Upcoming Keynote and Workshop with Samra Zafar

samra zafar is coming to london two chances to see samra


Keynote: A Good Wife, Escaping the Life I Never Chose



DATE: March 12, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
LOCATION: Western University, Faculty of Education, Auditorium Room 1050


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Keynote, Q&A

Keynote Speaker

Samra Zafar

Samra Zafar is an award-winning international speaker; bestselling author; and social entrepreneur who advocates for equity; inclusion; and human rights. Samra’s story from child bride suffering decades of abuse, to single mother working multiple jobs, to graduating top of her class is an inspirational story we all need to hear.

  • Recognized as Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada
  • Featured in the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant 2019

This is a FREE event in honour of the 40th Anniversary of the London Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse. Donations to Anova will be accepted at the door.



Workshop: How Vulnerability is Essential to Authentic Leadership


March 13, 2020 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
LOCATION: Western University, Faculty of Education, Community Room 1139

How Authenticity Creates Resilient Leadership

In our lives, workplaces, and communities, too often we find ourselves struggling to present a “perfect” self, battling imposter syndrome, dismissing accomplishments, and walking around in a prison of judgment with others holding the key. Samra explores, however, that when we embrace our vulnerabilities and show up authentically, we foster genuine trust, real connections, and collective resilience. This unlocks new potential and helps us become remarkable leaders.

How Inclusive Workplaces Can Help Change the Outcome

1 in 3 women in North America suffers from abuse. 1 in 5 people in Canada experience mental health challenges. And, all of us will lose a loved one at some point. Yet, many of these issues still aren’t spoken about openly at work. What can workplaces do to foster an environment where employees feel safe to show up authentically and ask for help without fear of judgment? By building inclusive, empathetic workplaces, we can create collective resilience where everyone wins.