Tuesday, March 13th
On supporting other women: It is simple; because women understand women. Without the support and understanding of other women in my life I would not be where I am today. Women help each other create environments where women feel safe to be themselves and truly express how they feel even in business settings. Women bring unique thoughts and views to any situation and the support we can offer each other will foster these environments.
Why we heart Jake: Day to day in my career, I make a concerted effort to pay attention to the young women around me and really listen to what they are saying. I work in a male dominated industry and because of that I feel it is my responsibility to be there for the young women I work with. I take this very seriously. I make it clear that I am there for them and will help them with whatever they need. If I can not help them out I will refer them to a woman in my network I know can.
At CIBC I am also a member to the CIBC Women's Network and a part of our Vancouver Chapter. We work to support and inspire the leadership of women in CIBC.
My community associations are with Women In Leadership (WIL) as a mentor and a member of their sponsorship committee. I also am an active member of WXN, The Association of Women in Finance and PWN. To further develop my leadership skills I work with one of the best female executive coaches in Vancouver and surround myself with professional women that contribute to my learning. This development work better equips me to be there for other women in my life when they need my support, direction or encouragement.
I highly recommend the WIL Mentorship program. WIL is a wonderful development opportunity regardless of age or experience. WIL fosters the development of all women because they foster an environment of inclusiveness. This makes WIL a very special place and through WIL I have met women from different demographics of age, experience and backgrounds. Working for WIL is also a ton of fun!
On a VERY exciting note I was just appointed by Vancouver City Council to the Women's Advisory Council. I am honoured to be chosen for this amazing opportunity. The mandate of the Committee is to implement the Gender Equality Strategy for the City of Vancouver and, through doing so, enhance access to full participation in City services for women and girls. For the next 3 years I will be working on this committee which has a huge impact on issues that women and girls face in Vancouver.
Words to live by: “Potential has a shelf life.” ― Margaret Atwood
I love this quote because it reminds me that I have been gifted with great potential but if I do not take action in life, my potential will be wasted.
Role model: My biggest role model is my Mother. From a very young age I watched her make a difference in the lives of women. She was an educator. She valued her position of influence in the lives of her female students and made sure that she left them with the best legacy possible. She was one of the best, and to this day I have her past students tell me that they would not have had the careers they did without her direction. Her influence on my life was the same. I can honestly say that without her I would not be where I am today.
Must watch movie! The Devil Wears Prada. I know this may sound odd, but fashion is a way I express myself. It lets me be who I want to be on any given day. I also think in the end, this movie demonstrates that a powerful and successful women can help a young women in her own way. When I was younger I did not understand that but today I do.
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