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UBCO is proud to announce EMERGE, a virtual career week tailored specifically towards students who identify as Black or as a person of colour. Connect with peers, alumni, and industry members to learn helpful tips for job hunting and starting your career.
Learn how to navigate the unique situations that students of colour may experience while searching for jobs, as well as the resources that are available to help. This event will include workshops, a job fair, and the opportunity to network. There will also be a keynote session featuring UBC alumna and entrepreneur, Adobea Foli.
Adobea Foli is a UBC alumna and entrepreneurial-minded leader. With over ten years of experience in Project Management, Data Analysis, Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Foli has reinvented and repositioned her career in the USA, Ghana and Canada, and across various industries. She is a firm believer in building strong and meaningful relationships to grow and develop in your career or business.
In December 2019, Foli launched StartGrowPivot, an online platform to provide new immigrant professionals to Canada career and Startup advice through 1-on-1 coaching, digital content, events and networking.
Adobea Foli, our keynote speaker, is an entrepreneurial-minded leader with over ten years of experience in Project Management, Data Analysis, Business Development and Corporate Strategy. Adobea has reinvented and repositioned her career in the USA, Ghana and Canada, and across various industries. She is a firm believer in building strong and meaningful relationships to grow and develop in your career or business.
She is originally from Ghana and relocated to Canada 5 years ago to complete her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the UBC Sauder School of Business. After completing her MBA, she has developed her career in Data Analysis and Project Management in Retail. She is currently a Program Manager at lululemon in Vancouver. In December 2019, Adobea launched StartGrowPivot, an online platform to provide new immigrant professionals to Canada career and Startup advice through 1-on-1 coaching, digital content, events and networking.
Adobea is a career counsellor, mentor, speaker, facilitator and an avid dinner party host. Adobea volunteers with other career and mentorship organizations. She is a UBC Alumni career mentor and the Social Media and Communications chair of the Women in Leadership Foundation, Vancouver chapter. When she can carve out some spare time, Adobea enjoys eating out with friends, travelling, cooking, and Afro-beat dance. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. Adobea invites you to join the SGP newsletter community, visit the StartGrowPivot career and start-up tips YouTube channel and connect on LinkedIn.
Adobea does not represent lululemon as a speaker. Thoughts and opinions shared are her own and do not reflect the position of the company or any organization. The presentation will be for educational purposes only and does not mean to market or highlight any company or its products.
Tuesday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 3
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The West Coast Virtual Fair is back this spring with a focus on jobs and volunteer opportunities. It is a collaboration between the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Victoria. Our institutions are pleased to offer students and alumni the opportunity to connect with hundreds of employers and recruiters at one main virtual event this Spring.
Register on UBC CareersOnline.
Students and alumni must RSVP to this event in order to receive further instructions and link to the virtual fair platform closer to the event date. Then, sign up for an account on the Eventus platform any time after Feb. 19, to create a profile.
Candidates can then filter through the organizations on Eventus depending on their specific needs and book fifteen minute, one-on-one, timeslots with the recruiters they wish to connect with via video chat. They can also sign up for group sessions with exhibitors that have them scheduled.
There are no line-ups at this fair, but early time slot booking is recommended as spots may fill up.
Wednesday, March 3
2 – 3 p.m.
There are lots of reasons companies are embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace; it improves productivity, fosters creativity and innovation. Employees from diverse backgrounds can face lack of representation that can impact their mental health and psychological safety at work.
In this session facilitated by international student counsellor Liz Jonas, we look at strategies that can prepare new graduates to ensure inclusion that promotes mental wellness in the workplace.
Thursday, March 4
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Participate in a facilitated discussion about workplace barriers using an intersectional lens, and explore ways to overcome cultural barriers and improve cross-cultural communication and expression.
Thursday, March 4
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
A networking opportunity where you choose who you speak with and use your curiosity. Get all your questions answered from alumni and community partners from multiple sectors including; finance, federal government, insurance, business, arts, and engineering, and education.
Our session panelists will discuss their career paths and share personal best practices and tools that helped them to succeed, as well as what it takes to overcome barriers in pursuit of personal and professional excellence.
This event will consist of two parts:
Friday, March 5
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a 90-minute structured, supportive and fun virtual experience. Conversations Matter connects people to have meaningful conversations, gain clarity about their choices in life, and create possibilities for what is next. In this session you will be playing a game with your fellow students and making friends along the way. This is a fun and active session, no lectures here!
UBC’s Okanagan campus is situated on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation