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Victoria Lin’s fight for gender equality leads to a scholarship

Mar 1, 2017

Victoria Lin

Breaking glass ceilings and advocating for gender equality as co-chair of the first-ever Ivey Women in Management (WIM) Conference has paid off for Victoria Lin, HBA ’17.

Lin was awarded the Futures Fund Scholarship, established by Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year™. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in academic and extracurricular activities. Lin said she was honoured to represent the Ivey Business School and Western University, among nine other students from across Canada, at the Awards Gala in Toronto.

“The award validates the efforts of the Women in Management Club for the past year in initiating conversations about gender inequality issues in the workplace, specifically the lack of women in management positions, which I think is so important in the business landscape,” said Lin. “I think there is so much opportunity for change right now, so the fact that Ivey is recognizing those efforts as well as the sponsoring companies is really important.”

Lin credits her learning experiences at Ivey as fundamental to her successes. She has been a mentor for the Women in Management Club, vice-president of events for Ivey Connects, and a co-chair for the first-ever WIM Conference. These experiences allowed her to speak with faculty and students on current business issues. She said Ivey prepared her to interact with top business leaders and speak about issues ranging from the gender wealth gap in income taxes to the lack of women in leadership.

“Ivey really stresses the importance of giving back, which is evident through the alumni who are very gracious with their time with the students, but also the corporate social responsibility piece as well,” said Lin. “In the future, that’s something I want to continue working on, whether through mentoring Ivey students, or continuing to initiate these conversations about women in management and getting involved with important initiatives.”

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