[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!!


[made in vancouver] ~ a YWiB event

what's better than reading about local Vancouver success stories?  hearing them speak and share their stories for yourself! YWiB invites you to an exclusive, inspiration lighting, event at the brand new Take Five Café in Gastown to meet some awesome local leaders, enjoy a glass of our fav vino* and take down some delicious Take Five Café eats*!


meet Aki Kaltenbach, Director of Solution Partners at HootSuite and a leader in the growing industry of social media. After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a marketing degree, Aki pursued a career in advertising. She worked for Publics London managing P&G for five years across Western Europe before moving back to Vancouver.


meet Genevieve Ennis Hume, co-owner of Hume Atelier, a custom jewellry studio founded by goldsmith and gemmologist Kevin Hume and principal, Genevieve, in 2006. Genevieve also founded Loaded Bow, a series of private events with a curated guest list of exceptional entrepreneurial women. She has also taught at the University of British Columbia's Continuing Studies and at KaosPilots in Denmark.


marissa andrew

meet Marissa Iannacone, Marketing Communications Manager and Andrew Zappavigna, Retail Operations Manager, both at Take Five CafeMarissa has been involved with Take Five Cafe right from the beginning - as a barista at the first Take Five Cafe in 2003. Since then she has transitioned through the company and now oversees all brand development and marketing communications for the company. Andrew has extensive background experience at powerhouse chain restaurants and the Donnelly group. Andrew has used his retail management experience to oversee the construction and opening of the two most recent Take Five Cafe locations. They will be sharing the story of how Take Five Cafe, a local coffee company, came to be.

the nitty gritty {details}

time | 6:30 - 8.30pm location | Take Five Café 62 West Cordova Street dress code | comfortable bring | your entrepreneurial spirit, your girlfriend, a notebook, and any questions you may have about how to make it in vancouver

Register here before this exclusive event sells out (and it will)!!

*your ticket includes: one beverage (glass of white or red vino, or choice of any coffee or specialty beverage) - a selection of antipasto plates including fine Italian meats, cheeses, bread and other delicacies **additional food and drinks from the Take Five Café menu will be available for purchase.

tickets are non-refundable within 48 hours of the event, but can be transferred to your best friend instead!