Vancouver Sun: Beyond Pink conference features 'power couple panel'

VANCOUVER - The first thing you notice is how young they are. And then you see how determined as well. They are Young Women in Business, a group of students, recent graduates and professionals who have joined forces to create opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed on their own terms. And, as a group, they already have. This year, they are hosting their third-annual Beyond Pink conference, a two-day event for networking, speakers, panel discussions and inspiration that is expected to attract 250 participants. There is even a trade-show-like setting where exhibitors provide advice, not goods.

"We had never felt disadvantaged," explained one of the founders, Jennifer Sung. "But we knew that there were some unique differences in carving our career path that were not so apparent to our male peers."

The group collectively began to wonder why they had not been exposed to a conference that addressed the needs and interests of young women like them, Sung said.

So YWiB and Beyond Pink was born.

One of the issues being addressed this year is how couples really interact and balance their lives, careers and families, so they invited some of the city's busiest couples to tell them how to do that.

"Balance is something that everyone strives to find, and if you can see how everyone else is doing it, the pitfalls and the successes, and the tricks and ways to make it work [that really helps]," said Dani Waters, who is the speaker coordinator for the conference.

Three couples will sit on Beyond Pink's Power Couple Panel: Andrea and Nick Scott, owners of spa and facial company, Skoah; Nick Reiach Great Little Box Company vice-president, and Katie Dunsworth-Reiach, of Smart Cookies financial advisers and Spark PR co-founder; and Gayla Dehart of Achieve Excellence Professional Coaching Services and husband, John, Nurse Next Door co-founder.

"What really stood out to us was how many of our couples have children or are starting families and [we want to hear] how they are going through that transition," Waters said. "I strongly believe, or at least I strongly hope, that you can have it all, and I think all three of these couples are examples of people that really support each other and enable each other to do what they are doing."

Conference organizer Lindsey Smith agrees.

"There's been a stereotype in the past that you have to pick your family or your career," Smith said. "If you want to advance your career, be the CEO, means you won't be able to have children or spend any time with them. We're all pretty driven women, and we want everything, and it's pretty frightening being told you have to pick one of the other."

Waters attended Beyond Pink last year and "got such a big energy boost from seeing other women that were excited about life and excited about what they wanted."

This year's conference theme is "Make Your Brand. Leave Your Mark."

"We're all energetic and determined, but what am I good at?" Smith asked. "What do I sell people on? What makes me different from the people sitting beside me?"

Keynote speaker Michelle Rupp, principal of Lighthouse Leadership will speak on the challenges she's overcome and what made her stick out from the crowd.

Judy Brooks, who co-founded Blo Blow Dry Bar with her mother Judy, returns as a speaker as well to talk about adding value to personal interactions.

"Let's look beyond the package that may or may not be important," Brooks said. "Let's look at what you're leaving behind. That's what a mark is.

"When I leave the room, do I want somebody to remember what I was wearing or how I made them feel?" Brooks asked. "I want them to remember how I made them feel."

The conference is Nov. 19 and 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.

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Sauder Alumni: The Young Women in Business 3rd Annual Beyond Pink Conference

November 9, 2010 The Young Women in Business are excited to present their 3rd Annual Beyond P!nk Conference on November 19th& 20th at the Four Seasons-Vancouver.

Join business leaders, entrepreneurs, fabulous speakers and inspired delegates at this conference that is sure to allow you to “make your brand and leave your mark.”

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SFU club launches unique program to inspire female students to make a difference

Young Women in Business at SFU Encourage Social Entrepreneurship BURNABY, B.C. (October 29, 2010)- A group of enthusiastic students from the Young Women in Business (YWiB) Network at SFU (YWiB SFU) have embarked on a new project for social change. The new program, Project GIVE (Generating Innovative Visions of Entrepreneurship), will provide participants with the opportunity to develop ideas and business plans for social change while working alongside mentors from leading non-profit organizations.

Founder of the Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation (CSEF), Jason Carvalho, a passionate social-entrepreneur, is very excited about the new initiative and believes it is well aligned with the CSEF goals. CSEF will provide key support for the program through grants to fund the final projects. Says Carvalho, “Education is the fundamental foundation for change in all Societies. YWiB’s Project Give’s 5 month program will be a crash course in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise for these young professional would-be changemakers.  With a solid understanding of the underlining dynamics and history of social enterprise in B.C,  CSEF hopes that this knowledge will empower these budding social entrepreneurs to harness the energy of profitmaking to the objective of fulfilling human needs.”

Tiffanie Lai, co-President of YWiB SFU, expresses her enthusiasm, “Project GIVE is YWiB SFU's second successful endeavour for a unique cohort-based opportunity unlike any other in the lower mainland. It's the first time that passionate and budding female entrepreneurs have the chance to fully develop social entrepreneurship ideas with the help of experienced mentors and a fantastic feedback panel."

Project GIVE launches on Saturday, October 30th 2010, when the program holds its first seminar at the SFU Burnaby Campus. At the event, students will be introduced to the growing field of social entrepreneurship in BC and learn about the process and structure of a strong business plan. They will receive inspiration from stories and experiences shared by the program’s mentors.

