SWIFT – Day Two – January 15, 2022

Effective Career Strategies for Women in Film
Instructor: Natasha Tony, Principal CEO · Elevate Inclusion Strategies

Date: Saturday January 15, 2022
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm (9:00am – 10:00am – Participant registration and Continental Breakfast)

Location: RRC Polytech’s Innovation Centre (known as Manitou a bi Bii daziigae)
Address: 319 Elgin Ave
Room: Roundhouse Auditorium

Cost: Up to maximum of 60 participants must pre-register with SWIFT’s training partners IATSE 856, DGC-MDC, ACTRA & ICG 669 to attend this session.

Lunch: Catered lunch (During lunch panel – 12:30pm to 1:30pm)

    Opening Program for Day 2:

10:00am – Opening remarks from FTM’s SWIFT Chair Carrie Wilkins (emcee for opening program)

Opening Greetings: Rachel Rusen, CEO and Film Commissioner, Manitoba Film & Music
extends her greetings and introduces Minister Cathy Cox (Sport, Culture and Heritage / Status of Women)

Introduction of Course Instructor Natasha Tony

Effective Career Strategies for Women in Film – Course description:

During this one-day training course FTM SWIFT instructor Natasha Tony will teach the participants how they can develop and execute strategies on career advancement within Manitoba’s film industry.

In a positive and supportive class dynamic, the instructor will engage with the participants and discuss overcoming workplace related challenges and how to move your career forward in a professional and focused manner.

Topics Covered:
• Underlining barriers and challenges women face
• How-to covert challenges within jobs and careers to opportunities
• Approach and target jobs and promotions within the film industry
• How to overcome invisible barriers and advocate for yourself through self-promotion (Specific tips for the film industry).
• How to overcome effective motivation and coping strategies when confronting challenges and problems within production
• Assertiveness within the film industry: How to communicate with other crew and film personnel, how to work with allies and instilling confidence based on ability.

About the instructor: Natasha Tony

Founder and Principal of Elevate, Natasha Tony is a sought-after mediator, leadership coach, award winning trainer, and experienced labour relations specialist who has advanced the discussion on how to build inclusive organizations. With her commitment to intersectionality, Natasha goes beyond diversity programming and sets up organizations for true inclusion.
A graduate of the Labour Relations certificate program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Natasha has rounded out her education through mediation, negotiation and coaching programs offered by the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Natasha’s former career as an extras casting director piqued her interest in diversity. Subsequently, she held a labour relations role for almost a decade with IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), a union representing members of the film, television, and entertainment arts.
An acclaimed trainer and facilitator and leadership coach, Natasha is also a charismatic and much sought-after speaker and commentator on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and respectful workplaces.
From 12:30pm to 1:30pm there will be a one-hour panel discussion:

    Overcome invisible barriers, advocate for yourself and build confidence

5:00pm – 6:30pm – Reception

Please note: FTM’s SWIFT is an in-person conference and will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination along with mandatory masks. All participants will be checking in with a COVID-19 Supervisor.

FTM is a non-for-profit charity of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program through the Department of Economic Development and Jobs. FTM builds a highly skilled and adaptable film industry workforce to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community.

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