August 3, 2019



The “How to be WiSE Podcast” is the newest project from Queen’s WiSE! HTBW is a bi-weekly podcast featuring exclusive interviews from inspirational women working, teaching, and studying in STEM fields. The interviewees will vary from professors and students at Queen’s to industry professionals. We all have a common goal here at the HTBW Podcast – to inspire and empower women and young girls. If you have an interest in science, engineering, or just want to know more about what amazing things women can do – this podcast is for you! Episodes will be released every second Monday at 6 PM! Like our page and subscribe to the podcast through Spotify, Google Podcasts, iTunes, Stitcher and RSS.

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In this episode, professor Allison Daley discusses making geology and academic positions more inclusive for everyone, career advice, and her research in evolutionary biology.

In this episode, manufacturing engineer Katelyn Dimmell talks about the value of cooperation, healthy and unhealthy competition, and sustainability.


In this episode, Jalina Bielaska-Da Silva discusses her career change to teaching from a PhD, what makes for effective learning, and the importance of artistic skills in STEM work.

In this episode, university professor Imogen Coe talks about reframing inclusivity in STEM, sponsorship instead of mentorship, and what inspired her to become an advocate.

In this episode, Canaport GM Courtney Jones reflects on the major decisions of her career, how she and her engineer husband balanced their jobs, and the future of the energy sector. 

In this episode, dental student Bella Marsin discusses the importance of exercise and community support, being flexible with your career prospects, and her hopes for the field of dentistry in the future.

For our first episode of season 4, our new host Emilia interviewed the president and VPs Kat, Leah, and Kate about how joining WiSE changed their lives and where they plan to take the team this year. Along the way, we discussed the mindset changes they experienced through undergrad, networking tips, and facing challenges with a smile.

In this final episode of season 3 the WiSE podcast team Claudia, Joelle, Matilda, and Skyler discuss tips for online school, stress dreams, their future plans, and well wishes for next year’s podcast team.

In this episode Stephanie Thompson, an Engineering Team Leader at General Motors, discusses her passion for introducing women to STEM, how to view failure differently, and the importance of lifelong learning.

This episode features Victoria Wu, the former Co-Chair of Queen’s Women in Computing (QWIC) and Ellie Sekine, the current Co-Chair of QWIC. Here Victoria and Ellie speak on their experience in Computer Science at Queen’s, techniques for technical interviews, and what it is like to be young women working at Microsoft.

In this episode Shereen Anis, the founder of Representation Counts discusses some of the issues within the education system, how she developed and fought for Kid Koderz, and the importance of authentic representation.

In this episode Vanessa, CEO of the Math Guru speaks on stereotypes of women in mathematics, the significance of on-screen representation, and the impact of one-on-one education.

Julia Hanigsberg is the CEO of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. With a background in Law, Julia has had a unique path to STEM. Here she speaks on important insights she has gained from patients, gender bias in the workforce, and her drive to create a more just and equitable world.

Dr. Brenda Reeve, a clinical care physician and anesthesiologist, discusses her journey through university, being pregnant in the later years of her residency, stand out hospital stories, and the best advice an aspiring physician can get.

Athulya Nambiar is a second-year engineering student at the University of Waterloo with her own start up tailored towards self defense and women who have experienced sexual violence. With going to Indian school for most of her childhood as well as facing serious health concerns, Athulya has had a unique experience with academics and STEM.

Content warning: this episode lightly touches on sexual violence.

In our third episode of season 3 master’s student Scarlett talks us through how she was introduced to the world of quantum physics, her advice on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and ways to overcome imposter syndrome.

In our second episode of season 3 Marika discusses how encouragement, exploration, and everyday learning led her to her path of becoming a doctor through the Queen’s Accelerated Route to Medical School program.

For our first episode of season 3 we spoke with WiSE president Lisa alongside WiSE vice presidents Nicole and Amy. We discussed how they got involved in STEM, the process of adjusting to a new normal, and what to do when you don’t get your big girl summer.


In this new season of the WiSE podcast, co-hosts Laura and Skylar interview Kenzie and Jill, the presidential team of WiSE for the 2019-2020 school year. Jill is in her fourth year of Life Sciences while Kenzie is in her 5th year of Biomechanical Engineering. Both Kenzie and Jill experienced some difficulty when choosing their path at Queen’s and ended up switching into their current areas of study after their first few years of university. They each discuss how these experiences have provided them with a greater ability to overcome setbacks no matter how big they seem at the time. Kenzie is working on a design project in which she is developing a discrete breast pump for the working mom. This prompts conversation amongst the group about the stigma surrounding working moms and how devices such as the one Kenzie is designing make aspects of being a mom easier while also allowing women to continue on without facing judgement from their peers. 

Co-hosts Shauna and Samantha interview Dr. Louise Meunier – an assistant professor in the department of chemical engineering at Queen’s University. In her undergrad, Dr. Meunier was among the first wave of women to study at RMC. Dr. Meunier walks through her decision to return to academia after years of working as an aerospace engineer with the military, and what she learned along the way. Meunier’s current research focuses on toxicity of contaminants in soil and risk assessment in environmental and human health and remarks that working on a project that was environmentally motivated was a priority to her while she was completing her PhD. In response to Samantha’s concerns regarding feeling unsure of her capabilities after graduation Dr. Meunier remarks that this sentiment is commonly held by women notably stating “the only thing that is left is for you to convince yourself. You are probably more qualified than you think you are”.

Hallie Prescott and Leanne Dube were the external and internal vice presidents of WiSE respectively during the 2018-19 academic year. Alongside co-hosts Shauna and Samantha,  the pair discuss their roles within WiSE and the decision to introduce two vice presidents this year. Hallie and Leanne speak on their experiences with choosing a degree. Hallie remarks that having more information about the various degree and career options that are available to students with an interest in STEM would have aided her decision making process. Leanne notes the disparity between the large quantity of women in chemical engineering compared to the few that she has encountered in industry but remains optimistic that “we’re coming, we’re building”. 

Dr. Roshni Rainbow is an Assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering here at Queen’s University. In this episode Dr. Rainbow discusses how an unspoken freedom to fail has allowed her to navigate academia and establish her career. She outlines her experience with uncertainty as a young academic and how she continues to meet students who are also unsure of what to do after their degree. Dr. Rainbow goes on to speak about her experience at Queen’s and her belief that the impact of professors can extend beyond the classroom through advising and encouraging students. 

Hosts Samantha and Shauna sit down with Meghann Grenier to discuss her initial involvement in WiSE and her journey to becoming club president for the 2018-19 school year. Grenier speaks on her experience with imposter syndrome as a young woman in STEM, both at a prestigious university and in industry. Griener regards the positive impact that WiSE has had on her confidence and concludes by discussing the various ways people can get involved in WiSE – noting the significance each role has on club operations and the empowerment of women in STEM. 


Please email our podcast coordinators if you have any questions.

Asha Swamy, Aerin Lua & Emilia Gillette


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