Run it like a girl explores the inspiring stories of women leaders from a variety of fields and industries. You’ll hear energizing tales and career journeys from women who’ve made their marks as leading change-makers in their industries.
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Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan had two challenges as she progressed through student leadership at Memorial University in her home province of Newfoundland. Not only was she female, but Ann Marie was always the youngest. She started university at 16 and ran for student government in her third year. By the age of 21, Ann Marie had advanced through to president of the largest student union in Atlantic Canada, the third woman to hold that role.Ann Marie is now the president of Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario following a 5-year stint as the president and CEO of Newfoundland’s College of the North Atlantic. Her advice to young people: take opportunities, don’t be afraid of failure, and seek out mentors.
Sevaun Palvetzian heads up Civic Action, an independent organization in Toronto that uses a collaborative approach to come up with solutions to some of the most pressing urban challenges. Civic Action has been around for nearly 15 years, starting as a Toronto-specific city building organization and expanding to cover the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. CivicAction is considered to be the premier civic engagement organization in the country.Following her achievement of a Masters in American History, Sevaun left Canada for an internship in Washington DC, where she worked with a program called Presidential Classroom. And what started as a 4-month internship, turned into a four year adventure in the American capital.On this episode of Run It Like a Girl, Sevaun talks about her very first and most valuable mentors - her parents. She gives some tips on how to find your voice and make sure you own your seat at the table, whether it be a kitchen table, classroom table or boardroom table.
Hannah Taylor was only 5 when she saw a homeless man searching for food in a dumpster on a cold winter day in her hometown of Winnipeg. Even at that young age, the experience was so profound for Hannah, that she began fundraising to help out.By the age of 8, she had formed the LadyBug Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at fighting homelessness and poverty. At 22, Hannah’s foundation has raised around 4-million-dollars to support shelters, missions, and food banks across the country.For her work, Hannah has received an International Humanitarian Award and a Governor General’s Award. On this episode of Run It Like a Girl Hannah gives some sound advice to young people wanting to make change, she talks about why young women need to put more trust in their abilities and why not being able to do a front roll isn’t the end of the world.
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