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Hives for Humanity

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Check out the short video below about a consulting project the GBWC did in collaboration with Hives for Humanity in 2016. This project enabled SFU Beedie MBA students to gain practical experience by contributing their expertise to real-world business problems.

Ale Brown: Taking Initiative is the Key to Success

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 Alejandra Brown

Graduated: 2014 EMBA

Current Job: Vice President, Strategy  at SFCG

LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/alejandrabrown

Where are you currently working and what path did you take to get there?

I just graduated from the EMBA program, on June 10th so I am a newly minted MBA Alumni. I am currently working for a CRM and Digital Marketing Consulting company in Austin, TX named SFCG. I am the only Canadian employee and since they don’t have offices in Vancouver, I work from home and I go down to Austin every 4-6 weeks.

I started working at SFCG in January and I am the newest member of their executive team, ensuring that our corporate strategy is in line with our growth plans and taking care of all of our strategic customers and consulting engagements to ensure that SFCG grows as one of the most respected CRM and Digital Marketing consulting firms in North America. (more…)

Jane Xia: An Optimist With A Great Attitude Will Always Succeed

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Name: Jane Xia

Graduated: 2011 MBA (Full time)

Current Job: Pharmacy Representative, Merck Canada

LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Jane/Xia 

Where are you currently working and what path did you take to get there?

I started out as a community pharmacist. After finishing my MBA, I got promoted as assistant pharmacy manager then pharmacy manager. I learned a lot about retail pharmacy and to satisfy my curiosity in the pharmaceutical industry, I ventured into my current position as pharmacy representative. (more…)

Octavia Yung: Having An Open Mind Could Take You Places

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oct_picName: Octavia Yung

Graduated: 2009 MBA – Management of Technology

Current Job: Technology Consultant at E-Comm 911

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/octaviay

Where are you currently working and what path did you take to get there?

Currently, I am a Technology Consultant at E-Comm 911. Shortly after I graduated from the MOT Program,a colleague and friend recruited me to be a contract Business Analyst where I had the opportunity to combine my technical and newly acquired business skills. I returned briefly as a full-time employee last year at Vision Critical, but have since re-started my consulting business and love the variety and flexibility that comes with self-employment. (more…)

Danielle Friesen: Never Discount The Value Of Your Personal And Family Network

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Danielle picName: Danielle Friesen

Graduated: 2013 MBA (Full time)

Current Job: Junior developer at Pierview Investments / Elkay Developments Ltd.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellefriesen

Where are you currently working and what path did you take to get there?

Currently working at Pierview Investments; I realized part way into my MBA that if I wanted to get into land development (my ‘back of mind’ long term career goal), the time was right to learn from my father before he retired. I approached him and made a pitch about how I could add value to his associated group of companies. (more…)

Sophie Collins: Learn From Those Around You

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Sophie Collins

Name: Sophie Collins

Graduated: 2013 Academic Completion – MBA (Full-time)

Current Job: Project Coordinator at QuickMobile

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sophieccollins


Where are you currently working and what path did you take to get there?

I will graduate in June 2014 but finished the academic portion of my MBA in 2013. I am working at QuickMobile as a Project Coordinator. Before I joined the MBA program, I had been an event planner for several years. I wanted to leverage my organizational and communication skills to pursue a role in Project Management. QuickMobile was a perfect fit because our clients are oftentimes event planners and our apps are used at events.  (more…)

Rhonda Wideman: Lessons Learned at Beedie – Attitude Rather Than Skills

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Rhonda headshotName: Rhonda Wideman

Graduated: 2010 – MOT MBA

Current Job: Consultant at Rhonda Wideman Consulting

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rhonda-wideman/a/4a0/622

Can you describe your career path and how you started your own company ?

I graduated from the MOT MBA program in 2010; at the time I was in a great research management role at a local non-profit biomedical organization.  That role grew and changed quite a bit over the following several years and gave me lots of great experience managing cross-disciplinary research teams, project management, IP management, strategic planning, and business development.  But I’ve always been really interested in consulting, so in 2013 I left and started my own consulting company.  (more…)

Sarah-Kate Skinner: Your Passion Can Be Your Profession

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Sarah-Kate SkinnerName: Sarah-Kate Skinner

Graduated: 2010 – MBA (Full time)

Current Job: Merchandising Associate at Lululemon Athletica, Inc.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-kate-skinner/16/351/837 

Describe your career path and how you landed your job at lululemon athletica. 

I applied for a few different positions in early June in lieu of applying for an internship. I already knew a few people around the office because my thesis was based on lululemon and from being in the industry for a while, so that helped with my application process. I set my sights high and went for it! My advice for grads-to-be is to start thinking about what kind of job or company want to work for after your internship and get practice applying. Even if you don’t get the job, you will get feedback about your application, helping you in the long run.  (more…)