SheLeadsTech Series: Breaking the Glass Ceiling through Advocacy




She Leads Tech Panel Discussion


In a field where demographics say that there are too few women, creating and retaining a pipeline of talent means we must ensure that women are being recognized and that there are other women to look up to. There are already many incredible women who are already breaking for diversity across sectors despite the invisible barrier.

We have invited several women Technology leaders in North America to discuss their experiences, challenges, progress and views highlighting the importance of Advocacy in their careers, how others advocated for them, how they are now advocating for others, and answer the question… where do we go from here?


Sandy (Becerra) Torchia is the National Managing Partner for Advisory at KPMG US and responsible for responsible for advancing our Advisory strategy – driving growth and innovation as well as developing a diverse and inclusive culture.

Alice Thomas is the Chief Digital Technology Officer at Sun Life Financial.  Alice joined Sun Life in 2007 and has over 30 years of experience in technology, the last twenty five years focused on digital strategy and solutions.

Nazia Sharin is a Senior Director of Strategy & Delivery at Royal Bank of Canada and she is also an Adjunct Professor at the University for Toronto. She is a transformation leader who has moved across RBC over the last 15 years as a Change agent with a focus on data and digital transformation. Her current role at RBC focuses on regulatory transformation and Data Governance strategy for Personal & Commercial banking. She graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Toronto (UofT) specializing in Software Engineering and also has a Masters from UofT on Information Systems Design, Analysis and Management. In 2020, she was voted WXN’s Top 100 most powerful Women. She also chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for her division at RBC and sits on the board of Social Planning Toronto.

Traci Van Geel Traci has been involved in digital transformations from many different perspectives with over 30 years of technology experience. The evolution of IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity is one of Traci’s passions, and her experience in multinational companies in various industries has brought her to level of Global Director of Security, Risk and Compliance. Recently Traci has decided to focus on security and IT programs delivering social and ecological improvements in Canada. As a consultant she will be instrumental in reducing energy poverty in Nova Scotia and improving outcomes to marginalised residents there. Traci’s goal is to leave the world in a better place than she found it.

Adam Rodricks (Host) is an international award-winning social media strategist and speaker who has transformed “word of mouth” into a world of mouth for Fortune 500 companies. He’s the National Lead of Digital Marketing Services at KPMG in Canada. In his spare time, Adam teaches the LinkedIn fundamentals course at George Brown College and serves as a Program Advisor on Digital Engagement Strategy at Centennial College.

Adam has spent the last decade working as a Digital and Social strategist with such brands as Toronto Star, American Express and Staples Canada. His work as a social media influencer has been featured on CBC, CTV, Yahoo, BNN, DigitalJournal.com, MaximumPC, WhatCulture.com, Staples.com, Nintendo.ca and his own site: www.adamrodricks.com

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