Shalom Life | May 17, 2015

Wonderful Women Event Raises Funds for Female Scientists

Hosted by Weizmann Canada's Women and Science committee, the Toronto event included a panel discussion featuring Lainey Lui, Marnie McBean, and others

By: Shalom Life Staff

Published: May 15th, 2015 in Business » World

Photo: The Weizmann Wonderful Woman Panel Dr. Hagar Landsman. Beth S. Horowitz, Marnie McBean, Lainey Lui and Pattie Lovett-Reid

Credit: Gil Tamin Photography


The Wonderful Women event, hosted by Weizmann Canada's Women and Science committee, hosted over 250 guests in Toronto recently.

Weizmann's National Executive Director, Susan Stern, paraphrased it well. "This event is meant to pay tribute to outstanding women who are leaders in their fields and provide great role models," she said. "Our goal is that our audience finds inspiration in these stories; I have no doubt that there will be many insightful takeaways."


Vanessa Iarocci, Presenting Sponsor, TD Bank

Attendees were invited to hear an insightful panel discussion that featured Lainey Lui, co-host of CTV's The Social Reporter for ETALK, Marnie McBean, decorated Olympian, Dr. Hagar Landman, Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at Weizmann Institute of Science, Beth S. Horowitz, former President & CEO, Amex Bank of Canada, and Pattie Lovett-Reid, Chief Financial Commentator at CTV News, who served as moderator of the event.

Funds raised at the event were gathered for two female scientists, who will be completing their postdoctoral training at leading international institutions for two years. The objective of the award, which includes a grant to the recipients, is to promote women in science, and to provide a strong role model to motivate and encourage the next generation of young female scientists, which is truly an important initiative that Weizmann endorses.

“The Weizmann Institute of Science prides itself on helping women close the gender gap in the higher ranks of academia. We were delighted to have such an eclectic, intelligent and insightful panel to join us and help raise funds for such an important cause,” said Michele Atlin, Chair of the Women and Science committee of Weizmann Canada.


Michele Atlin and Jeannie Tanenbaum

Guests were also treated to cocktails, and delicious dessert reception. Lainey Lui was on hand for an exclusive book signing afterwards and all were given a complimentary copy of her book: Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of).

Throughout the discussion, speakers recalled the highlights and challenges that they faced in their respective fields, balancing a family and career and “trying to have it all.”

The Weizmann Institute of Science, a non-profit based in Rehovot, Israel is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary institutes of basic research, with chapters in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Weizmann scientists have made a global impact in a variety of areas ranging from health and medicine to alternative energy and security and technology.

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