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Ivey’s Lean In Canada Scholars recognized for empowering women

May 2, 2023

Lean In Canada L-r: Emily Wang, Ozlem Gorkan, Renee Hueston, Temilade Akintola, Josie Robostan, Sara Sheikh

L-r: Emily Wang, Ozlem Gorkan, Renee Hueston, Temilade Akintola, Josie Robostan, Sara Sheikh

Six women in Ivey’s MBA program are recipients of the Lean In Canada scholarship, an award that recognizes women for strong leadership skills and initiative in championing women’s empowerment. Meet the Class of 2024 recipients and learn what the honour means to them.

Temilade Akintola

Temilade Akintola“Being a Lean in Scholar to me means having access to a community of women who are dedicated to empowering each other. Being supported by other women who share their experiences, knowledge, and time with me, gives me a sense of confidence and motivation to pursue my goals. Most importantly, because of the support of the Lean In community, I will one day be able to empower and support other women in their careers.”

Ozlem Gorkan

Ozlem Gorkan“After breaking free from a male-dominated tradition and relocating to Canada seven years ago, I found solace in one thing – a strong community. Now I am proud to be a part of a sisterhood of ambitious, determined women who relentlessly strive to uplift each other toward success and eradicate barriers. This program resonates with our mission, equipping us with all the vital tools, invaluable resources, and a robust network to actualize our visions, overcome unprecedented challenges, and create a lasting impact on the world. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together!”

Renee Hueston

Renee Hueston“As someone who has benefited from the mentorship, guidance, and support of other successful women, I understand the importance of representation and the positive impact it can have on future generations. Being a Lean In Scholar means joining a network of women with diverse goals, experiences, and perspectives, who are willing to mentor and support each other. While pursuing my MBA at Ivey, I aim to learn how to leverage my skills to contribute to meaningful causes, including advocacy for female representation and empowerment in the business world and beyond.” 

Josie Robostan

Josie Robostan“Growing up competing in national-level sports and throughout my career thus far, I have benefited greatly from the mentorship and guidance of strong women. They have instilled in me the importance of perseverance and striving for excellence in order to achieve my goals. Pursuing an MBA will equip me with the leadership skills and business acumen to serve as a mentor and inspire other women to follow their passions and overcome obstacles.”

Sara Sheikh

Sara Sheikh“Through my previous experience as a woman in leadership positions in corporate America, I’ve come to realize the importance of a support network. I also learned the importance of advocacy for women in my workplace. I’m excited to bring my learnings from the workplace to Ivey as a Lean In Scholar. Ivey has been an amazing, inclusive, and supportive place to study and I want to ensure that the supports women need to be successful are available and accessible.”

Emily Wang

Emily Wang“As a future woman in leadership, I am aware of the many challenges ahead, but even more excited about the possibilities that await me. I feel honoured to be one of the Ivey Lean In Scholars and recognize that this comes with both a great opportunity and a responsibility. As an Ivey Lean In Scholar, I am committed to connecting, supporting, and inspiring women within the MBA community and beyond. I believe that by empowering women, we can create an inclusive and equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.”