24 and March 1.

If you do not receive either email, please contact us by phone at (306) 585-4503 and we can assist you.

About the Inspiring Leadership Forum in 2021

Join us on March 3, 2021!

With everything that has happened in the world since our last Inspiring Leadership Forum, we realized that an in-person event would likely not be possible in 2021. Disappointed but determined, we got right to work figuring out how we could reimagine the Inspiring Leadership Forum and deliver it in a virtual format.

Interest in topics related to women in leadership and gender equality have not gone away with the pandemic. In fact, conversations on these topics are more important than ever. And so, this year we are excited to present the University of Regina’s Inspiring Leadership Forum: Virtual Edition presented by TD on March 3, 2021. The theme for this year is The Courage Within.

This year’s event has been re-formatted to a half-day virtual event consisting of three 30-minute keynote presentations, with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions after each presentation. Individual tickets are only $75, with proceeds supporting a new four-year academic entrance scholarship for students attending the University of Regina. The first scholarship will be awarded in the 2021 Fall semester.

Introducing Our Speakers

Holly Austin Gibbs

Holly Austin Gibbs

Survivor of and Advocate Against Human Trafficking

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.
Read more about Holly Austin Gibbs

Speaker's Spotlight

What does leadership mean to you? Holly Austin Gibbs speaks to the key qualities inspiring leaders possess.

Suki Kim

Suki Kim

Journalist and Award-winning Author Undercover in North Korea

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.
Read more about Suki Kim

Speaker's Spotlight

What is courage? Suki Kim reveals the most courageous thing she's ever done and how she's used courage to overcome fear.

Dr. Jen Welter

Dr. Jen Welter

Trailblazer and Pioneer - First Female Coach in the NFL

Etched in the record books as the first female coach in the U.S. National Football League, Dr. Jen Welter 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.
Read more about Dr. Jen Welter

Speaker's Spotlight

What does the future hold for female coaches in male sporting teams? Dr. Jen Welter shares her insight in debunking the myth that men in one of the roughest, toughest sports won't take coaching from a woman.


Registration for the Inspiring Leadership Forum 2021 is now closed.

Forum Schedule

View the virtual forum's half-day schedule for speakers and breaks.


This year's speakers are Holly Austin Gibbs, Suki Kim and Dr. Jen Welter.

Academic Entrance Award

The proceeds from this year’s event will support the new Inspiring Leadership Academic Entrance Award. Make a donation and help students achieve their post-secondary education goals.


Thank you to all our sponsors.