[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!

join the {r}evolution on June 13th!

meet Kristin and Shannon- they are kind of awesome... they are travelers, adventurers, kitchen-table philosophers, and they believe that every purchase they make makes an impact on the world. They met traveling in Australia and continued on to Central America in 2010 with no set plans, but an idea- a fashionable, minimalist clothing line for female travelers. Since then, they successfully completed one of the highest-funded fashion campaigns in Kickstarter history and launched {r}evolution apparel! How did they do it? Watch this short video to see their exciting and revolutionary idea come to life:


YWiB loves (loves!!) to share the stories of success young female entrepreneurs and we were so hooked on what {r}evolution apparel stands for that when we heard they were going on a cross-country tour in America to spark conversations, we couldn't help ourselves so... we invited them to Vancouver!!

That's right- we're sooo excited to share that we will be hosting the {r} team in Vancouver in just a few weeks! We're having a bit of fun with the event and hosting a mini fashion show night with Vancouver's very own Malene Grotrian- a fashion woman extraordinaire, who integrates values of minimalism and sustainability into the creation of her clothing.

check out all the details for the event here - we can't wait to see you & spread the {r} story!

YWiB SFU is "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures"

Written by Michaela Klassen, Marketing & Communications, International Women's Day Conference Last year, YWiB’s SFU chapter had the pleasure of hosting their first annual International Women’s Day conference.  The sold-out event was a truly inspirational day, featuring amazing speakers, a great panel session and plenty of new connections and friendships.  YWiB SFU will once again be hosting their signature event, but this year everything is bigger and better!

Following this year’s theme, “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures”, the event will be focused on making connections between people and experiences.  While most of us are, in fact, “Young Women in Business,” the event is relevant to girls from any industry and faculty.  Our keynote speakers will discuss challenges that all women face, such as over-coming adversity and achieving your dreams.  The panel will  discuss a variety of questions regarding the unique challenges women face in today’s world and ways to overcome them.  This year’s event will also feature entertainment and an expo showcasing entrepreneurs, start-ups, and non-profit organizations dedicated to women’s rights and advancement.

One of the panelists, Detective Lisa Kofod of the VPD, expressed how excited she is to be involved with this event as she feels it’s important to fill in the information gaps for women working in a male dominated industry.  How do we encourage women to find careers in roles that are often interpreted as unconventional?  According to Lisa, it‘s all about knowledge.  From her experiences, Lisa has observed that most often, women become interested in working for the VPD through their partners or spouses.  “Women often accompany their partner to the application process or information sessions and find that the VPD has more to offer than what society assumes.  By providing information sessions and getting involved with events like YWiB SFU's International Women's Day, we can provide women with the knowledge that is often missing regarding career possibilities in such a male-dominated industry as policing.”

For one of our keynote speakers, Anna Rice, the battle for women’s equality continues to be a top priority. As a member of the Canadian National Badminton Team, Anna has been an advocate for women's equality in badminton for all of her career.  One of the main highlights comes from her fight for equal salaries amongst female and male badminton players; it isn't easy to represent yourself in a world of athleticism dominated by the male superiority.  From the number of male athletes compared to females, to the average salaries between both genders, there are many inequalities that remain in the athletic world today.  It used to be that the females would play shorter games than the male players, and that was the justification for the unequal salaries.  However, when the rules changed and games became equal lengths, Anna took it upon herself to fight for equal wages.

Ultimately, this event will give students and professionals alike the opportunity to connect with other like-minded, motivated individuals who are interested in bettering the situation for women everywhere.

For more information about the International Women’s Day conference, check out www.ywib.ca/sfu/iwd/.  Tickets are on sale now!!  Be sure to follow @YWiBSFU and check out #IWDsfu on Twitter to join the conversation and for more conference updates!

The Young Social Innovators Event Series

YWiB is a presenting supporter of The Young Social Innovators Event Series: A Lightning Pitch Event on March 6th will feature 90 second presentations from some of the most exciting initiatives from under 30's in BC (and cash prizes!), and a relaxed environment to network with emerging and established social change leaders, including members of the Council.

On March 10th we're hosting a follow-up Speak Up! mini-conference for youth and youth serving organizations to generate more specific recommendations and feedback based on the Advisory Councils draft report (see below).

Information and registration links here:

Lightening Pitch Event on March 6th, $10 tickets (drink included!)

Speak Up! mini conference on March 10th, free!

Your Feedback is Needed - The BC Advisory Council on Social Entrepreneurship is about to present recommendations to the BC government on advancing social innovation in the province, and wants to hear from young social innovators before they finalize their report. Their draft report can be found here.

Please share your thoughts at the following link: http://bit.ly/wIp27x

upcoming event: Carving Your Path on March 19th!

Carving Your Path: finding or creating a workplace based on your values and passions, and creating goals to achieve personal and professional success- an evening with Andrea Scott, co-owner of skoah, and Deanne Schweitzer, V.P. of Global Brand at lululemon. YWiB invites you to join skoah co-founder Andrea Scott and Deanne Schweitzer for an evening conversation around creating and pursuing a career that brings together your values and passions. Andrea and Deanne will share their stories of the lessons they have learned from their businesses and share advice they wish they had known when they were a 20-something year old. 

for details, bios & tickets, visit the eventbrite link here.

hope we see you there!


YWiB hosts screening of documentary Miss Representation!

We're so excited to be hosting Miss Representation in Vancouver, on December 5 2011. Immediately following the first screening, we will be holding a panel discussion featuring: Moderator:

  • Janet Austin, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Metro Vancouver, Influential Woman in Business [@ywcavan]


  • Patricia Graham, Vice President, Digital for Pacific Newspaper Group, publisher of The Vancouver Sun and The Province and their digital properties [@patriciagraham]
  • Kirk LaPointe, Ombudsman at CBC, themediamanager.com, UBC School of Journalism adjunct professor  [@kirklapointe]
  • Pamela Martin, Director of Community Outreach for the Office of the Premier Christy Clark, ex-CTV News Vancouver Anchor [@pamelamartin_bc]
  • Amy Chan, columnist for the Sun Media’s 24 Hours Newspaper and The Huffington Post [@amyfabulous]

For more information on tickets, visit here.  A special discount applies for YWiB members :)