RBG – Inspiring Professionalism and Leadership Lessons Learned from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Lawyers, Accountants and Business Professionnals


2.5 Hours (Professionalism – EDI) Accredited by LSO



This Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education accredited screening and discussion for lawyers and business professionals will focus on women leadership through the inspiring professionalism and leadership lessons learned from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The program will feature the 2 time Oscar nominated, Emmy and multiple other award winning/nominated film RBG as a case study. It will be followed by a panel featuring leading experts and scholars discussing the impact of women leadership on organizations and society as a whole.


This program is an accredited and/or is an eligible learning activity for the following professionals.

CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYSTS (CFA): This program qualifies for 2.5 hours of CE credits.

CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS (CPA): This program qualifies as an accredited and/or verifiable learning activity for Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA). It is recommended that you visit your professional organization’s website to ensure participation in this activity will fulfill your CPE/CPD requirements.

LAWYERS (ONTARIO): (2.5 hours of Professionalism and EDI) This program has received accreditation by the Law Society of Ontario.

This program may be eligible towards CPE/CPD requirements for other professionals. It is recommended that you visit your professional organization’s website to ensure participation in this activity will fulfill your CPE/CPD requirements.


At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans until now.




Moderated by:

Sherri Stevens
Owner and CEO, Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC)

Sherri Stevens, Owner and CEO of WXN and CBDC and Founder and President of SRG-USA, is an award-winning entrepreneur, visionary and lifelong advocate, dedicated to the advancement of diversity and inclusivity in management, executive and professional board roles. She takes great pride in the crusade to support and inspire others to lead and use their collective impact to break barriers and shatter ceilings.

As an expert on business strategy, change management, and workforce development, Sherri has been recognized by numerous professional organizations, most notably as the recipient of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Momentum, as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 in the category of Entrepreneur and has been named to the Profit W100 list 9 years running. Beyond her business accolades, Sherri’s positive impact over the years has provided meaningful work for thousands of people, helped companies sustain productive workforces and supported communities across North America!





Charlene Theodore
1st Vice-President, Ontario Bar Association & In-house Legal Counsel, Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) 

Ms. Theodore is a lawyer with a background in public policy and government relations. She started her career as a human rights lawyer, appearing before administrative tribunals and various levels of court, including Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal.  She also represented the interests of Canadians of African descent before federal and provincial legislative committees, as well as United Nations human rights treaty bodies. She then focused her practice on labour law, specializing in complex return to work and accommodation litigation. She now serves as in house counsel to one of Ontario’s largest teachers associations with a unique practice that involves both management and union side work. Her labour practice has expanded to include pensions and benefits law, advising on legal matters related to plan governance, regulatory compliance, and fiduciary duties as well as litigating benefit cases before administrative tribunals and various levels of court.

Ms. Theodore is an experienced lawyer, held in high esteem by both her clients and fellow lawyers for her ability to find practical solutions to complex legal issues, as well as the most challenging issues facing the bar and the justice system. A leader and trailblazer in the legal community, Ms. Theodore has served as a Director of both the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) and the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). Throughout her time at the OBA she focused on affecting positive change throughout legal industry for women and people of colour, leading a collaborative change initiative, “Diversity in Leadership; What Great Organizations Can Do Now” and spearheading the OBA’s Inclusive Leaders professional development program.

Her work on behalf of the OBA was recognized nationally when she was honoured with a Lexpert Zenith Award, celebrating champions for the advancement of women in the legal profession.

In September of 2020, she will start her term as President of the Ontario Bar Association, becoming only the 10th woman and the first black lawyer to lead the organization since its founding in 1907.



Joy Thomas, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, C. Dir.
CPA Canada President & CEO

Joy Thomas, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, C. Dir., is president and CEO of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), one of the largest accounting bodies in the world representing more than 217,000 members. Operating in today’s highly complex and global accounting ecosystem, CPA Canada is a convener, facilitator, contributor and disseminator of information that advances the profession. The organization works closely with domestic and international accounting bodies to champion best practices that benefit business and society.

Prior to joining CPA Canada, Joy was president and CEO of The Society of Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada), during which time she played a key role in the historic unification of Canada’s three legacy designations under the CPA banner.

Joy currently serves as a board director and member of the Planning and Finance committee of the International Federation of Accountants. In 2018, she was elected Chair of the Board on the Global Accounting Alliance and was a member of Canada’s National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy.

In 2005, Joy was named a fellow of CMA Canada, a prestigious award that recognizes CMAs who bring distinction to the profession and serve as role models. Joy was also recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners for 2018 by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).



Donna Young
Dean, Faculty of Law at Ryerson University

Donna E. Young is the inaugural dean of the Faculty of Law at Ryerson University. Her most recent position was at Albany Law School, where she was the William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and a joint faculty member at the University at Albany’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her teaching and scholarship focus on law and inequality, race and gender discrimination, and academic freedom and university governance. She has taught courses in Criminal Law, Employment Law, U.S. Federal Civil Procedure, Gender and Work, and Race, Rape Culture, and Law.

Professor Young is much sought after as a speaker and has been invited to present her work at conferences and other venues in the U.S., Canada, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany, Hungary, France, Mexico, Portugal, and the U.K. She was a staff member at the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, in Washington, D.C. and was a member of the AAUP’s Committee A, the preeminent national body setting standards and investigating academic freedom disputes in the United States.

She has been a Fellow at Cornell Law School’s Gender, Sexuality, and Family Project, a Visiting Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Institute of Feminist Legal Studies, an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Law at Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy, and a consultant to the International Development Law Organization for whom she traveled to Uganda to conduct field research on the relationship between gender inequality and law in the context of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Prior to joining the faculty at Albany Law School, Professor Young worked at Cornish Roland, a labour law firm in Toronto, at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and at the Legal Department of the City of New York, Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations. She is admitted to practice in New York State.


Zoya Zayler
Canada Inclusion & Diversity Lead, Accenture

Zoya Zayler leads Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) for Canada at Accenture where she drives Accenture’s I&D strategy and provides the organization with strategic direction to achieve its I&D goals. As an I&D thought leader, she has empowered Accenture to turn I&D commitments into actionable practices that have advanced inclusivity and resulted in sustainable change. She is passionate about fostering inclusion, ensuring equality and celebrating uniqueness.

Zoya’s background is in Human Resources, with global experience in France and in India. She holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). She was recently recognized as the 2019 CCDI D&I Practitioner of the Year, one of 2019 WXN Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women and one of HRD’s 2018 Top 22 Most Promising Young HR Professionals in Canada.



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upcoming screening

March 12, 2020
@6:30 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor St West
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1Y3