A Conversation with Dr. Martha Piper and Dr. Indira Samarasekera
UBC alumni Martha Piper, OC, OBC, LLD’07, and Indira Samarasekera, OC, PhD’80, LLD’06, have held a range of leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, from directors of some of Canada’s largest market cap companies, to presidents of two of Canada’s largest and most respected research universities. They knew these career journeys might not be easy, but they still embraced the opportunities that came their way, and had the nerve to lead.
In their new book, Nerve: Lessons on leadership from two women who went first, they share the paths that led to where they are today, the personal and professional experiences that shaped them as leaders, and what they’ve learned through their journeys. For UBC Homecoming 2021, they will come together for a virtual conversation, moderated by The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, QC, BA’69, LLB’83, LLD’00, that will inspire those at any stage in their career. Whether you are in your early days of charting your path, in the midst of your career journey, or moving on from leadership positions to the next stage in your life, this is not a conversation to miss.
All are welcome for this intimate discussion with two influential and inspiring leaders as they share their career experiences, hard-won advice, and inspirational achievements through readings from their new book and candid conversations with budding and established leaders.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
10:30 am-12:00 pm PDT
Open to everyone. Registration is required.
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Dr. Martha Piper, OC, OBC, LLD’07
Martha Piper served as the first woman president of the University of British Columbia and has been a director of the Bank of Montreal, Shoppers Drug Mart, and TransAlta Corporation. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she was born in Lorain, Ohio, and lives with her husband, William Piper, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Dr. Indira Samarasekera, OC, PhD’80, LLD’06
Indira Samarasekera served as the first woman president of the University of Alberta and is a director of Magna International, TC Energy, and Stelco and has served as a director of the Bank of Nova Scotia. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, QC, BA’69, LLB’83, LLD’00
After holding elected office at all three levels of Canadian government, Kim Campbell served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister in 1993.
She previously held cabinet portfolios as Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of National Defence and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios and the first woman to be Defence minister of a NATO country.
After her tenure as Prime Minister, Campbell was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics (spring 1994) and the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Study of Press and Politics (1994-1995) at the Harvard Kennedy School. She served as the Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles (1996-2000), then returned to Harvard to teach at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School (2001-2004).
Kim Campbell is a founding member of the Club of Madrid, now the largest international forum of former heads of government and state who work to promote democratic values. After serving as Acting President (2002), Secretary General (2004-2006) Vice President and a member of the Board (2007-2011) she returned to the Board in 2019.
Among her involvement in international organizations focused on democracy and security issues, Kim Campbell chaired the Steering Committee for the World Movement for Democracy in Washington, DC from 2008-2015, and is a Trustee of the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College, London.
Ms. Campbell is a member and Chair Emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (1999-2003). The Council’s membership comprises women who hold, or have held, the office of President or Prime Minister. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement, and served as its global president (2003-2005). She was inducted into the IWF Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ms. Campbell’s most notable achievement in recent years has been the design and launch of a ground-breaking leadership program for undergraduates at the University of Alberta: The Peter Lougheed Leadership College. She served as its Founding Principal from the 2014-2018.
In 2016 Kim Campbell was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to serve as Chairperson of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments, a role she has reprised three times since, most recently in Spring 2021.
Ms. Campbell is a member of the board of directors for Athenex, a biopharmaceutical company based in Buffalo, NY. (NASDAQ “ATNX”). Her corporate director experience also includes the high-tech, biotech, and medical devices industries.
Kim Campbell lives with her husband- pianist, actor, playwright, composer and producer Hershey Felder in Florence, Italy.
The fourth edition of her best-selling political memoir Time and Chance is available on Amazon Kindle.
The book Nerve: Lessons on leadership from two women who went first will be released on September 14th. You can pre-order or purchase the book from the UBC Bookstore, Indigo, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble (U.S.), and additional vendors worldwide. For more information, go to www.nerve2021.com/shop.