Lessons on Leadership with Martha Piper, Indira Samarasekera & Joy Johnson

A conversation, Q&A and book launch for “Nerve: Lessons on Leadership from Two Women Who Went First”




What does it take to break the glass ceiling? While women have earned more representation in higher education as students and faculty, there is still a distinct lack of women in leadership roles. Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera were both the first female presidents of their respective universities and, so far, the only female presidents at each school. Now, they are sharing their collective learnings with their book Nerve: Lessons on Leadership From Two Women Who Went First. The book will be launched with a conversation and Q&A hosted by current SFU president Joy Johnson, where they will discuss the book’s themes and their personal experiences as leaders in education.

This event will be livestreamed for online audiences from SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. A link and password to access the livestream will be emailed to all livestream registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.
There are also a limited number of tickets to attend in person, as per current indoor event capacity restrictions under B.C.’s Public Health Act. The in-person event includes an optional pre-event reception and post-event book signing.


5:30–6:00 p.m.: Pre-event reception (in person)

6:00–7:00 p.m.: Livestreamed conversation and Q&A (in person and online)

7:00–7:30 p.m.: Post-event reception and book signing (in person)

The event is finished.


Oct 15 2021


9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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