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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