YWiB UBC - love, from Kiran

With the end of another great year comes the opportunity to look back on successes, milestones and memories. 2010/11 was nothing short of action packed for YWiB UBC! We continued to strive to be the central forum at UBC to connect women of all faculties with unique professional and personal development opportunities. This year marked our 3rd year at UBC where we saw an increase in membership and most importantly and increase in member engagement. Kicking off the year in style with our biggest event to date- our Launch Party and Fashion Show brought together members, supporters and the UBC community to watch a complete Fashion Show featuring looks from local Vancouver boutiques. The year continued with great events including our Professional Development Workshop Series, Entrepreneurship Panel and 3rd Annual Sweet Speed Networking event. Of course, no year is complete with our annual dose of inspiration from Beyond Pink 2010!

Over the course of Reading Week 2011, our first annual Career Tours Program was launched- the only program of its kind offered to UBC students. Small groups of YWiB UBC members had the opportunity to participate in exclusive informational interviews and tours of Fasken Martineau LLP, The Vancouver Sun and Weyerhaeuser.  Members gained first hand insights into career opportunities, working environment and company culture.

The summer of 2010 marked the launch of our new Internship Program, providing members with unique internship opportunities with local Vancouver companies matched to their needs and career goals. Participants were able to prepare for their internships through a specifically tailored workshop series.

This year marked our first time ever having a membership base of young women from each of the faculties at UBC. We are proud to have successfully launched two great new programs, and continued to fulfill the needs of young women in all faculties. We anticipate bigger events and programs in the coming year and invite all UBC students to get involved. Congratulations to the new executive team and congratulations to YWiB SFU and UVic on their accomplishments this past year.  On behalf of the 2010/11 executive team, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our members, supporters, and mentors for another great year!

Kiran Mahal

President YWiB UBC 2010/11