Lean In Steps Up to Empower

The Sustainable Development Goals Certification Advocate Training is tonight, November 23rd from 6:00-9:30pm in the TRU Mountain Room. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for community, and $250 for regular admission. For more information please visit here. For tickets and information please visit Eventbrite.

Some of the UN’s Sustainability goals include: No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, clean water and sanitation

Keynote speakers of tonight’s event include: A United Nations representative, a senior policy analyst, Hunger Project’s Mary Kate Costello, who is a specialist in community-led development and Steve Lee, a Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability (Corporate Knights) who was personally trained by Al Gore.


Emiko Ohama, president of the TRUSU Lean In – Leadership for Gender Equality Club, is an effervescent and enthusiastic figure on campus and in the community.

The Bachelor of Human Kinetics in Clinical Exercise Science and Health Promotion graduate is motivated to turn ideas into action. She also encourages others to become engaged in community efforts. “It’s really quite simple – extend yourself to help others.”

As the driving force behind the International Women’s Day Empower Conference this past March, Emiko said, “Conversations about health, wellness, leadership and gender equality are our top focuses.”

Her vision of the event was to unify and inspire participants—including educators, professionals, athletes, student leaders and community representatives. The conference also benefit both employers and potential employees; the event offered numerous networking, recruitment and mentorship opportunities. “My goal is to empower attendees through successful skill building sessions. No matter how much life experience you have, you’ll learn something new to take away.”

The conference boasted three keynote speakers: United Nations Policy Advocate, Climate Change Activist and Global Speaker Steve S.J. Lee; Internationally Award Winning Speaker and Career Strategist Courtney Kirschbaum; and Psychic Medium, Michelle Morrison.


Emiko recently attended the Commission on the Status of Women’s Youth Forum on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development in March at the UN Headquarters in New York. She has returned and has helped plan the Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Training Conference.

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