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The world needs purposeful empathy

Tools for a better future and a more meaningful life

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

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Anita Nowak, GrDip 99


This event is free


University Advancement



Tuesday, October 27

Join empathy expert, author and speaker, award-winning educator and social impact coach, Anita Nowak, GrDip 99, for a webinar about the power and positive effect of purposeful empathy.

Over the past few months, our society’s empathy deficit has been laid bare – and it is staggering. However, we have also seen millions galvanized  into action over systemic racism, food insecurity and social determinants of health.

Drawing from neuroscience, spirituality, leadership studies, positive psychology and the frontlines of social action, this webinar will explore the intersection of personal development and social transformation. Anita’s goal is to offer participants tools to lead with purposeful empathy for a better future and a more meaningful life.

Anita Nowak, GrDip 99

Anita Nowak, PhD, is an empathy expert and award-winning educator at McGill University dedicated to next-gen leadership. She is a sought-after speaker whose TEDx talks have attracted 85,000+ views and her first book, Purposeful Empathy, will be published in 2021.

Anita is a Fellow with the International Women’s Forum and a certified coach who advises wealthy families to wield their philanthropy for social impact and advises C-suite executives about empathy. She facilitates workshops with ease, moderates panel discussions with enthusiasm and delivers powerful keynote addresses. She is a compelling media commentator and has been interviewed by several media outlets.

For the past fifteen years, Anita has held various leadership roles in higher education dedicated to social innovation. Most recently, Anita was responsible for a prestigious undergraduate Fellowship program that advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For more than two decades, Anita has served a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Climate Reality Project and Room to Read. She is currently an advisor to the Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development.

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