Women As Career Coaches 2008 Annual Event

HIEC's Size Doubles from First Year Attendance!

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Women as Career Coaches gives young women the opportunity to learn about careers and pathways through mentoring.

WACC 2008 brought together 280+ young women from the Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton District School Board to interact with 280+ adult women who have experienced a variety of exciting and interesting careers. Student participants ranged from Grades 9 - 12, and will be pursuing a variety of post-secondary pathways (work, university, college and apprenticeship). Some of the students in attendance were aware of the occupational direction they intended to follow, while others were still exploring their options. Attendees had the opportunity to speak with female mentors from multiple sectors who acted as career coaches to empower young women to learn about the numerous career pathways available to them and take control of their futures. Women as Career Coaches celebrates women - their goals, pathways, and accomplishments.

Media coverage for the event has grown with as has the support. The Hamilton Spectator was one of our Media Sponsors and provided marketing opportunities, through ad space, to the event (please see attached). CHCH News acted as a second Media Sponsor and provided an opportunity for HIEC to appear on the CHCH Morning Show Live to promote WACC. In addition, Annette Hamm, Co-Host Morning Live acted as one of the spotlight speakers. SNAP Burlington Newspaper covered the event. The Burlington Post ran an ad to help in the recruitment of Career Coaches. 'The Source' (a program of TV Cogeco) interviewed HIEC staff at the event and aired the program following the event. Thanks to all of these sources WACC continues to grow and help young women in there future careers.

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Keynote Speaker Karyn Gordon latest work: Dr. Karyn's Guide to the Teen Years.

Dr. Karyn Gordon returns! Presenting a dynamic new plan to the audience '7 Strategic Questions to Inspire Youth to Reach Their Career Potential'. The presentation was built on the premise that anyone can find a 'job' but a 'career' should reflect individual skills, personality and passion. To achieve career potential, we need to learn how to ask the right questions.

The dynamic keynote presentation covered: The importance of personality types as it relates to career, potential, a simple way to uncover different learning styles, the 5 common obstacles preventing youth from achieving their career potential, the 5 creative solutions related to these obstacles, and the 7 strategic questions every youth needs to ask themselves.

Throughout the course of the evening, attendees also had the opportunity to hear from 5 different "Spotlight Speakers" who told their stories and explained their pathways in terms of the Engage Principles. Spotlight speakers included:

  • Pauline Trinier - Figure Fitness Competitor
  • Annette Hamm - Co-Host Morning Live, CHCH News
  • Tonika Morgan - Community/Social Activist, Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre
  • Corin 'Pinky' Ames - Apprentice, Holmes on Homes
  • Debbe Shannon - Artist

Testomonials of enthusiastic attendees:

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The Interactive Identity mural by local artist Debbie Shannon

'Thank you, thank you, thank you, for organizing such a fabulous night last night. My students loved it, as did I! It was such an uplifting event. The spotlight speakers were really enthusiastic, and their messages were important for the students to hear, as well as the coaches. The women at my table and the students all clicked, and we really enjoyed our discussions. I wrote down many uplifting quotes and ideas. Kudos to you, and everyone else at HIEC who made last night possible. Sign me up again for next year!"→ Teacher

'I learned a lot of things coming to this. It really helped me think things through. Everyone's story was very inspiring and I could relate to a lot of it. I am not going to be so negative about myself and just because I feel like I'm falling back in life doesn't mean I am going to give up. I'm going to focus on my self and figure out what I want to do."→ Student