Getting to Know: Tarah McMaster

By Neema Amadala | July 07, 2021
New-Hire-Tarah-Mcmaster-Website.png#asset:68964WCM is pleased to welcome the newest member to our team, Tarah McMaster!

There's a new member on the WCM team! We are excited to welcome Tarah to WCM. She is joining WCM as our Senior Associate, Programs, Events & Committees. Get to know Tarah:

Hello, my name is Tarah!

I am an event management professional with close to a decade managing events across North America. Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of working on events ranging from 400 person Award Galas to 5000 person conferences. I am passionate about collaborating to create innovative experiences and believe in the power of connection.

I live just east of Toronto in a town called Courtice. I believe in giving back to my community and sit on the board of directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Clarington. I love to cook and have been experimenting with more plant-based meals, specifically turning my not-so-healthy favourites in plant-based meals!

Why are you excited to join WCM?
I believe strongly in the importance of advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within Canada. It is an honor to work on a team that is as equally as passionate about creating meaningful change.

Which part of WCM's work do you think is the most impactful? 
I feel that all of the work is equally as important, but the education and mentorship programs are imperative to creating change. When women see other women in senior positions it creates possibility and ignites new opportunities. I think it is extremely effective that WCM offers programming for every stage of the professional journey.

What do you read, watch and/or listen to that helps you stay informed about equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I)?

I am a big fan of podcasts, some of my favourites are: The Will to Change, Dare to Lead. Some books I have been reading lately are: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown, The Person you Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, by Dolly Chugh.

What is your reaction to the fact that the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be chaired by a man?