Shattering the glass ceiling: A conversation with Dr. Martha Piper & Dr. Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst

In honour of International Women’s Day, the UBC Student Alumni Council (SAC) hosted a student-focused discussion on breaking gender biases in the workplace and being a woman in a leadership role. The virtual event featured UBC’s first female President, Dr. Martha Piper, and award-winning educator in mechanical engineering, Dr. Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst. Watch this webinar to hear these inspiring women discuss what it means to be a female leader, as well as some key considerations for women in the workplace and leadership positions in the future.

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  • Harjot Uppal (she/hers) – SAC president, 4th year Honours Integrated Sciences student

  • Sarvpreet Brar (she/hers) – SAC member, 2nd year Applied Sciences student


  • Dr. Martha Piper, OC, OBC, LLD‘07 (she/hers) – Former UBC President and co-author of Nerve: Lessons in Leadership From Two Women Who Went First
  • Dr. Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng, FEC, FGC (Hon), BASc’87, MBA, DSocSci (she/hers) – Award-winning educator in mechanical engineering


Recorded March 24, 2022.