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Perfect is Freaking Boring: Words of Wisdom from Vancouver’s top female execs

Last Tuesday night, Y.E.S! Vancouver hosted its annual Speaker Series event at Level Furnished Living, featuring four of Vancouver’s top female executives in a panel discussion moderated by 2020 Communications’ CEO, Heather White.

The panelists included:

Susan Yurkovich, Executive Vice President, BC Hydro

Janet Austin, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA

Zdenka Buric, Managing Partner, NATIONAL Public Relations

Ellen Pekeles, Vice President of Human Resources, VanCity

A common theme emerged from the panelists’ anecdotes, words of wisdom, and often times hilarious tales of success, failure, and growth (calling cabinet ministers from pay phones outside Holt Renfrew included!):

Don’t worry about not having a plan.

And definitely don’t worry about being perfect.

The women talked about education as being hugely important on their path to success, but also – remaining flexible, being intellectually curious, doing something you love, having mentors, adding value, and perhaps most importantly – building your network, and building it now.

The panelists encouraged us – perhaps even demanded of us! – that we be authentic, remember to be human, stand up and stand out.  Most of the time for them, this meant making mistakes, learning from them, and being ok with not being perfect.

Susan Yurkovich championed the values of Y.E.S! by honing in on what she called the sisterhood of support in Vancouver.  There is a huge network of women here in Vancouver and at Y.E.S! we aim to connect young professional women through fresh fun networking events – think cocktails and conversation.  Fashion and philanthropy.  We are women helping other women.  For more information check out www.yesvancouver.org and stay tuned for our Speednetworking event on May 25th!

P.S. You can also check out the live twitter stream from the event at www.twitter/com/yesvancouver for lots of great words of wisdom!

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