Life Lessons Learned From… Momentum

The theme of this year’s YWiB SFU International Women’s Day Conference was ‘Gaining Momentum’, which I found to be optimal since that is exactly what I will be focusing on in the next life phase I’m heading towards! There was a poster board in the lobby where all of the attendees could post paper butterflies containing their answers to where they will draw their momentum from. For me, I said I will gain momentum by seeing the beauty in life, singing my song, and dreaming big!

The speakers included international philanthropists, a digital entrepreneur, a government minister, an entertainment host, and more. They offered their insights on themes such as finding and utilizing your passion, leveraging your creativity, connecting with and sustaining a network of enablers and champions, building and supporting a sisterhood, finding opportunity in chaos, overcoming failure and being resilient, paying it forward, valuing your strengths and accomplishments, and being authentic to yourself.

Out of all of the amazing stories I heard that day, the biggest inspirational take-away I got out of the conference came from Tori Holmes (she who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean at the age of 21). She stressed the importance of getting yourself to the starting line of your aspirations, as you must show up for your dreams in order to achieve them. As a wise person once said, “You can never cross the ocean without losing sight of the shore.”

Thanks to this International Women’s Day conference, I’ve gained some more momentum to propel me to the starting line!

The hour of empowerment is upon us.” – Erin Krish

Olympic Rings

Connecting With Your Inner Olympian

My sense of motivation is always at an all-time high during the Olympics. There’s something about seeing athletes achieve their goals that inspires me to believe that any dream is possible with hard work, determination, and an optimistic outlook. As I watch the Summer games in London, I am reminded of a few important lessons that I learned from a celebrated Olympian this past Spring…

Back in March, YWiB SFU hosted the 2012 International Women’s Day Conference, a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women from around the globe and encouraging women to share their own stories in an effort to connect girls, overcome adversity, and inspire futures.

Among the roster of speakers was the ambitious Anna Rice, whose remarkable list of accomplishments include being a two-time Olympic athlete for the Canadian National Badminton Team, an ambassador for the international non-profit organization Right to Play, and a coordinator for the Choose Again foundation. During her keynote presentation on tapping into your strengths and unleashing the true and unique essence of who you are, she shared her five steps to ‘Connecting with your Inner Olympian‘:

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At this year’s International Women’s Day Conference at SFU Woodward’s, there stood a cherry blossom tree decorated by green paper leaves. On these leaves were the names of the people – mothers, sisters, friends, and mentors – who have had an influential role in the lives of the attendees. As I thought about my cherry blossom tree contribution, the first name that came to my mind was YWiB SFU.

YWiB SFU is a university chapter of the Young Women in Business (YWiB) network, a non-profit society for emerging female leaders in Western Canada. The network acts as a central forum to connect ambitious young women in their quest to develop their professional and personal selves by providing them with a wealth of opportunities, resources, and support. YWiB SFU brings together over 100 of the university’s most talented minds and passionate hearts, from a range of faculties, and strives to empower their members by guiding them in learning new skills and perspectives, exploring their interests, finding their passion, making a difference, and building their stories on the way to reaching their full potential in their careers and lives.

Read the rest of my article, “YWiB SFU: Building Stories with the Leaders of Tomorrow” in Issue 2 of SFU Beedie BASS‘s The Executive. Click here!

International Women’s Day: Words of Wisdom

In honour of Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day, and the YWiB SFU International Women’s Day Conference, here are a few words of wisdom from some remarkable women:
We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

The Pursuit of Happiness

What do you value? What do you want to give to the world?

Those were the questions that circulated in my mind during YWiB SFU‘s The Pursuit of Happiness workshop. The panel consisted of three driven women from various industries – non-profit, photography, and fashion and health – who shared their invigorating and inspiring insights on finding satisfaction in one’s career with an engaged audience of young professionals.

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