Brighter Futures from MBA women to YWCA Toronto

Guest blog from Ryerson MBA Women in Leadership Association

In February, Ryerson’s MBA Women in Leadership Association (WiLA) held an inaugural Brighter Futures fundraiser for the benefit of YWCA Toronto. The event exceeded its fundraising goal by $4,000, and our Women in Leadership Association ultimately raised over $14,000 for the YWCA Toronto in one evening!

WiLA’s vision is to create a challenging, innovative and inspiring forum for women and men to promote and support the success of diverse women in leadership. WiLA’s goal is to empower female MBA students to seize leadership opportunities, while nurturing relationships with industry leaders and like-minded organizations to enable career advancement.

WiLA’s partnership with YWCA Toronto for this event was a perfect fit. YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by providing secure housing for women fleeing violence, employment supports to help women get into the work force, training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs.  As part of a national and international movement, the YWCA is a turning point in the lives of 25 million women and girls worldwide.

YWCA Toronto works to ensure that all women have opportunities to be successful in all facets of life, which is exactly what our Ryerson MBA WiLA is working toward.  Although we are MBA students, our association is not only focused on the advancement of businesswomen. As students of Ryerson University, all WiLA members (past and present) are passionate about diversity, equality, and the safety of all women.  As active members of the Ryerson community, we are dedicated to giving back, and we were ecstatic to contribute to such a deserving cause.

The 2013 Ryerson MBA Women in Leadership Association (WiLA) is made up of seven MBA students; President Jocelyn Edmison, VP External Hilary Green, VP Internal Katie Severs, VP PR Kristin Mclean, VP Operations Melissa Dodaro, VP Communications Phoebe Deng, Treasurer Deen Mathura, and our two VP Alumni Reps Sarah Madden and Michelle Wong. Additionally, students, alumni, faculty, the Dean, and President of Ryerson University, Sheldon Levy all contributed to this amazing cause. The Brighter Futures event was a phenomenal example of what students can expect from the Ryerson MBA experience: everyone involved worked together to give back to our community, and we had an amazing time doing it.

WiLA also thanks the two wonderful keynote speakers at the Brighter Futures event.  Denise O’Neil Green, Ryerson’s first assistant Vice President/Vice Provost Equity, Diversity and Inclusion was a perfect fit as she was able to speak to the advancement of women in business, as well as the importance of diversity and inclusion.  Our other outstanding speaker, Carla Neto, is a Program Manager of a YWCA Toronto Women’s Shelter.  Carla spoke about the necessity of safe places for women and families, and how important it is for both women and men to support the advancement of women.

Our Association is extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish with the Brighter Futures event.  The Ryerson MBA Women in Leadership would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all individuals, groups, and companies who helped make Brighter Futures possible.

With your help, we were able to donate over $14,000 to an extremely worthy cause!