BoostHER Annual Report 2021-22

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PREPARED BY The BoostHER Executive Team

1202-0202

ANNUAL REPORT


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BOOSTHER

A LETTER FROM OUR CO-FOUNDERS Wow, what an incredibly exciting and successful year it has been for BoostHER! We

have

been

bestfriends

inspiring

women

decided

to

and

since

high

advocating

channel

that

for

passion

school

and

equality.

by

joining

have

When a

always

both

social

of

shared

us

impact

came

a

to

passion

for

Western,

we

entrepreneurship

club

called Enactus. While attending the year-end National Exposition for Enactus, we were inspired

by

other

After

running

issue

that

student

through

was

entrepreneurs

what

near

and

felt

dear

like to

and

knew

hundreds

our

of

hearts:

we

needed

ideas,

we

female

to

take

settled

action

on

empowerment

as

well.

addressing &

an

professional

development.

Fast-forward

a

few

months,

amidst

the

person

conferences,

releasing

pandemic.

when

COVID

for

started

restrictions

however,

applications

we

a

we

were

didn’t

project

developing

let

limiting

this

manager,

stop

and

the

roadmap

us

from

us.

We

that

for

hosting took

started

a

our

BoostHER,

impactful leap

of

journey

in-

faith, as

an

organization.

As we welcomed Victoria as our Project Manager, we started to recruit for the rest of our executive team. To Victoria, Jessie, Prerna, Micaela, and Marley, we cannot thank you,

girls,

Monday

enough

evening,

attitude.

This

meaningful

is

for

you

join

truly

impact

your

hard

our

what

on

the

work

zoom

has

calls

helped

Western

and

dedication

with

us

a

stay

community.

smile

to on

your

motivated We

this

and

cannot

organization. face

and

inspired

wait

to

a to

see

Every

positive make

a

what

the

expand

our

following years have in store.

As

a

testament

operations

by

to

this

offering

a

team’s similar

hard

work,

network

and

BoostHER community

has at

decided two

other

to

post-secondary

institutions during the 2021-2022 school year. Our success and impact prompted us to see that this network can thrive at other schools, and will only help further BoostHER’s vision

and

mission

to

become

2021/2022 school year!

Sincerely,

Christina Nemez & Ria Iyer BoostHER’s Co-Founders

a

reality.

We

cannot

wait

for

what's

to

come

in

the


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BOOSTHER

TABLE OF CONTENTS About Us

pg. 3

a. Executive Team b. Brand Ambassadors c. Our Mission and Vision

Our Events

pg. 7

a. Mentorship Program b. SheSpeaks

Initiatives

pg. 11

a. FemTalks b. Weekly Blog

Social Media Campaigns a. Motivational Mondays b. Women Wednesdays

pg. 14


BOOSTHER

ABOUT US

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BOOSTHER

EXECUTIVE TEAM Our

team

worked We

all

of

seven

tirelessly come

and

from

intelligent,

charismatic

passionately

different

to

deliver

educational

and to

persistent

the

backgrounds,

women

BoostHER but

share

community. a

common

goal to reduce the gender gap and boost females up.

Christina Nemez

Ria Iyer

Co-Founder

Co-Founder

Prerna Balani

Victoria Fedak

Jessie Li

Outreach Director

Project Manager

Marketing Director

Micaela Forte

Marley Jokinen

Graphic and Web Designer

Blog Writer

has


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BOOSTHER

BRAND AMBASSADORS To

reach

and

the

talented

enlighten

broader brand

students

ambassadors

were

Western

community,

ambassadors

about

from

opportunities

integral

in

our

our

five

team

onboarded

different

and

events

social

media

with

faculties

9

to

BoostHER.

advertising

bright help These

and

our

success would not have been possible without them.

Madeleine Dougherty

Rachel Fuller

Connie Hao

Health Sciences

Arts

Social Science

Pooja Patel

Tasneem Almohamad

Alison Duffey

Social Science

Engineering

MIT

Tiba Feiz-Barazandeh

Lauren Pastor

Katie Ko

Social Science

Health Science

Social Science


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BOOSTHER

OUR MISSION mission

Our

women

to

is

to

OUR VISION

pave

achieve

the

their

way

for

personal

ALL

A world where

and

a person’s

professional goals by empowering, uplifting, and

connecting

pillars

of

women

another.

purpose,

perseverance, for

one

our

to

Through

pursuits,

initiatives

advocate

blaze

for

not limit their

and

the

and

identity does

our

personal and

trail

professional

achieve

equality in the workplace.

success.

OUR THREE PILLARS

Purpose

Pursuits

Perserverance

What got us here?

What drives us?

What keeps us going?

Our

collective

reaching history

passion

equality. of

involvement workforce.

The

women’s in

the

education,

we

and

provide

We are a group of resilient women

who

realize

We provide a circle of trust

their

abilities.