Notable program mentors who will share their insight with Project GIVE participants include Loretta Cella (Passion Foundation), Sean Peters (Global Agents), Val Litwin (Extreme Kindness) and Kathryn Graham (Are You Aware Society Canada).

Upon completion of Project GIVE, students will have developed the skills and passion to undertake their projects. With the generous donation from the Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation and the help of their mentors, participants will have the opportunity to put their ideas into action and make a lasting difference and positive impact on society.

Media Enquiries: Katie Peardon Social Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Young Women in Business SFU 604-346-9629 (cell) About YWiB:

The Young Women in Business Network is a non-profit society for emerging female leaders in Western Canada. The network acts as the central forum to connect ambitious young women from a variety of careers, industries, and backgrounds. YWiB hosts a variety of events that provide members with opportunities to develop relevant skills and knowledge, so that they have the insight, support, and capability to reach their fullest personal and professional potential.

About YWiB SFU:

YWiB SFU is a university chapter of the greater YWiB community and provides the resources and support to bring passionate young women together to make a positive impact in their own lives and the lives of others. Focusing primarily on mentorship, networking and facilitated growth, YWiB SFU is committed to bringing members closer to front-line executives who are professionals in their specific areas of expertise. YWiB SFU’s current projects include a professional development workshop series, the SOUL (Supporting Our University Leaders) Mentorship Program, and their new social entrepreneurship program, Project GIVE (Generating Innovative Visions of Entrepreneurship).

Project GIVE Program Sponsor: Jason Carvalho, Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation (CSEF)

After attending the first Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, UK, Jay Carvalho founded the Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation, a BC not for profit that strives to educate, fund and celebrate Social Entrepreneurs in Canada. Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship are his life. Over the last 10 years he has been part of the management and/or Founding teams of 3 of BC's most successful startups.  Despite his commitment to entrepreneurship, Jay also helped launch other not for profits such as OneGlobaltribe, a USA based non-profit, which was based off the award-winning PBS Series: Globaltribe. He has been an adviser and consultant for the Silicon Valley social enterprise start-up and has served as a business plan judge/assessor for the World Bank’s Development Market Place, University of Victoria and Stanford University Business Plan Competitions.

Notable Project GIVE Mentors: Loretta Cella, (Passion Foundation Sean Peters, (Global Agents) Val Litwin, (Extreme Kindness) Kathryn Graham, (Are You Aware Society Canada).

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Exploring Gender Differences in the Workplace

VANCOUVER – (May 27, 2010) On May 14, 2010, Vancouver’s professionals gathered at UBC Robson Square to participate in a conversation about gender differences in the workplace.  The Young Women in Business network (YWiB) gathered seven of Vancouver’s top male and female CEO’s to provide their insights and share their experiences. The esteemed panel included retired CEO of BC Hydro Bob Elton, Founder and CEO of GhostCEO Chris Flett, Founder and CEO of Nurse Next Door Ken Sim, CEO of VanCity Tamara Vrooman, President of Weyerhaeuser Anne Giardini, and Co-Founder and CEO of Cybele Negris.

Moderated by Founder and CEO of Blo Blow Dry Bar, Judy Brooks, the panel was put on the spot when asked to give their opinions on some tough topics.  When asked if they felt women were at a disadvantage in the workplace, Flett explained, “Being a woman is never an excuse in business – the business world is not fair, but everyone has the same opportunity to decide what actions they will take.” The women in the audience were encouraged to be assertive in the workplace and take charge of their careers. Elton brought to light an interesting statistic, “A man will apply for a job if he has five of the ten required qualifications, a woman may not even apply if she has nine.”

Both men and women in the audience were enlightened by Sim when he explained that he quit his lucrative job in investment banking because he wanted to start a family – and have the time to spend with them.  Vrooman supported his point with the observation; “We don’t give men enough opportunities to participate at home, which would give women the opportunity to participate more at work.” The challenges women face in building a home and supporting a family are experienced by men – they just aren’t talked about as much.

Sim further encouraged young professionals to do what they love and what they are passionate about.  To define a commonly used term, Negris explained that what is important is being passionate about what you do on a day to day basis, not necessarily the product you are selling.  Brooks further explained ‘doing what you’re passionate about’ using an analogy.  “If you’re passionate about drinking tea, it doesn’t mean you should open a tea shop. You may not like running a tea shop, or serving tea.” The Panelists agreed that passion and dedication go hand-in-hand and emphasized the value of networking and mentorships that organizations such as YWiB provide. Vrooman used an analogy- “going through life without a mentor or network is like setting out on a trip and having to not only go through the journey alone, but also build the road in front of you without a map and without knowing the terrain.”

The panel finished with a call for more young men to participate in the discussion.  While there were a few young men in the audience, YWiB will be working to further encourage the attendance of young men at future events.  Elton says, “When you get a group of men and women together, you get a much richer conversation.”

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YWiB President Paulina Lipska, and Marketing Director Marica Rizzo are available for comment and questions.

Paulina Lipska Phone: 604-773-8078 Email:

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About YWiB:

The Young Women in Business Network is a non-profit society for emerging female leaders in Western Canada. The network acts as the central forum to connect ambitious young women from a variety of careers, industries, and backgrounds. YWiB hosts a variety of events that provide members with opportunities to develop relevant skills and knowledge, so that they have the insight, support, and capability to reach their fullest personal and professional potential.