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Real Life Series

The Real Life Series: Six steps to social savvy

Brought to you by popular demand, from October to May, we'll be bringing in 6 experts on 6 topics chosen by recent grads.

This series covers everything from what you need to know in business fashion to a heathly, frugal diet.

Check out our 2009-10 lineup below!

The 2009-10 Line Up

2010-11 Line Up

2011-12 Line Up

Previous Events in the Series

Tamara Glick

Step 1: Fashion Savvy

Oct 27, 2009

Inspired by TV’s What Not to Wear, Tamara Glick (MBA '03) used models to illustrate the finer points of putting together killer office-appropriate outfits. Alumni learned the five levels of corporate dress for men and women, from formal corporate to smart casual, and received a 25% discount to Banana and enjoy wine and cheese!


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Daily Food Bank

Step 2: Community Savvy

Dec 11, 2009

Grads connected with the community and gave back at the same time through this hands-on event. We paired up with the Daily Bread Food Bank for an educational workshop that included a facility tour, volunteer work and an eye-opening discussion of poverty in our community and how you can affect social change.

Finacial Savvy

Step 3: Financial Savvy

Jan 28, 2010

Intimidated by terms like stocks, bonds and TFSAs? Jackie Kendrick of Wellington West Capital Inc. will teach you the ABCs of money matters in this webinar. Login and learn how you can reduce your debt, invest strategically and long-term savings and retirement planning know-how.

Tim Cork
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Step 4: Networking Savvy

Feb 11, 2010

No matter what career you’re in, knowing how to network is an essential skill. Our passionate expert, Tim Cork (BA ’81), will ensure that you walk away from this event with practical, do-able tips for working a room and maintaining good connections. In fact, you’ll be putting your newly honed skill to use at the networking reception that will follow the seminar! Cork is the author of Tapping the Iceberg and has been named "The Networking Guru" by The Globe and Mail. Tapping the Iceberg will be available for $10 (50% off) at the networking reception.

You’ll walk away knowing how to:

  • work a room
  • maintain good connections


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Ed Finstein
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Step 5: Wine & Cheese Savvy

Apr 20, 2010

Do comté and shiraz go together? Sip and learn at this wine tasting event instructed by "The Wine Doctor" Edward Finstein (BA ’71). Finstein has a weekly radio spot on 97.3fm. He wrote the award-winning book Ask the Wine Doctor (McClelland & Stewart) and won the Best Wine Education Book Award at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Spain.

Personally signed copies will be available to York grads for $20 for that evening only.


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Rose Reisman
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Step 6: Health Savvy for Frugal Foodies

May 6, 2010

Break your eggs, not your bank account! Learn from food guru Rose Reisman on how to eat healthy, organic and local, all on a tight budget.

Special offer for York grads available only at the event: 2 books for the price of 1! Purchase Rose Reisman’s Family Favourites (reg. price $30) and receive Balance of Living Well (reg. price $34) FREE!


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