Spotlight Member: Ali Cervienka

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Ali Cervienka

Meet Ali Cervienka! If she could have lunch with anyone dead or alive, it would be Justin Trudeau! 

What excites you about being a part of YWiB:

What excites me about being a part of YWiB are the opportunities to meet so many inspiring individuals and continuing to grow as a women in business. Being able to explore my options in the industry through YWiB's events has been an incredible experience and I am excited learn even more about myself and the business world.

Favourite memory of YWiB:

My favourite memory of YWiB was the recent FinLead event. This event was such an encouraging environment to learn more about the world of finance and it opened my eyes to what this specialization has to offer. I had the opportunity to connect with some amazing women and listen to their experiences in the field.

Biggest take away from an event, mentorship or any YWiB UBC program you have been involved with.

My biggest take away from YWiB has been that everyone's career path is unique. Listening to the many speakers and industry professionals at YWiB's events has taught me that there is no straight forward path to success. Every person makes their own choices and has there own experiences that will get them to where they are or where they want to be.

LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ali-cervienka-5135b9150/

Spotlight Member: Julianne Nieh

Julianne Nieh

Meet Julianne! She's a second year student whoI can speak 4 languages (English, French, Korean, Mandarin) and is in the process of learning Cantonese & Japanese!

What excites you about being a part of YWiB:

It makes me so happy that there is a club dedicated towards the personal and professional development of young women with big goals in life. I'm a true believer of supporting others, and having a network like this makes that possible!

Favourite memory of YWiB:

My favourite memory with YWiB was when we went to Boston, Massachusetts to go to a business conference organized by the Harvard YWiB! It was definitely an amazing learning experience and meeting 900 young women around the world really inspired me to go big with my dreams.

Biggest take away from an event, mentorship or any YWiB UBC program you have been involved with.

I have truly gained so much from being in the Blossom Mentorship Program. I feel like I was perfectly matched with my mentor and I learned so much even after meeting her 3 times so far. I realized the immense value of mentorship and it makes me want to be a mentor in the future as well!

LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliannenieh/

Spotlight Member: Kimberley Huang

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Kimberley Huang

Meet Kimberley! She's a second year student who enjoys eating grapefruit with salt.

What excites you about being a part of YWiB:

YWiB builds a loving and caring community for women, in which we share our best practices, support each other and share stories. Being a part of YWiB brings me a sense of belonging. I can forge lasting friendships and interact with people who have like-minded challenges and ambitions. Through my experiences of getting involved in different programs and events held by YWiB, I grow and learn as well as getting enriching relationships and experiences. Here we help each other and collectively help others, and that is one of the things I am really passionate about. I feel very fortunate that we have a welcoming environment and an existing women’s network at UBC. Every connection I make here becomes more authentic as I know that there is a strong common bond that holds all of us together.

Favourite memory of YWiB:

My favorite memory of YWiB is the second meeting “Workshop & Social” of Blossom Mentorship Program. Mentees and Mentors were meeting in a coffee shop. There were a table of fresh-made food and drinks, setting the atmosphere to be very cozy and relaxing. Walking around, you would see every one of us with a smiley face sitting close to each other, chatting and laughing, like a re-union of old friends. The highlight is that we were to draw pictures showing connections between mentors and mentees. It was a good time for mentors and mentees to foster better relations. Moreover, it provides a good opportunity to get to know more about other members, share creative ideas and generously praise.

Biggest take away from an event, mentorship or any YWiB UBC program you have been involved with.

YWiB members not only assist and support each other but together we help others and give back to the society. In the YWiB Roots Program, as a philanthropy program aims to bring YWiB members together through philanthropic initiatives and events to leave a positive impact on our community, our Roots Ambassadors fundraise and make care packages for the downtown eastside women’s shelter. It makes me think about the fundamental reason of starting a business. Business is not just about transactions and cash flow, it is more about if people doing the business have a heart of caring others and solving others most needs. On the way of finding right or wrong, YWiB has a Blossom Mentorship Program that connect members with industry professionals to have them guide us through struggles and challenges. It allows every Blossom mentee to have a role model, but it also allows them to feel that there is a path and there’s someone who can advise. But indeed, every connection I made through YWiB has been given me a sense of secure, like they will always have my back, no matter what.

Spotlight Member: Sukhleen Thind

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Sukhleen Thind  

Sukhleen is a second year BCom student! She has jumped off a 160 ft platform over the Cheakamus River in Whistler! 

This is her YWiB experience: 

What excites you about being a part of YWiB:
Being a part of YWiB not only allows me to develop and achieve my own vision of where I want to be in 10 years, but it puts me in a community of women who are genuinely taking time to foster and assist each other in growing and achieving their own visions of success. By surrounding myself with brilliant women with such a powerful goal, just makes me feel like I am apart of something extraordinary. It is not just at YWiB events, this community extends everywhere. Walking down main mall, there are just a few more smiles I can look for in the crowd.

Favourite memory of YWiB:

My favourite memory is from the YWiBxKPMG Case Competition. Mikaela (YWiB Member/Blossom Mentee) and I were participating in our first ever case competition. I was extremely nervous about presenting in front of the judges and so many people I looked up to, but looking out in the crowd and seeing smiles of the entire YWiB Executive team, I was given all the encouragement I needed. Mikaela and I ended up in first place! If it wasn’t for the smiles of the YWiB team in the front row, I am not sure I would have made it through that presentation. They gave me the courage and confidence I needed to excel in that situation.

Biggest take away from an event, mentorship or any YWiB UBC program you have been involved with:

From my mentor, Joanna Li, I have learned that it is okay to not take the “typical route”, there is always another way to achieve your goals, if and only if you try hard enough.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sukhleenthind/

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