BBOT’s Women’s Business Success Network Brings Together 120 Students With 40 Women in Business to Explore Careers and Leadership

This week the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Women’s Business Success Network (WBSN) in partnership with Burnaby School District 41, brought together over 40 professional women to share career highlights and leadership guidance with young women in grades 10,11 and 12 from across the Burnaby School District. Women from a wide variety of professions and sectors including engineering, social innovation, film production, digital arts and technology engaged in roundtable discussions with over 120 students from across Burnaby in two Career and Leadership Exploration World Cafés.

These “World Café” style events, allowed groups of students to move from table to table for roundtable discussions to hear from  professionals who shared insights into their career paths allowing students to discover and inquire about sectors and careers they may have discounted or been unaware of.

Paul Holden, President and CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade said, “Creating opportunities for young women to learn about the breadth of career opportunities in our business community is so important to creating career pathways for the next generation of women business leaders, and to driving a healthy and diverse economy.”

“There are so many opportunities in our economy, from sciences to the arts to entrepreneurship, and these events created an opportunity for students to see women succeeding and leading in a variety of these roles and learn from their successes and challenges,” added Joanne Curry, Chair of the WBSN.

The Career and Leadership Exploration Cafes are an initiative of the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Women’s Business Success Network (WBSN). The WBSN is a group of women and men who are interested in supporting women in all types of business by facilitating meaningful connections and by advancing supportive public policy.