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Plan International Canada to Participate in The Art of Leadership for Women Conference with Malala Yousafzai

March 21, 2019 – On April 4 and 5, 2019, The Art of Leadership for Women conference will bring together today's brightest women leaders in Calgary and Vancouver, including Caroline Riseboro, Plan International Canada President and CEO, who will interview keynote speaker Malala Yousafzai, to discuss the topics and trends most critical to female leaders and the importance of tapping into youth-led change.

Malala Yousafzai is renowned for her significant activism from an early age, and her name is synonymous with being a champion of girls’ rights. She has shown the world that youth are at the forefront of change – and that it’s up to everyone to listen to and empower these young leaders.

According to a recent Plan International Canada survey, only 38 per cent of women in Canada aged 18-24 believe they have the same opportunity as men to lead. However, when we commit to supporting young women and amplifying their voices, they can defy the status quo – and create meaningful change.

Together, Riseboro and Yousafzai will discuss how gender inequality affects women’s opportunities to lead, what authentic female empowerment looks like, how to harness personal strengths and build confidence, and how to transform ambitions into reality.

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Caroline Riseboro is the President & CEO of Plan International Canada – the leading NGO in Canada advancing the rights of children and equality for girls. As the youngest person to ever lead a major Canadian charity, Caroline is a passionate advocate for gender equality and is well-respected for her commitment to tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues. She has a proven track record of leading organizations to new heights by challenging the status quo and has won multiple awards for her innovative approaches.

In 2017 and 2018, she was recognized as a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner and in 2018 was awarded a Gold medal in the Female Executive of the Year in Canada category at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Prior to joining Plan International Canada, Caroline was Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation and held multiple executive roles with World Vision Canada.


Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children's rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 70 countries. We are calling on all Canadians to Defy Normal: to believe in the power and potential of every child and to take a stand anywhere children are oppressed, exploited or left behind and anywhere girls aren't equally valued. Together, we can create a world where all unleash their full potential. Visit for more information and follow @plancanada on social media to #DefyNormal and join the conversation.