The annual Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series is designed to empower and inspire women to become leaders in sport, community and life. It’s a professional development opportunity designed for coaches, administrators, community leaders, and volunteers of all genders, from all sports, from across Manitoba.
This year’s FREE five-part online series brings together inspirational leaders from all areas of sport to tell their personal and professional stories, offer valuable advice and guidance, and share practical tips that participants can use on and off the field of play. Hosted by media personality Sara Orlesky, participants will build their networks and knowledge bases through a variety of interviews and presentations so they can empower and encourage the girls they work with to stay active and involved in sport.
Sport Manitoba in partnership with Bison Transport, aspire to increase female engagement in sport by providing an informative, inclusive, and inspirational experience.
2021-2022 Series Videos
Watch all of our previous sessions on-demand
Session 3: Calling the Shots & Leading the Way
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 12 p.m. CST
The third free session of the Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series features Lee Anna Osei, Coleen Dufresne and our host, Sara Orlesky, who are powerful and innovative women making significant strides in their careers. You’ll learn strategies to create pathways to move forward within the sporting world, and the importance of finding your own voice. The stories shared during this session will provide new ideas and inspiration for taking steps to provide quality sport experiences for women and girls.
Lee Anna Osei is the founder and Director of The Black Canadian Coaches Association. A former all-star university basketball player, Lee is a 2-time Team Ontario U17 provincial coach and the first female head coach in St. Francis Xavier University’s athletic history. She’s also a member of the StFX teaching staff in the Human Kinetics Department.
Coleen Dufresne was the University of Manitoba women’s basketball coach for 17 years and Bisons athletic director for 15 years. A three-time U SPORTS Coach of the Year, she coached her Bisons teams to nationals nine times where her teams captured three national championships (’87-88, ’95-96, and ’96-97). Coleen was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in 2017 and again in 2020 with her ’95-96 and ’96-97 Bisons women’s basketball teams.
Sara Orlesky is a Winnipeg-based reporter for TSN, for whom she hosts Winnipeg Jets games and is the sideline reporter at Winnipeg Blue Bomber games. In her career, Sara has covered Grey Cups, IIHF World Junior Championships, and the Stanley Cup Final.