Join us at Downward Dog, Upward Thinking!

Happy Friday! join us for our upcoming workshop: Downward Dog, Upward Thinking: A Mind, Body + Career session with Matt Corker

a joint event between the YWiB UBC and YWiB Vancouver, YWiB invites you to join a master of motivation and inspiration, Matt Corker, International Operations Specialist at lululemon. Matt will not only help you tap into your strengths, you'll leave his workshop with the tools to carry yourself along the track to success. join us for a 45 minute yoga session followed by an intention- and goal-setting workshop on Tuesday, October 29th!

not big on yoga? don't let that stop you, this sessions is for any yoga-level (including us beginners) and will offer an opportunity to relax your mind and focus your sights on what you want most in your life!

limited space is available so please, register today!

when | tuesday, oct 29th 7:30-9:30pm where | yaletown roundhouse, room B (181 roundhouse mews) cost | $10 for YWiB Vancouver members + non-members* dress | yoga attire or relaxed casual bring | paper + pen, your yoga mat, a water bottle, your aspirations + a girlfriend *YWiB UBC members, please bring your membership card for free entry

The True Value of Beyond Pink

This past weekend, I attended my first Beyond Pink. Although I'm a member of the greater Vancouver YWiB team, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect but nonetheless couldn’t help but feel excited. And I'm happy to say, I was not disappointed. I attained my arts degree (psych) in university and only recently have I started to feel like I’m making a way for myself in the business world. That being said, it definitely has not been easy!

It is easy to lose sight of your goals or feel like you’re not going anywhere when you’re embarking on your career post-university. You face adversity, sometimes for the first time, and a lot of the time money unfortunately comes before passion. We all have bills to pay.

Since graduating, it’s been a difficult year and a half, personally and professionally. Friends have come and gone, mistakes have been made, time wasted, unprofessionalism encountered, I've heard “no” more than I care to share and ever-looming doubts. It’s only recently that I've realized I will likely face these experiences throughout my entire life.

Beyond Pink made me realize a thing or two, aside from picking up useful skills in the educational and useful workshops.

Top of my list, I started to think less about "me" and more about "we". There are many people who are in, have been in, and will be in, the same situation as myself which means we're never alone in our struggles. I met and spoke with a countless number of wonderful ladies (and one guy) who were enthusiastic to share their stories as well as take the time to hear mine. It was truly empowering!

Secondly, reflecting on the past and considering the future difficulties we're sure to encounter, it’s not how you fall but how you get back up that is what defines you. The value in ACTUALLY taking the time to learn from your mistakes instead of loathing yourself for them, is where the true value lies.

Rounding out my key takeaways from Beyond Pink was that if I really want something, like really want it, there is nothing standing in my way except for myself.

There have been and will be times that I doubt my own capabilities, lack the confidence to pursue an opportunity, a dream, or will fully recognize that I have all the tools I need to see something through to completion. But honestly, what am I afraid of? The worst thing I can do is not to fail, the worst thing I can do is give up on trying to succeed. And that, my lady friends, is far worse than stumbling along the way. FOMO anyone?

The things I took away from Beyond Pink 2012 (and if you attended feel free to share your list below) may seem trivial or even to some “common sense”, but every now and again I need reminding. We all do.

So on that note I want to thank the ladies that made Beyond Pink 2012 happen for recharging me and giving me some additional tools for my toolkit that I can pull out along this windy path that is my career. ;)

Ps. If you'd like to connect beyond Beyond Pink, don’t be shy. I’m always available for a new friend and a good chat. =) @CarolinaHorna

[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!

Calling all YWiB'ers: Beyond Pink 2012 volunteer opportunities!

The inaugural Beyond Pink conference was launched in 2008 and has remained a staple of YWiB’s event repertoire ever since. We are so excited to be bringing the conference back in the fall of 2012 and we are looking for some phenomenal young women to create and execute the vision of this amazing project! This year, we are expecting the event to take place in late October/early November, over the span of a Friday & Saturday. We truly believe in bringing a world-class business conference to the next generation and effectively equipping women who have the ability and energy to make a positive impact to all those around them. As such, our main goal at Beyond Pink 2012 will be to elevate the overall value of the conference to to become the leading personal and professional development event for young women in Vancouver.

While maintaining the values that have launched Beyond Pink to its current success, this year we are also bringing a slew of amazing, new initiatives to the table. Our primary focus will be on practical, relevant skill set training for two main delegate groups - young professionals at the outset of their careers and more seasoned experts looking to further evolve their professional aptitude and potential.

As the only conference of its kind for young women in Vancouver, we are committed to maximizing the potential of Beyond Pink 2012! We are seeking a team of individuals that have the ambition, savvy creativity and real dedication to make this amazing conference happen. BP is also an excellent learning opportunity to gain experience and exposure to the local community and to create meaningful connections in Vancouver. If you are bursting at the seams to inspire and equip the young women of this city, we want to hear from you! Please click here for all BP available positions and for a full description of the event.  Make haste, because applications are due this Sunday, June 3!

my {YWiB} story - member highlight: Darya Niknamian

name| Darya Niknamianemail| linkedIn| Darya Niknamian

why YWiB | I joined Young Women in Business for many reasons – to discover more about myself, learn more about business (specifically marketing), have fun, get to know amazing young women, and of course to make an impact! Coming from a Science background and being confused about what I wanted to do made it difficult for me to transition into the business world. I want to provide younger women an opportunity to gain mentorship and access tools that will help them feel confident and equipped when the time comes for them to make a decision about their career.

childhood ambition| to become a paediatrician because I love working with kids!

my home| Originally Berlin, Germany but Vancouver has been my home for most of my life.

wildest dream| Having a TV show with my sister where we would travel the world and showcase different peoples cultures and traditions.

proudest moment|  Skydiving - I am terribly afraid of heights! The next step is scuba diving because I am also afraid of deep water and sharks!

biggest challenge| Putting myself first.

favorite quote| “Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.“ ~Chinese proverb

inspiration| My grandmother – she survived 2 wars, losing family, her house, and friends. She is now 90, works out 2-3 times a week, is the most supportive person I know and believes in living life to the fullest.