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Quantum Leaps: Girls in STEAM and Leadership Conference is a virtual and FREE event for all girls in the Kootenay Boundary in grades 8 to 12. Organized by GLOWS (the Kootenay Association for Science & Technology’s youth program), this virtual conference is a community-led initiative taking place on March 8 from 3:30 -8 pm PST. Participants in this engaging interactive online conference will meet and listen to female STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) professionals and learn about their inspiring journeys, remarkable achievements  and industry insights.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias, urging us to imagine a gender equal world. This year’s event will help girls realize that together we can forge women’s equality as we raise awareness against bias, take action for equality and celebrate women’s achievements. Aligning with this year’s theme, GLOWS celebrates women in STEAM and aims to inspire, educate and introduce participants to a variety of STEAM-focused education and career pathways led by women. At Quantum Leaps 2022, we’re going to #BreakTheBias even further by enhancing the conversation around gender gaps and highlighting the different roles women can play in healthcare.

After the tremendous success of last year’s virtual event and still in the midst of a global pandemic, Quantum Leaps will once again be utilizing the web platform, Gather, to host this year’s event. GLOWS continues to emphasize the importance of connection and belonging and highlight regional relationship-building opportunities. This interactive platform will allow participants to move around the virtual space with a 2D avatar and interactions with their webcam and microphone are possible when they’re in the same virtual space as another participant.

When participants register, they’ll have the opportunity to “choose their own adventure” for a custom Quantum Leaps experience.


Keynote Speaker:

The Possibilities of Practicing Medicine – Dr. Shelina Musaji, Family Physician Kaslo



Statistics to Stories – Michelle Spencer

Pathway to a PHD: Biomedical Engineering – Jennifer Sun

Health: How Video Games help us channel our emotions, skills and habits – Aura Romay

Online Harassment and You – Jae Euteneier

From Music to Medical: It’s Okay if You Don’t Know! – Emily Lankhorst

Pathways to Health Entrepreneurship – Cindy Lazenby

Safety + the Trades – A Lifelong Journey – Gabrielle Herle + Nicole Wiet Health


Panel Discussion:

Discover Rural Pre-Medicine – Takaia Larsen with current Rural Pre-Medicine Program Students & Alumni


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