From events in your area to online learning and networking opportunities, Game Changers is a personal and professional development program for Waterloo's GOLD - Grads of the last decade. Learn from fellow alumni as they share stories of where they started, how they succeeded, how they failed, and everything in between through events, webcasts, profiles and more!
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Career perspectives are stories where we share a conversation between two Waterloo alumni, sharing their insights into various industries, career paths and stories of their journey from Waterloo student to proud alumnus!
Career perspectives: Breaking into tech
In this conversation, Akailah Wilson (BA ’15) and Joanna Woo (BA ’09) discuss their experiences as Human Resources (HR) professionals in the Kitchener-Waterloo technology industry. Read on to get an inside view of talent recruitment in tech and uncover new inspiration for your own career.
Career perspectives: Become your own boss
In this conversation, Anne-Marie Marais (BES ’95) and Karlena Waugh (BA ’14) discuss their experiences as freelance entrepreneurs. Anne-Marie offers digital marketing services through her business Long Legs Media, and Karlena is the events and community-building expert behind Mini K Creations. Read on to discover how their businesses have grown, how their client lists have changed and the continual challenge of pricing.
Let’s go beyond the nine-to-five.
Join young alumni from your city as they share the experiences that redefined their personal and professional lives.
Lightning talks by local grads of the last decade (GOLDs) will showcase the career paths, passion projects and side hustles that helped them disrupt industries, pursue their passions, develop their skill sets and build their networks.
After the talks, mix and mingle with your fellow GOLDs (including our incredible speakers), meet your local alumni chapter members and enjoy food and drinks with Waterloo’s finest!
Event Series Details
Doors open, bar opens
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Lightning talks and Q&A
Mix and mingle, enjoy food and drinks
Event series proudly sponsored by BMO Mastercard:
Event Series Speakers
Ashna Mankotia (BGBDA ’17)
Product Manager, BrainStation
Jos Alas (BSc ’14)
Clinical Research Associate at PRA Health Sciences
Puninda Thind (BES ’15)
Sustainability Consultant, The Delphi Group
Jennifer Martin (MDP ’13)
Founder, Home Free
Yanal Dhailieh (BSc ’12)
Founder/Chief of Peace, Peace Collective
Arunie Saldhi (BA ’14)
Manager, Client Experience, Wealthsimple
Bjorn Dawson (BASc ’16)
Sam Trieu (BA ’11)
Community Manager, Auvik
Colin Behenna (BMath ’16)
Account Executive, Shopify Plus
Kayla Zawiski (MDEI ’18)
Founder, The Local Advocate
Rubin Kataki (BA ’17)
Matching Gift Specialist, University of Waterloo
Negin Safdari (BA ’17)
Implementation Specialist, Bonfire Interactive
Komal Javed (BGBDA '18)
Product Designer, Shopify
Maaz Yasin (BA '15)
Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister
Eryn Stewart (BES '15)
Director, Indigenous Clean Energy
Adwoa Alorse (MPS '14)
Aly Harji (BA '08)
Executive Search, Sourcing, Shopify