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The Real Life Series
Real Life Series

The Real Life Series: Get savvy. Get ahead.

Hey recent grads! Organic Chemistry didn't prepare you to make smart investment decisions? Literary Theory isn’t helping you network your way to your perfect job? Turn your academic brilliance into real life confidence with The Real Life Series.

Back by popular demand, from October to February, influential alumni help you cultivate your social genius.

Whether you're considering starting your own business, wondering how to manage debt or want to cook that special someone a fabulous meal, The Real Life Series has your back. Master your real life.

Check out our 2011-2012 line up below.

The 2011-12 Line Up

2010-11 Line Up

2009-10 Line Up

Ruth Catney

October 2011 | Be Successful

What will you dare to accomplish in your best life?

At age 36, Terrie-Lynne Devonish (BA '92, LLB '95) was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 – one of only nine women chosen from the 1,600 nominees.

Sandra Levy (BA '90, LLB '95) competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games as a member of the Canadian women’s field hockey team. In 2000 she was appointed Director, Special Projects for Toronto’s 2008 Olympic bid.

Professional Coach Ruth Catney (BA '92) describes her career as winding from “have to” to “want to” and finally ending up in “meant to” when she followed her gut and started her own coaching company.

Get on your own path to success and fulfillment. Join Ruth, Terrie-Lynne and Sandra, along with Vijay Sidhu (BBA '01), Toronto Police officer and planner for the elite TAVIS (Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy) unit, and Ross Slater (BA '89), owner and president of a personal development consulting company, for an inspiring evening that will motivate you to live your best life.

Thursday, Oct. 27
6-9 pm
Cost: $15

One King West    [onekingwest.com]
1 King St. W.    [map]

Web

More info:
Ruth Catney


Terrie-Lynn Devonish
Sandra Levy

Vijay Sidhu
Ross Slater


LiveBlog

Re-live the entire inspiring evening with our liveblog!

Video

Tips for Success
Anthony Romano

November 2011 | Be rich.

Juggling student loans, credit card debt and an entry level salary? Financial Advisor Anthony Romano (BA '89) can help.

With 23 years' experience in the financial industry, Anthony will share the single biggest money mistake new grads make and how to avoid it, how to venture past a regular savings account into the world of mutual funds and TFSAs, and the impact the world’s financial situation could have on you.

Hit the ground running. Learn to manage your money, pay off debt and control your financial future.

Thursday, Nov. 24
6-9 pm
Cost: $15

Pantages Hotel    [pantageshotel.com]
200 Victoria St.    [map]

Web

More info:
Anthony Romano

LiveBlog

Catch up on Anthony's financial tips on the evening's liveblog.


Tim Cork

January 2012 | Be employable.

Getting that first job in your career after graduation can feel like a long and frustrating process. Professional networking guru Tim Cork (BA ’81) will teach you how to market your academic career to prospective employers, leverage your network and build your personal brand virtually and verbally. This session will change the way you approach networking — a skill you’ll use now and for the rest of your career.

Coined “the networking guru” by The Globe and Mail and Breakfast Television and “the career guru” by the Toronto Sun and Star, Tim educates, entertains and shares his wisdom with thousands of people every year. He is president of Straight A’s Inc., a leadership, coaching and sales training company.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
6-9 pm
Cost: $15

Founders Assembly Hall
York University   [yorku.ca]
4700 Keele St.    [map]

Web

More info:
Tim Cork

LiveBlog

Learn Tim's top networking tips on our liveblog of the evening.


Video

Tips for Success

Aphrodite Cooks

February 2012 | Be loving.

Cook up something special for your Valentine, or Valentine-to-be! Get in the kitchen with Chef Vanessa Yeung (BA '00) of Aphrodite Cooks as she teaches you how to cook a delicious, romantic meal with an Asian flare.

We'll be serving up delicious Asian tapas including sumptuous ginger chicken potstickers, siu mai, and mini coconut tarts. They're perfect for sharing with your special someone or meeting someone new.

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, whether its with your best friend, your mom, your partner or someone you don't know! We invite you to come out and enjoy cooking (and eating) for love.

Thursday, Feb. 9
6-9 pm
Cost: $25

On the menu:
Ginger Chicken Potstickers
Bison and Pork Siu Mai
Sauteed Snow Pea Sprouts with Garlic
Crunchy Japanese Coleslaw
Mini Coconut Tarts

Great Cooks on 8   [greatcooks.ca]
401 Bay St. 8th Floor   [map]

Web

More info: aphroditecooks.com