Make University Count. Grow Your Network at YWiB!

YWiB’s university chapters have experienced tremendous growth over the last couple years. YWiB SFU has doubled in size, and with our two new chapters, the expansion is living proof that the connections, workshops, and opportunities that members get at YWiB have been truly valuable, on top of being tons of fun! If you're in university and are interested in making long-term connections, inspiring and being inspired by like-minded, passionate and driven women, join YWiB! As we all know (repeat after me!), "it's not what you know, it's who you know" -- well, YWiB wants to know you!

As of September 2013, we have six Chapters within BC: Vancouver, UBC, UVic, SFU, KPU, and UBCO.

Time to meet your new leaders at KPU and UBCO:

YWiB KPU (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) 

Navi Dhillon, President of YWiB KPU, is 21 and a student in BBA Accounting. Navi is a girl who knows what she wants: to become a partner at an accounting firm. She is recruiting the remaining few positions on the exec team, so if you think you're what Navi wants in a team member (a.k.a. you have vision, passion, and a big smile!), get in touch with her at


Our UBCO Chapter is being led by two co-Presidents: Priya Dhindsa, 21 and an Accounting major, and Jessyca Nielson. Like many of us Vancouverites, Priya is also an active yogi (and secretly wishes Hogwarts were real!). Jessyca is also in the Management program and loves Vancouver's beautiful summers outside!

The YWiB UBCO Membership Coordinator position is still available! If you believe that people achieve more when working together than apart and want to spread this philosophy and get others involved, please email either or

Note: To comply with UBCO’s rules, this chapter is operating under the Management faculty. Unfortunately for now, this means membership and team positions are limited to students within the Management program; however, as with all YWiB chapters, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend events as a non-member!

Register to become a YWiB UBCO member here, and don't forget to spread the word about events and #ywiblove to your friends in other faculties!

We hope you're all easily settling into first semester :) Have a fantastic weekend!

Save the Date: July 10th is YWiB's Birthday!

YWiB'sSummer Solstice Birthday Party!

Lost + Found Café - 33 W Hastings St. Wednesday, July 10th 6:30 - 8:30 pm $10/person, includes appies and a birthday cupcake!

Wow, what an amazing 5 years...

Thank you to all of our members, whether you've been with us from the beginning in 2008 or just joined us in 2013. YWiB may have matured and evolved, but one thing hasn't changed: you are the foundation, inspiration and heart of this organization.

Starting out as a few ladies with a big idea - Beyond Pink - we’re so proud to have expanded into our four distinct bodies: YWiB VancouverYWiB UBCYWiB SFU and YWiB UVic. We promise that as our membership demographic continues to evolve, we will keep focused on providing the best professional network, support and learning opportunities to meet your needs.

Come celebrate with us:

Save the Date: Wednesday, July 10th Who: You, your girlfriends, and their friends too How: With food & drinks, cupcakes (heck yes!), and a photo booth (say cheese!) Where: Lost + Found Café, 33 W Hastings St.

Tickets are available here!

We can't wait to see you!

xoxox The YWiB Team

[made in vancouver] recap

By: @CarolinaHorna

Sometimes the best and most relatable stories are the homegrown ones. This sentiment inspired Tuesday’s #MadeinVancouver event with Aki Kaltenbach from Hootsuite, Genevieve Ennis Hume from Hume Atelier and Marissa Iannacone and Andrew Zappavigna from Take Five Café. All our speakers have had diverse experiences before landing where they are today. It was no surprise they had words of wisdom and it is no mystery why we listened eagerly.

Before working for Hootsuite, Aki worked in London for 5 years at an advertising agency and later at her family’s restaurant when she returned to Vancouver. She confesses that she loves how everyone at Hootsuite is encouraged to be entrepreneurial beyond his or her day job description.

Believing the four most important words are “how can I help”, Genevieve from Hume Atelier shared how not knowing what she was doing was the best thing while growing her jewelry crafting business. It forced her to learn fast and she soon discovered that what made her stand out were the stories that got built into her jewelry. She recognizes that this would not have been possible had they gone for larger volume.

Marissa has been at Take Five Café from the very beginning, starting off as a barista and later growing into a Marketing Manager role. Having been at Take Five for so long, you know her advice, “it doesn’t matter what you do but who you do it with”, are words she follows.

Take Five Café’s retail opps manager, Andrew, was a treasure trove of stories and advice. He understands that in order to grow your business you must hire into areas where your weaknesses lie, it will elevate you and your company. He told our ladies that even after graduating, your education never stops because you never cease being a teacher or a student. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with people you believe are better than you because you’ll naturally strive to succeed.

A BIG thank you to all the attendees for coming out and giving us your time and attention on Tuesday evening. And to the four speakers, we appreciated your stories and for generously volunteering your time. We are sure you inspired many to create their own path to success right here in this city we love, Vancouver.

To see the most quoteable moments from the evening check out #MadeInVancouver on Twitter. Also, visit our lovely friends at Networking in Vancouver who reviewed the event too.

Until the next event - all our #ywiblove! Cheers!!