Woman Warriors Newsletter

A Conversation on the Foundations of Leadership with Julie Shatto

This interview is featured on the Women Warriors Youtube channel. It was conducted for UAlberta course credit for Julie’s INTD 301 Foundations of Leadership. Her purpose was to create an interactive map, highlighting influential non-prototypical leaders in Canada. It was an honour to be interviewed by Julie and learn more about her family history and reclaiming her Inuit heritage and identity. 

Julie Shatto is a 3rd year student at the University of Alberta, studying honours Neuroscience. She is also completing a 2-year certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership with Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC) at the UofA. Through a STRETCH experience with PLLC this coming summer, Julie hopes to combine her science and leadership backgrounds, along with her own Inuit heritage, to advocate for culturally-relevant Indigenous healthcare in her community. 
Julie has worked as a student researcher in the areas of environmental sustainability (2019) and Neuroscience, specifically peripheral nerve injury (2020). She hopes to continue pursuing research in Neuroscience, as well as incorporating Indigenous Healthcare research into her studies in the future. 
Julie is a passionate volunteer for the University of Alberta and Stollery Children’s Hospitals. She is also an active member of UA-WiSE (Women in Science & Engineering) and the UofA student group for the Canadian Mental Health Association. In her free time, Julie uses her love for photography to share other’s stories and she can often be found outside hiking, climbing, or kayaking

Foundations of Leadership Questions

1. What is your name and title?
2. Where do you work?
3. Where are you located?
4. Which cause(s)/issue(s) have you worked with? 
5. What led you to work with those causes/issues? What mobilized you to take action?
6. What do you want other people to know about these causes/issues?
7. Which actions have you taken?
8. What outcomes did you see?
9. How did people react to your activities and leadership actions?
10. Which leadership challenges did you face?
11. What would you like to do, moving forward, with these causes/issues?
12. What would you like other people to do, moving forward, with these causes/issues?
13. Are there any leadership failures you would like to relate? If so, how do you think you could/should have addressed them?
14. Anything else you would like to add?

Julie’s contact information
Email: shatto@ualberta.ca
Twitter: @JulieShatto

Reverse Mentoring Ted Talk (2020 November).Employee diversity and inclusive leadership are goals for most organizations today, but how do we get there? Try a "reverse mentorship" program, which sets up junior team members to guide senior staff. My thoughts: Imagine if colonial institutions implemented this reverse mentoring program to better understand Indigenous perspectives in the workplace or academy? I would like to see a reverse mentoring program included in an Indigenous graduate certificate in leadership development with the outcome of sharing the mentee/mentor processes and learnings of this project. The knowledge translation could include a luncheon with all employees of a business or an open and informal virtual chat.

November 26th. This presentation was created for an associate dean of research and graduate studies that asked for my input on what an Indigenous graduate certificate should include. You can view the eight minute presentation here.

Online Courses & Videos for Indigenous Leadership Training

  1. Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc.
  2. Indigenous Women in Community Leadership – Coady International Institute. Accepting applications January 2021. 
  3. Leading Teams: Governance for Indigenous Councils and Boards – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Registration deadline January 26, 2021.
  4. What is Indigenous Evaluation – Free webinar hosted by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020. 
  5. Collaborative Leadership and Governance – Tamarack Institute. Schedule for July 3rd & July 15th, 2021. 
  6. Indigenous Leadership with Marcia Dawn (2019) – UBC Learning Circle.
  7. Indigenous Leadership and Gender in the 21st Century (2017) – Jennifer Nez Denetdale (Diné) is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. 
  8. Leading with Empathy & Allyship: Supporting Indigenous Power, Leadership & Community (2019) – Vanessa Roanhorse, CEO at Roanhorse Consulting.
  9. Indigenous Leadership Initiative – Indigenous guardian environmental monitoring and protection of lands and natural resources.
  10. Six Ways BIPOC Women Can Advocate for Themselves in the Workplace (November 2020) – PureWow Website.