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CMS Professional Development Series

The CMS Professional Development Series is a small number of workshops held at each meeting (whenever possible) to offer CMS Members and meeting attendees the opportunity to broaden their career perspectives, and help develop competencies in communication, self-awareness, professional adaptability, leadership, and professionalism. Each attendee will receive a CMS Professional Development Series certificate of completion after each workshop. Each workshop includes a snack break with the rate. 

Morning Session

Ditch the Imposter Syndrome

Friday June 2 | 9am - 11:00am

Nutrition Break provided

Do you feel that you do not deserve your achievements?
Do you secretly worry that people will find out you are not worthy?
Have you dismissed your success as luck or timing?

If you said yes to any of the above, you have likely experienced a form of Imposter Syndrome. That persistent feeling of self-doubt, inadequacy, and unworthiness that haunts you and leaves your self-esteem in the gutter,
even though there is definitive proof that your achievements are the result of your contributions, talent, and hard work.

Don’t worry; you’re not alone.

Join this interactive workshop to: 

  • Understand what Imposter Syndrome is.

  • Recognize different competence types and if you relate to them.

  • Learn powerful strategies to address this negative dynamic that is thwarting your career growth.

  • Develop an action plan to overcome Imposter Syndrome.


Richa Bansal

Founder and CEO, Pinkcareers

Richa Bansal is a seasoned professional with a decade of experience working with the largest oilfield and e-commerce companies in the world.

As one of the only women in the room for most of her career, Richa has seen first-hand the struggles of women as they navigate the corporate ladder. In 2019, she founded Pinkcareers with a mission to close the gender gap in the c-suite. All Pinkcareers’ programs are anchored in no-fluff, actionable career advice and research-based curriculum. Through her social enterprise, Richa has partnered with multiple Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, universities, and the Government of Canada to deliver her programs to 3000+ professional women. She particularly loves to speak about the power of personal branding, ditching imposter syndrome, and managing up for accelerating career growth.

Richa earned a Bachelor’s from IIT Delhi in India, a Master’s from Purdue University, and an MBA from Rice University. When she is not working on Pinkcareers, she loves to travel the world with her husband and two little boys. To learn more about Pinkcareers’ programs, visit or reach out at





Afternoon Session

Indigenous Experiences in the Classroom

Friday June 2 | 1pm - 3pm

Coffee and Nutrition Break Provided

This workshop focuses on how faculty can mitigate difficult conversations regarding Indigenous content in the classroom and support Indigenous students. Indigenous students often face ignorance and/or racial micro-aggressions in the classroom that can be traumatic. These sessions will help inform faculty on how to navigate challenging situations and support Indigenous students in the classroom.

Sheila Grantham

Sheila Grantham is a Metis PhD candidate and her dissertation focuses on decolonizing education. She has over 20 years experience working with Indigenous community, national and provincial organizations. She has previously taught courses in Indigenous studies and Human Rights at Carleton University. In her current role, she looks forward to working with the Algonquin College community to assist in providing supports, tools and resources for those wishing to incorporate Indigenous pedagogy and curriculum into the classroom.


Indigenous Pedagogy and Curriculum Consultant

PhD candidate within Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University


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