Woman of the Week – Garima Karia

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Garima Karia!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“To me, a great leader is synchronously a great mentor. My time at McGill has taught me the indispensible value of being personable and approachable as a leader. University is a place where so many diverse women (and students in general) are seeking opportunities to get involved, express themselves, and reach their full potential. However, it can be incredibly daunting to take the steps to achieve these outcomes, especially when one is thrown into such a fast-paced, competitive, and exciting environment. It takes a great leader to reach out to those experiencing Imposter Syndrome or lacking confidence in such an environment. Leadership means empowering others to pursue their goals and become leaders in their own ways.”
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Garima is U2 student, pursuing a joint honours degree in Political Science and History with a minor in Cultural Studies. She is currently the VP Communications for the McGill Political Science Students’ Association, and the Director of Outreach for McGill’s Model UN delegation. She loves participating in Model UN, which she is excited to do as a Chair at SSUNS and Vice-Chair at McMUN, and as a coach at an all-girls high school in Montréal. Equally passionate about journalism, Garima is an opinion writer for the Bull & Bear and an editor for the McGill Students’ Business Review. This summer, Garima did compliance research with the G7 Research Group and volunteer work with her MP’s office in Toronto. She is also a Sponsorship Director in MWIL’s Sponsorship portfolio!

PC: Chloe Lim

Woman of the Week – Harshita Iyer

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Harshita Iyer!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership is the recognition of an objective bigger than yourself— and the recognition of the people, resources, and fortune that led you to that position. Successful leadership is less about control and authority, and more about support and guidance. As a leader, your job is to use the visibility of your position to elevate and prioritize the voices and narratives that go unheard. It is an equal amount stepping back as it is stepping up.”

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Harshita is a U2, majoring in Economics with a double minor in Communications and Eastern Religion. She is involved with the Outreach branch at SACOMSS, where they facilitate workshops at Montreal schools about consent and the interconnections with different forms of oppression. She helps the centre with event planning and coordination for some of their bigger annual events. She is also on the McGill Moot Court team, has led Rez Project workshops to first year students and likes to do art whenever she can. She would love to eventually work in law.

PC: Chloe Lim

Woman of the Week – Erin Rose

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Erin Rose!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“I believe leadership is the ability to inspire others. I saw great leadership this past summer, through my boss this summer at the investment firm I worked at. She was 35 – one of the youngest people at the firm. Though she was young, she was one of the greatest leaders I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She did not just guide me but also helped me realize my strengths, weaknesses and pushed me towards achieving my goals.”

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Erin is a U1 student, double majoring in History and English. She is currently the VP Fundraising for McGill’s SynesthASIA. She’s worked with clubs on campus and off to organize some excellent fundraisers. She is very passionate about learning and education, as well as animals. She hopes to one day volunteer for one of Montreal’s animal shelters.

PC: Chloe Lim

Woman of the Week – Sydney Vermeer

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Sydney Vermeer!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership is the ability to understand and utilize not only your own talents, but the skills and strengths within others to accomplish a unified goal. It means selflessness, willingness and integrity – putting your own interests aside and bringing together people from different backgrounds and different skill sets in a positive and productive way.”
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Sydney is a U1 student, from Grimsby Ontario, studying Anthropology and Art History. She is currently a member of the McGill Visual Arts Society and a volunteer for the International Buddy Program. She actively participates in Beyond Me and the iCreate Club, which reaches out to communities outside of McGill.

PC: Chloe Lim

Woman of the Week – Gul Saeed

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Gul Saeed!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership means to lead with both your head and your heart. It is much more than a title. I believe that a person should only take on a role because they feel a certain affinity—a purpose, behind it. Give importance to the people and the process; not only the end goal. Learn from your teammates and let them learn from you. Empower people around you, connect and empathize with them. I hope for a day where a lot more women back home in Pakistan will have the opportunity to be in leadership positions. This inspires me to create a platform for people to voice their opinions, to stand up for themselves and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

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Gul is a U3 student studying Psychology and Neuroscience. While originally from Pakistan, she grew up in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, Gul serves as the Co-President of McGill International Student Network (MISN), which caters to the largest international student body at McGill.

PC: Chloe Lim