5 Ways to Make Leadership a Reality: A Recap of the Beyond Conference 2016

5 Ways to Make Leadership a Reality: A Recap of the Beyond Conference 2016

When is the last time you felt so inspired that you wanted to stop right in the middle of something to chase a dream? Beyond: Lead Through Action was a conference put on by YWiB that at numerous times made you want to run out to try a new strategy with your team, apply for the ‘unattainable’ job or pursue your passion. A room full of ambitious, curious and fun women (and some men!) spent November 19th engaging with well-known leaders in the community and learning applicable skills, all while making valuable connections with people from different fields. With an incredible line up with speakers, panelists and workshops, there were a lot of takeaways. Here are some of the ways the attendees learned to uncover leadership skills.

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Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Meet Nora Ahern of Village&Co.

Leading up to our Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Executive Inspiration event on April 30, we're taking the time to introduce the amazing women behind this powerhouse panel! Keep an eye out for each instalment and get ready to meet them in person for a panel and networking session to remember. #YWiBbtgc Meet...

Nora Ahern Managing Director & Co-founder of Village&Co. @noraahern

Before I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up, I worked at DDB as VP Group Business Director. While I was there I lovingly took care of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) account resulting in it being crowned Marketing Magazine’s 2009 Marketer of the Year. Being Irish and having moved to Canada five years ago, selling Canada to travellers was a remarkable opportunity. I love travel and it loved me. Canada had such an effect on me that I couldn’t help but become a Canadian Citizen.

Before moving here, I worked at various agencies in Ireland working on a variety of categories — automotive, fashion retail, utilities and technology — adding up to over 16 years experience in the communications business. Being Managing Director of a Village is my dream job. The only thing that I love more than social media is helping clients love social media.

Tickets for YWiB's Birthday Party!

Finally!!! Tickets to the birthday are now available! Tickets are $10 and go towards your cupcake and a delicious spread of appies by Lost + Found! Make sure to get one in advance, and we'll see you there!

Event details (again): July 10, 2013 Lost + Found Café, 33 W Hastings St. 6:30-8:30pm


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

Beyond Pink's Speakers: Sneak a peek!

  Faye Wightman, President and CEO, Vancouver Foundation

Faye is one of Canada’s philanthropic leaders as the President and CEO of the Vancouver Foundation. She brings to the Foundation a strong conviction that philanthropy can and should play a powerful role in shaping society. Since her arrival in 2005, she has led Canada’s largest community foundation through a number of important changes designed to increase its impact in BC communities.

Prior to joining Vancouver Foundation, Faye was President of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for 14 years and then spent two years as Vice President of External Relations at the University of Victoria. She has served as an Executive Director for Sunny Hill Foundation for Children, as well as Campaign Director for the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

She is on several boards, most notably: Imagine Canada, Emily Carr University and BC Housing. Her influence has been recognized by Vancouver Magazine, where she has made their Power 50 list twice. As well, in 2004 she was one of five women honoured with the “Influential Women in Business Award,” an annual award presented by Business in Vancouver magazine.


Katie Ainsworth, Creative Director, Ainsworth Communications

Katie has created many award-winning and memorable campaigns across every medium imaginable in her twenty years in advertising. Starting her career in Toronto, she also worked in San Francisco during the dot-com boom then fled to Vancouver during the dot-com bust.

Her resume includes stints at Cossette, Y&R, BBDO, TBWA and Rethink––where she was both a Creative Director and a Partner. In 2010, Katie became a freelance writer and now enjoys the luxury of only working with companies and people she truly believes in. (Yes, she used a preposition at the end of a sentence and is totally okay with that decision.)

Katie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in European History and Germanic Studies from the University of Victoria. It has not been terribly useful, to be perfectly honest. She also mentors young writers through the not-for-profit group AdGirls.


Sandy Thompson, Global Planning Director, Y&R

Sandy Thompson is the Global Planning Director at Y&R and has been working in the advertising world for over 20 years, she is regarded as one of the industry’s most innovative and productive strategists, always working with her clients to find the truth behind what people do, not what they say.

How does she do it? She accepts every opportunity to give her clients a new and fresh perspective. She takes the time to dig in to how people feel about brands, listens to what they are saying and digs into consumer’s lives by taking the time to feel what is important to them.

Sandy believes that opportunities surround us – you just have to put yourself out there to not only find them, but to do something with them.

Check out the rest of the speakers AND mentors on Beyond Pink's website

Summer Vino Chatter

Sometimes the best events are those planned on a whim. That’s exactly what happened with our Summer Vino Chat this past Monday. We set no agenda, had really no expectations except to relax over a glass of wine (or two) with our current members and to meet some new ladies on the beautiful patio of the Vancouver Art Gallery Café. It was a hit! We had a great time, some great conversations about everything and anything and we met some new, fantastic, bright and passionate minds. Hailing from different areas of the working world (law, advertising, media, etc.), it’s just proof that YWiB is for any woman looking to connect with others.

We’re happy the event was such a success and we’re sure we’ll be doing this again. We hope to see you all very soon! :)