How to Talk about Politics Panel

Want to learn how to build bridges and communicate effectively with people from different ends of the political spectrum?

The Women’s Centre is hosting a panel for women in Calgary to learn about interpersonal communication tools and tactics for meaningful conversations. With Facebook and Twitter algorithms changing the way we connect, it is easy to surround yourself with like-minded individuals and live within a filtered bubble, which means we have fewer opportunities to engage with others who see the world differently than us. Join us for an opportunity to gain skills on speaking persuasively about the issues you care about.

With a provincial election set to take place sometime this spring, topics like gender equity, LGBTQ rights, climate justice, and poverty will undoubtedly continue to make headlines and launch challenging (and sometimes divisive) conversations. Experienced advocates, debaters and decision makers will share what’s worked for them in the quest to connect with unlikely allies. Panelist will share stories and answer questions about how to talk about politics in Alberta.

Panelists include:

Councillor Jyoti Gondek was elected to serve Ward 3 in October of 2017. Prior to that she was the Director of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business where she established a unique program to bring students and professionals together in building strong and prosperous cities. For 12 years prior, she provided research-based consulting services ranging from creating complete communities to fostering healthy corporate cultures. Jyoti’s academic training includes an undergraduate degree in sociology and criminology, an MA in organizational sociology that examined corporate social responsibility, and a PhD in urban sociology.

Julie Hrdlicka is the mom of two wonderful, weird and wacky kids Hendrix 9 and Scarlett 7.  Beyond being a mom, Julie is the Calgary Board of Education Trustee for Wards 11 and 13. Julie’s priority is kids. Whether as mom or as Trustee she works to create environments and opportunities for kids to have fun, celebrate who they are, and engage in learning.”

This event is free and open to anyone who identifies as a woman. Snacks will be provided.

We would like to acknowledge that the Women’s Centre is situated on the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 First Nations people and is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

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How to Talk about Politics Panel