Attending the Young Women in Business (YWiB) event at the brand-new Take Five Café in Gastown on Tuesday night couldn’t have been more enjoyable. I was surrounded by trendy, new and modern décor, cheese, wine and friendly young female professionals to chat with – what more could a girl want?
After half an hour of mingling we were invited to hear how three successful women and one very prosperous man are building their success stories.
Aki Kaltenbach, Director of Solution Partners at HootSuite described her journey to find a fit that was “just right.” After working as a Publicist in London and at a restaurant in Whistler owned by her family, Aki felt the urge to return to Vancouver and pursue what she went to school for – Marketing. Back in Vancouver she finally found her sweet spot at a rapidly expanding technology company, HootSuite.
Genevieve Ennis Hume, co-owner of Hume Atelier explained how she and her husband followed their hearts down a road peppered with learning curves and unexpected mentors to create an ethical and rewarding business in the mining industry.
Last but not least, Marrissa Iannacone, Marketing Communications Manager at Take Five Café and Andre Zappavigna, Retail Operations Manager at Take Five Café told their stories about how staying true to their values and stepping out of the box to try new things led them to Take Five Café; an entrepreneurial company that they are truly passionate about.
After the presentations, Paulina Lipska, President of YWiB and Jillian Iannacone, Event Coordinator at YWiB opened up the floor for a Q&A session. We discussed goal setting and achievement, when to listen to your gut, and how to keep yourself motivated and always striving to do better. This inspired me to write a bucket list and taught me not to worry if my goals change along the way to building my own success story!
The positive energy, enthusiasm and inspiration the women of YWiB share are infectious and I highly recommend them to anyone looking to join a strong, professional network.
YWiB's “Beyond Pink” event is on November 2/3. Click here for more details!