Global Attendance for Schulich’s Virtual Women in Business Event
Schulich’s annual Women in Business event gathered over 200 attendees from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in business. For the first time ever, the event was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keynote Speaker Reetu Gupta (MBA ’08) CEO and President, The Gupta Group and The Easton’s Group of Hotels, and CEO of the Gupta Family Foundation, infused the morning event with energy and inspiration.
Frequently the youngest person and only woman at the table, Gupta shared that attendees were already empowering themselves by furthering their education and therefore knowledge. She advised to be successful, women must lead with courage, confidence and conviction.
“All you have to do is believe you have the power to achieve your dreams,” said Gupta. “This power already exists within you. Your words have power. Tell yourself every day. Your words can transform you and transform your life.”
Schulich Professor Ela Veresiu led an alumni panel featuring Miranda Gobran (MREI ’19) Mortgage Agent and Co-founder, The Lending Suite, Megi Kokaleri (BBA ’17 and MBA Candidate) Customer Success Manager, Ceridian, Patrice Njoh (MBA ’13) National DEI Practice Leader, Deloitte Consulting and Saumya Soni (MBA India ’12), Group Product Manager, Personal Deposits, CIBC. The panelists shared their insight on career hurdles and how their Schulich education helped prepare them for their careers.
Special thanks to corporate partner KPMG, and the leadership of Bobbi-Jean White, who was also at the event to congratulate this year’s KPMG Scholarship Recipients. Prior to the pandemic, the annual event has been held at the KPMG offices since 2010.