Young Women in Business offers opportunity for young entrepreneurs

The Young Women in Business (YWiB) started the year off strong with a collaboration with the University of Victoria’s Investment Group (UVIG). To kick things off, YWiB hosted a panel discussion event on Jan. 20 where members of both groups shared knowledge from local professionals offering insight into their paths to success. The event included guest speakers such as Ida Chong, a current member of UVic’s Board of Governors and a professional accountant; David Caul, a senior strategic advisor with more than 25 years experience in commercial finance; and Scott Wagner, an entrepreneur who started Zentra, one of the largest computer infrastructure companies in Canada.

YWiB is a non-profit society for emerging female leaders that provides an outlet for ambitious individuals to build leadership skills and establish a personal network. Their goal, says Emma Wagner, YWiB’s Executive of Engagement, is to “offer support necessary to help individuals develop into their fullest personal and professional potential.” YWiB connects women from all educational fields, careers, and industries, and provides members with the skills and support to achieve success on their own terms, through thought-provoking events such as panel sessions, networking events, workshops, conferences, programs, and other events involving female-led networking and business groups.

“I have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, a wonderful group of young ladies,” says Wagner. “I think the best part of [YWiB] is that each event is part of a larger process — building on professional skills that help young people achieve their dream career.”

One of the upcoming workshops is a personal branding and headshot event, taking place later this February, where members are taught how to create a personal brand and social media presence, and have an opportunity for professional headshots to be taken. Another upcoming event will feature local professionals and potential employers that will allow members to practice previously learned skills in networking.

YWiB is always looking for new members, and despite their name, is open to all people in all faculties. If you are a passionate individual looking to expand your current network and are interested in gaining relevant skills for all aspects of life, YWiB might be perfect for you. Members pay a small fee, but receive many life changing opportunities in return. Check them out at ywib.ca/uvic.

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