Our

through

better

relate,

motivates them and how they

provide

can

Collectively,

mentors

and

professionals.

working

each

other

with

female

support

women with a framework to

to provide aspiring females of

is

storytelling

where

network

purpose

Through

goal is to help other women

a

Our

for

understand

create

relationships.

what

meaningful

impact.

other

challenges.

women

empathize, valuable we

can and help. have


BOOSTHER

OUR EVENTS

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BOOSTHER

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM This

year,

featuring not

only

we

launched

our

first-ever

80 mentors and mentees. be

a

community

of

mentorship

We

passionate

wanted

women

program,

BoostHER

but

a

to

resource

for females to utilize as they progress in life. We connected 40 driven

and

professional May,

the

aligned and

mentees

Growth, found

mentors

BoostHER

with

included:

inquisitive

the as

New

students

and

14

Team

monthly

they

did

student

sent

out

theme, their

Beginnings,

Being

Limitless.

great

value

in

a

to

help

Overall,

accomplished From

questions

the our

and

Some

January

package

support

touchpoints.

program

26

mentors.

Rewriting

and

this

with

the

of

mentors have

themes

Inspiring

and

made

that

mentors

our

Narrative,

to

mentees a

impression in the BoostHER community.

Photographed: BoostHER's Mentorship Kickoff Event on Janurary 27th, 2021

lasting


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BOOSTHER

SHE SPEAKS On

March

8,

2021,

International

Women’s

Day,

BoostHER

hosted

our flagship event, SheSpeaks. Our goal was to create a space where invited

females

could

students

learn

from

all

from

and

celebrate

post-secondary

one

another.

institutions

We

across

Canada to attend, arranged a live Q&A, and offered giveaways from 4 female-owned businesses.

Photographed: BoostHER's Flagship Event, SheSpeaks on March 8th, 2021

We

gratefully

hosted

three

impactful speakers from various industries Shelley

and

White,

and

Natasha

the

right .

)

backgrounds: Sandra

Walji

With

a

registrants,

this

topics

career

of

women

often

importance leadership, for

event

and

women

of

88

challenges

Sandra Jarvis Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets

the

of

female

overall

advice

starting

their

professional careers.

Gambling Council

on

explored

face,

CEO at Responsible

Jarvis,

(pictured total

Shelley White

Natasha Walji Director at Google


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BOOSTHER

SMALL BUSINESS GIVEAWAYS With

our

mission

female-owned Adrienna

of

uplifting

small

Elcome,

females

business

Nicole

in

mind,

giveaway.

Parkhill,

The

Olivia

we

also

hosted

business

Collins,

a

owners

and

Julia

Armbrister each had a chance to speak about their experiences as

female

entrepreneurs,

empowering in

a

each

stories.

Kahoot, winner

promotion

words

Participants

covering received

material

sharing

were

International a

and

gift

from

social

of

encouragement

encouraged

Women’s

one

media

of

the

Day

to

compete

Trivia,

businesses.

handles

are

and

and Their

featured

below.

@SOIFDEVIVREEARRINGS

@JAYSEENAILS

@NICPARKHILLHAIR

@ADRIENNAELCOME


BOOSTHER

OUR INITIATIVES

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BOOSTHER

FEMTALKS Inspired TED

by

the

Talks

BoostHER

wanted

to

offer

students

chance

to

learn

from

with

our

a

other

students

professionals

INTRODUCING

world-renowned

series,

female

FEMTalks

Colleen Johnston

and talk

series, FEMTalks

FEMTalks. privilege

This of

year,

hearing

accomplished array

of

we

had

from

women

the four

with

experiences

to

INTRODUCING

an

share,

and look forward to hosting many more as we continue to grow.

Colleen

Johnston,

professional the

who

corporate

shared

Megan

seasoned

spent

years

finance

her

succeeding

a

a

Mackay,

female a

and

entrepreneur,

her

journey

INTRODUCING

on

leader.

recent spoke

leading

in

FEMTalks

industry,

perspectives

as

Shairi Islam

a

grad

Megan MacKay

about social FEMTalks

enterprise. Western

Shairi student,

Islam, shared

a

INTRODUCING

her

advice and experience navigating networking

in

today’s

workforce.

Finally, Haritha Murthy shared her advice

on

involvement

how in

the

with a corporate job.

to

balance community

Haritha Murthy


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BOOSTHER

WEEKLY BLOGS Led

by

our

Blog

Writer,

Marley

Jokinen,

BoostHER

started

a

weekly blog to highlight and uncover an array of topics relevant to

women.

We

explored

inspiring

female

mentorship

and

wanted

to

issues

“Keep

Listening

“Violence on

address

topics

to

Against that

do

&

healthy that

Learning

Women” not

like

the

goal-setting were

From

gave

always

topics

us

get

more

Black

an

importance

-

but

serious.

Female

opportunity

addressed,

also

Blogs

like

Voices”

and

to

and

we

of

shed

we

light

plan

to

continue using this platform to inform and educate the BoostHER community.


BOOSTHER

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

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BOOSTHER

MOTIVATION MONDAYS Every

Monday,

Instagram

account

motivational followers. chance stories

post

BoostHER shares with

Whether

for or

the

followers opinions,

it's to or

a its a

share simple

reminders like to practice selfcare, BoostHER strives to bring a

sense

of

community

to

our

560 Instagram followers.

WOMEN WEDNESDAYS The

BoostHER

account

takes

Wednesday stories,

Instagram

to

time

every

highlight

the

accomplishments,

and

challenges faced by influential women Whether

throughout they

leaders,

past

women

making

are

role

history. future

models, an

or

impact

today, BoostHER celebrates all women.


Thank you

for an incredible year from the BoostHER 2020/21 Team


A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

1202-0202

ANNUAL REPORT