by Laurie Bursch
“It was the president of Yemen who looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Why are you quitting this company? You need to continue to do this kind of work that you’re doing. We need help in Yemen because we have educated our females in the last 10 years but we don’t know how to integrate them into the workforce.’”
Unless you’re Donna Kennedy-Glans, LLB 84, chances are that you’ve never encountered this situation: a Yemeni government official beseeching you to continue your corporate work with a Canadian energy company because he sees the benefits to the women of his country. So how does someone go from a childhood on a family farm in Southwestern Ontario to a conversation with a president in the Middle East?