On Thursday, May 25, 2017, Sheri McKillop, Associate Dean of the Sandermoen School of Business, presented at the 11th annual Women in Leadership Conference series in Halifax, NS. Prominent speakers representing a variety of industries and talents delivered talks at the conference with a goal to provide professional women with strategies to help them become more effective leaders.
Dean McKillop became involved 5-years ago when the parent company, FCI – CWI (Femmes de Carrière en Interaction, Career Women Interaction), first invited her to speak at the conference. She enjoyed the chance to collaborate with professional women and found the format of this program was well suited to networking.
The focus of the conference was Making an Impact, and topics for conference speeches were carefully selected and presented to the speakers to choose. Dean McKillop chose a topic of interest to her and significance to her workplace, “Creating a mentally healthy workplace.”
“Conversations happen a lot at UFred. Our Psychological Health and Safety courses are required onboarding for all new employees,” said McKillop, “with events such as the YFC Runway Run, and allowing for time away from work to participate in Kindness Day, UFred exhibits its commitment to keep the conversation about mental health going.”
There is an estimated $51 billion annual cost to the Canadian economy for mental health issues, which illustrates the need for more education. Dean McKillop shared that UFred encourages open communication regarding mental health issues.
In sharing her experience working with UFred to foster this commitment to psychological health, McKillop hopes to encourage other workplaces to explore how they can improve in this area as well.