About the SOUL (Supporting Our University Leaders) Mentorship Program

Young Women in Business (YWiB) SFU launched the Supporting Our University Leaders (SOUL) Mentorship Program in October 2009. The SOUL Mentorship Program matches female university students with SFU alumni and industry professionals who are highly esteemed in their designated area for a comprehensive six month mentorship program.


SOUL Mentors and Mentees

(Mentee applications are now closed!)

The mentorship program provides an interactive learning environment for SFU’s female leaders while focusing on facilitated growth and relationship building within SFU as well as the broader professional community.

Mentors help to create an environment for mentees to build personal and professional confidence. They also contribute back to the SFU community by supporting inspiring female students in gaining a greater understanding of their aspirations and their value in the larger community, and establishing a one-on-one mentoring relationship that could last for a lifetime.

Student mentees are hand-selected based on their exemplary performance in diverse areas, which include their academic achievements, passion for leadership, engagement in leadership initiatives, professionalism and dedication to their communities.


  • To build a network of dynamic female leaders by connecting program participants with highly-accomplished professionals who are SFU alumni from diverse industries
  • To provide an opportunity for SFU alumni to give back to the SFU student community through a direct means of offering dedicated support and guidance to a female student
  • To foster learning and engagement through community involvement, open dialogue and insightful discussion
  • To offer supplemental learning to the mentorship relationship with workshops and networking opportunities

Program Structure

In our six-month mentorship program, our selected mentees will have the opportunity to meet with respected and knowledgeable professionals that inspire them to grow as a leader, as well as to listen to the stories and experiences that will give them the drive to achieve success in their career and life.

The mentorship program launches in October 2016 and continues until April 2017. Throughout the course of the mentorship program, mentees will build their network by creating connections with dynamic, engaging leaders, and they will track their growth and objectives through documenting their experiences in the mentee’s SOUL Mentorship booklet. Mentees will also have access to YWiB SFU panel and special events that will build confidence, improve their networking skills and provide the tools and resources for students to be successful in any professional environment.


SOUL Events Calendar (2016-2017)


Late March (TBA) – SOULcial #2

April (TBA) – YWiB + SOUL Wrap-Up

Our Wrap-Up party celebrates and highlights the success of the 2016-2017 SOUL Mentorship Program. This event will be a joint event, executed by both the Events and SOUL Executives to celebrate and highlight successes from our regular membership and from our SOUL Mentorship Program.




Wednesday, October 5th (5:00pm – 8:00pm) – YWiB General Member + SOUL Mentee Orientation

Location: TBC

SOUL’s first workshop is combined with general YWiB. We welcome new mentees to the SOUL program as well as cover house rules regarding appropriate conduct when meeting mentors. Additionally, the workshop will have a professional speaking on the subject of building and maintaining relationships with mentors and professionals, as well as educating mentees on how to get the most of the mentorship program

Tuesday, October 13th (6:00pm – 8:00pm) – Mentees and Mentors Meet & Greet

Location: TBC

Successful SOUL applicants get the chance to meet the mentor that they are paired with – setting off a relationship that is guaranteed to last them a lifetime.

Thursday November 24th – SOULcial #1 (Chocolate Arts)




 Click here for the 2016/2017 Mentee Package

Please direct any program-related inquiries to Arianna Sapitula at arianna@ywib.ca.

SOUL Student Membership Fees

SOUL Membership Fee – $30
YWiB One Year Membership Fee – $30
Total Fee: $60
Mentees must be a YWiB member to participate in the SOUL program

Arianna Sapitula | SOUL Program Manager | arianna@ywib.ca
Jennifer Wibisono | SOUL Program Coordiantor | jennifer@ywib.ca