Courageous Conversations with Kanata North Tech Leaders
Mental health matters in tech companies, as it does in any other workplace. The tech industry is known for its fast-paced and demanding environment, and the nature of the work can sometimes lead to high levels of stress. Recognizing and addressing mental health concerns is crucial for fostering a positive and productive work culture which, in turn, contributes to a healthier, more innovative, and economically robust tech sector. Families also go through tough mental health challenges as loved ones, young and old alike, struggle.
Prioritizing mental health is an important conversation to have. Tech companies seem to be increasingly recognizing the importance of mental health and implementing various initiatives to support their employees. These initiatives may include employee assistance programs, mental health awareness training, flexible work arrangements, and creating a culture that encourages open communication about mental health. An empathetic and strongly connected community with accessible resources is important to building resilience.
This month we welcome the Dare To Be Vulnerable Project founded by Susan Blain – a survivor of her own personal journey and a fierce advocate for sharing and supporting stories to bust the stigma and shame around mental illness. Dare To Be Vulnerable Project is a not-for-profit driven social enterprise on a mission to remind people they’re not alone in their mental health struggles. By fostering courageous conversations, a safe space is created for people to share their stories around their mental health challenges and to let those that suffer in silence know that they are not alone.
We bring together 3 incredible local leaders who will share their personal mental health journeys and challenges. Through their stories and our panel discussion, we aim to create a safe and supportive environment, fostering a culture of compassion and understanding within our tech and business community.
Our Courageous Conversation Panelists:
- Kevin Ford – CEO, Calian Group
- Susan Richards – Co-Founder & Managing Partner of numbercrunch
- Rudi Asseer – Co-Founder & CEO, Mindstride
Please register by 12 noon on December 5th in order to help us plan.