Passion, Chaos, and Dreams- Important Lessons Learned By Young Women At Beyond Pink Conference

VANCOUVER, B.C. (November 22, 2010)- What a spectacle it was to see as over 150 women dominated the Four Seasons Vancouver hotel this weekend to prove that beauty and brains make the perfect combination. Reason for the occasion? The third annual Beyond Pink conference hosted by the Young Women in Business Society (YWiB). Delegates came from all over the Lower Mainland to learn how to “make their brand and leave their mark.”The impressive line-up of speakers included Michelle Rupp (Principal and Founder,Lighthouse Leadership), Ken Sim (Co-Founder of Nurse Next Door), Lisa Vogt (Partner of McCarthy Tétrault LL), and Judy Brooks (Co-Founder of Blo Blow Dry Bar), all whom shared their stories and lessons that they have learned on their way to success. Ken Sim began one of his workshops by asking the ladies to stand up and proposed the question, "What would you do if you only had 30 days left on this planet, would you continue to live the way you are now?" The ladies who answered “yes” were asked to sit down. Only two women sat down. He then continued to teach the important lesson of following your passion when choosing a career path. The Power Couple Panel brought together Gayla and John DeHart, Katie Dunsworth-Reiach and Nick Reiach, and Andrea and Chris Scott, three power couples of Vancouver.They were all proven examples of an ideal work-life balance sharing their knowledge and experience to an audience of aspiring women. As the couples discussed about stress and chaos in life, John Dehart noted, "The common bond where you focus on a vision makes the chaos more manageable.” You could almost see the hearts melting in the crowd of women as his wife Gayla DeHart later added "we don't know the specifics or details...But we do know we're going to get through anything together." As the weekend came to an end, the ladies gathered one last time at the celebratory Gala dinner. In consideration of the goal of Beyond Pink, a platform that pushes young womento their dreams, one of the Gala Speakers, Tsawwassen First Nation, Chief Kim Baird left the delegates with some food for thought as she asked, "What is your dream, and what are you going to do about it?" These young women then walked out Saturday night knowing that they are going to do something to make their brand and leave their mark on the world.

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