2018 MEET: Mingling with Executives and Emerging Talent
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We are bringing back our yearly MME event in a better, more interactive way! Mingling with Executives and Emerging Talents (MEET) 2018 is an opportunity for emerging talents to engage with industry leaders and learn from their experiences. This year we have a new format, which includes roundtable discussions with our executives.
Our leaders and executives will first join us by introducing themselves on stage. They will then be separated to groups where attendees will cycle through the groups and ask more specific questions centered around themes such as:
- Authenticity in Action: Experiences with personal and social expectations in leadership
- Power of Attitude: How outlook and attitude affect career development
- Art of Decision Making: Increasing confidence in decision making ability
We have a very diverse group of speakers (see below) and advise the attendees to come prepared with questions around the themes mentioned above. However, you can take the conversation forward during the round table discussions as needed.
Feel free to forward the invitation to other early talents and interns in any of our seven member companies, as well as students from UBC, SFU or BCIT.
All the proceeds from the event will go the local charity –
A bit about our executive speakers:
Ria Stone: District Manager at Sodexo
Ria has been with Sodexo since 2001. While she started as a Dietary Aide, she has since taken on the role of Catering Manager, General Manager, Project Manager and now as a District Manager in BC health care sites. She is passionate about bringing design thinking to health care food service and growing talent. Ria has a BA from Simon Fraser University and loves paddle boarding.
Jayne Landry: Vice-president and Product Management for SAP Leonardo & Analytics, SAP
Jayne is SAP’s global leader for SAP Leonardo solutions, combining IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain and Analytics software to solve critical industry challenges. Jayne has been with SAP for 16 years and has over 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry.
Kristen Rasmussen: Vice-president, People and Culture at TELUS
While Kristen’s formal education is in Math, she has always had a prevailing interest in human dynamics and organizational behavior. Kristen and her team have the pleasure of working with four dynamic business units and their leadership teams; Consumer and Small Business Solutions, Broadband Networks, Technology Strategy and Finance. The opportunity to engage in this broad portfolio provides her with a constant immersion in our business and the shifting needs of TELUS customers.
Outside of work, her best days are the ones where she embarks on outdoor adventures with her partner Billy, five year old nephew and three year old niece.
Gopi Chande: Vice-president & Controller at TELUS
Gopi’s portfolio includes managing financial planning and analysis for Technology Strategy and Falcon, and overseeing TELUS-wide capital management, asset management and accounting policies. Gopi has held leadership positions in the team for seven years. Prior to TELUS, she earned her CA designation with gold medal distinction by examination with KPMG, and worked in their Vancouver, Budapest and Silicon Valley offices.
In her personal time, Gopi is a passionate volunteer. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Mulgrave Independent School Society in West Vancouver, and involved with the North Vancouver District Library Board, the Girl Guides of Canada and the Gujarati Society of BC.
Caroline: Vice-president, Human Resources at Vancity
Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 525,000 member-owners and their communities in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw territories, with 59 branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay. Prior to Vancity, Caroline has held senior leadership roles in hospitality and retail in a variety of areas such as: operations, sales, marketing, advertising, training and human resources. Her passion for developing people and reputation for creating innovative HR and operational practices has been recognized. Caroline has an MBA specializing in leadership and an MA and a PhD in Human and Organization Systems.