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The University of Regina's Inspiring Leadership Forum is a premier leadership development event that provides an opportunity for people around Saskatchewan and beyond to hear the inspirational stories of internationally renowned leaders.

2019 Inspiring Leadership Forum: Defying the Odds

The 10th annual Inspiring Leadership Forum features two inspiring events. Plan to attend either event or join us for both.


An Evening and Dinner with Mira Sorvino

March 5, 2019
The Terrace, Innovation Place
10 Research Drive
Regina, SK

Inspiring Leadership Forum:
Defying the Odds

March 6, 2019
International Trade Centre, Evraz Place
1700 Elphinstone Street
Regina, SK

New for 2019! An Evening and Dinner with Mira Sorvino (March 5)

Mira Sorvino

Academy Award-winning actress and human rights advocate

Mira Sorvino is an Academy Award-winning actress, documentary filmmaker, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, silence breaker and passionate voice of the #MeToo movement and lifelong champion of victims of social injustice. Raised in a family of activists, her social conscience was ignited by her mother’s participation in the march on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It served as a catalyst for her own social activism and a lifetime of serving others.

2019 Inspiring Leadership Forum Keynote Speakers (March 6)

Jann Arden

Canadian singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author

The multi-platinum award-winning artist in 2017 released the Canadian best-seller Feeding My Mother – Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss. The book shares insights, loss, irony, and yes humour, as mother and daughter face the journey together.

Elizabeth Smart

Author of the New York Times best-seller My Story

My Story tells of being kidnapped at 14 and held in captivity for nine months. Now 31, Elizabeth is a child-safety advocate. She focuses on overcoming extreme adversity and not letting her past
dictate her future.

Cheryl Strayed

Author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Wild

Wild was made into the Oscar-nominated film starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and was the first selection for Oprah’s 2.0 Bookclub. Cheryl tells her inspiring story of an 1,100 mile solo journey on the rugged Pacific Coast Trail.

Molly Thomas, Emcee

Award-winning freelance television host, correspondent, and producer

Molly Thomas spends time as a LIVE news anchor and reporter for CTV News Channel, which includes the 24-hour news station and CTV’s national morning show Your Morning. She also contributes to the national, faith-based current affairs show Context with Lorna Dueck.

Inspiring Leadership Forum Special Presentation

In addition to the keynote presentations, full-day Forum attendees will take in a special presentation – a one-on-one interview featuring University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons.

The interview will shed light on how Dr. Timmons became one of Canada’s Top 100 Women and a recognized advocate for women in leadership, equality, and inclusion.