What does it take to raise confident women in today’s society?

By Doina Oncel on May 24, 2016 under Math Success

DSC00679Being a young woman in today’s society is not an easy and effortless thing to be. Although there were some attempts by a few brands to use the media to tell women that they are sufficient  just by being themselves, the messages that we are not good enough as women are still predominant. Based on many conducted surveys, young women are faced with the challenge of belonging in the society and, in order to feel accepted, some of them go to extreme measures.

What we know for sure is that positive self esteem is a key source to change the way women look at themselves. Confidence attracts excellence and vice-versa. What does it take to raise confident women in today’s society?


Investing in education for girls is one major component in overcoming the self esteem struggle. However, if we still use the same teaching methods that were used centuries ago we will not be able to see positive results, we will not be able to disrupt a movement or revolutionize the way young women will be influenced to learn about themselves and their roles in society.  Education has to become main concern at home with parental involvement.  Parents need to take a stand in their daughters’  learning and teaching young women to read between the lines is crucial to how they will see the world and themselves.  21st Century Learning is an important factor which is overseen in schools today. Books still reflect the men of the society from the past who are recognized as innovators while the women who’ve made an equal or greater impact have been neglected.


#STEMSpark, Beautiful Minds and Beating Hearts: Meet Toronto native Ayman Nadeem of Khan Academy.

By Dorothy Nixon on September 13, 2015 under Engineering Math Science STEM Spark

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Ayman Nadeem is a firm believer in social justice. It is fitting, then, that the University of Waterloo engineering graduate (2014 Class Valedictorian) has recently joined the future-gazing team at Khan Academy as a product manager.

Ayman, who is also a rapper and fitness enthusiast, spent the summer of 2014 in Istanbul, tutoring children at an orphanage. She chronicled the experience in her blog.

The vibrant, philosophical young woman, a daughter of Pakistani immigrants, exchanged thoughts with hEr VOLUTION about her own years in school in Toronto struggling with a learning disability and about her evolving ideas on education and technology.READ MORE

hEr VOLUTION Appoints 5 Prominent Canadian Women to STEM Advisory Board

By Doina Oncel on April 21, 2015 under Math Mathematics

April 21, 2015 TORONTO, CANADA – hEr VOLUTION continues to grow, lead and inspire young Canadian women to pursue activities and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We are proud to announce the appointment of our strategic advisory board.

Attracting community leaders of this caliber to champion the awareness of women in STEM is a testament to our mission and the advancement of women in STEM in Canada,” said Doina Oncel, founder hEr VOLUTION.

The five members of the hEr VOLUTION strategic advisory board are:

Anastasia Valentine is an award-winning technology executive bringing ideas to launch in the technology sector for over 20 years. She has a solid track record of leading high performing teams to create innovative and profitable products with companies such as Cognos, IBM and in the global startup community. Anastasia is a respected thought leader on topics such as innovation, digital marketing strategy and technology and is the host of the Business Accelerator Lab – Disrupt and AVV Biz Talk Radio podcasts. Anastasia also writes for Online Marketing Success Magazine, MOMeo Magazine, Brazen Woman and the Business Accelerator Lab.

Leigh Mitchell is Founder and President of Women in Biz Network and a passionate relationship marketer and storyteller who specializes in helping business owners and bloggers define and amplify their value and message. Leigh is drawn to connecting her community across North America and in person throughout Canada. Her career has led her to successfully work with major brands such as GM Canada, Microsoft Canada, Telus, Johnson & Johnson, Maple Leaf Foods, TD Canada Trust, Staples Canada and Random House.

Ainka Jess is a strategic communicator with over 9 years of communications and journalism experience. Throughout her career, she has helped companies like CBC and Manulife, advance their brands, engage with communities/customers and effectively articulate their stories in the media. She is a Twitter evangelist and enjoys keeping on the pulse of the latest social media trends.

Azam Shaghaghi is a visionary entrepreneur and the 2005 world invention 2nd & 3rd place contest winner. As a leader, Azam is involved in many leadership positions and is currently on the board of directors at Space Tourism Society Canada as CEO & President.

Georgianna Kelly is a social service worker and an educator who has been working professionally with racialized and marginalized children and youth since 2007. She has a diploma in Social Service Work from George Brown College in Toronto as well as a B.A. in Sociology from York University. Georgianna continues to demonstrate her passion for facilitating the development of children and youth by involving herself in initiatives which provide life changing experiences.

The hEr VOLUTION Strategic Advisory board is responsible for providing leadership, insight and direction in the management and execution of the hEr VOLUTION organization, programs, and initiatives.


hEr VOLUTION is a not for profit organization providing innovative education and employment services to girls and young women in STEM. Our mission is to increase the value placed on STEM education for young women in Canada, improve government involvement and support, and to encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM-based careers. For more information, visit http://www.hervolution.org.

For media interviews regarding this announcement or women in STEM please contact:

Anastasia Valentine