The Future of Women in

Leadership and STEM

Illuminate x Durham

Let's dive into "The Future of Women in Leadership & STEM"

Ever wonder what makes an individual a good leader in STEM? Learn about the world of professionals in our upcoming Leadership Conferences.

Join us on April 17th from 9:00 AM - 2:50 PM (EST)

About the Event 

Illuminate x Durham brings you a virtual conference presented by Illuminate Universe, in partnership with CPA Ontario, Deloitte Canada, and Concentra Bank. Our conference will bring together students from all around Durham and the GTA virtually on April 17, 2021, for an engaging event with speakers, workshops, mentorships, and competitions in an attempt to extract the potential hidden within all of you.

Students will be in teams of 4 - 5 and participate in engaging activities such as inspirational keynotes, interactive workshops, and collaborative challenges throughout the day. The passionate members of Team Durham hope to bring you a day of exciting and memorable experiences while also offering you valuable information on STEM and leadership positions. Unite with others who share your passion as we learn from leaders in STEM and pave our way to being the next leaders. 


So mark your calendars on April 17th where we will Dive into the Future of Women in STEM and Leadership. Note that this is not exclusive to women, we encourage men to sign up, and together we can exceed the vision

Conference Schedule

Meet the Regional Lead Team!


Zupaash Naveed 

Conference Design and Customer Experience

Hi there! My name is Zupaash and I am the Chair of the Illuminate x Durham conference. My role is to take care of conference design, customer experience, and lead my team of Associate Regional Leads. I am passionate about the world where business meets technology and being part of the future. I am also passionate about helping others. I believe that there is talent everywhere; we just need people who can extract that potential from our society, and that is my goal for the conference. I want to hold an opportunity for students across Durham where they can showcase their talent; I want to be an enabler and extract this talent. My goal for the conference is to bring something new to my region, and hopefully let youth in Durham break any barriers they might face from being in an underpopulated region. 


Nafia Nadeem

Digital Presence and Marketing

Hi there! My name is Nafia and I am currently a sophomore at J.Clarke Richardson. I as well am the Digital Presence and Marketing Regional Lead of the Illuminate x Durham conference. My role is to market our conference and engage potential attendees. I will also be responsible for all the content/design creation and digital drive growth to our conference. I am passionate about helping and uplifting people, learning about various new topics, and teaching them to others. When it comes to hosting our own Illuminate conference, I strive to make other individuals realize that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. I want them to explore the different careers in a field, look at the different pathways, and learn that they don’t just have one option, but in fact many!

Richa Patel


Hey there! My name is Richa Patel and I’m a Grade 10 student at Pine Ridge Secondary School. I am also the Speaker Outreach of the Illuminate x Durham conference. My role is to recruit potential speakers and judges and work with our Chair and Speakers to ensure our conference runs smoothly. I am passionate about using technology to change the world of medicine. Being able to make significant contributions to help improve the health of people around the world is what I strive for. I want to hold a conference with people who have a similar goal to mine - to help people. Through Illuminate, I can hold a conference where I give students the opportunity to build the tomorrow they want.



Hi everyone, my name’s Mishal! I am currently a Grade 10 student from Pickering High School and the Speaker Outreach for the Illuminate x Durham conference. My role is to reach out to potential speakers who will not only bring valuable information and experiences to our conference but help to make the conference more enjoyable for the attendees. I, myself, am passionate about making a difference, no matter how small, that could make our world a little better for everyone. As well, I love STEM-related topics and so, I am greatly looking forward to creating an enjoyable experience for you through our conference. Through this experience, I am hoping to help students build a greater understanding of a potential future career and provide them with a valuable learning experience that may be precious to them in the future.




Hi, my name is Prusti Patel. I am a Grade 10 student enrolled  in Pickering High School. I am also one of the Recruitment and Registration Regional Leads at Illuminate for the Durham Regional Conference. My role is to successfully recruit and manage registration and communicate thoroughly with all attendees participating in the conference. I also make sure the conference plan gets executed as smoothly as possible. I am very passionate about careers within the STEM programs, specifically Mathematics and how it connects with modern and growing technology. I thrive to continue working hard to make this conference successful. I am hoping all attendees receive the best and the most valuable experience. 



Hello! My name is Poonthalir Linghan, I am in Grade 10 and attend Pickering High School.  I’m one of the other Recruitment and Registration Regional Lead. My role in this team is organizing the conference schedule and managing  and recruiting attendees. I’m passionate about uplifting others, I know everyone has potential to be successful in their own way with the right direction. We are hosting this event to help students with this overwhelming process of their future careers. My personal career interests include politics, finance and business. My goal at illuminate is to uplift and teach as many students as I can, making them confident and ready walking towards their goals and future. 


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