Our post-program evaluation surveys reflect a
100% satisfaction rate by LYP program participants on both their overall learning experiences and program recommendation rate.
The LYP Program is the brainchild of award-winning trainers Dr. Jean Kim and Lilit Simonyan. I had the pleasure of participating in the program and came away with a sense of empowerment and the confidence to make my career more meaningful and rewarding. I would highly recommend the program to anyone who is looking for the support and direction they need for greater success.
Here are a few things I took away from the program:
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The LYP Women’s Leadership and Career Development program was a phenomenal course! Both Dr. Jean Kim and Lilit Simonyan have developed this program to engage, encourage and build confidence for working women from all walks of life to become their personal best!
Two highlights for me while attending the LYP program was meeting a group of career driven ladies all facing similar career obstacles, as well as being able to bring my 7 month baby boy Logan. This was great for me as I was able to build on my personal and professional development without having to compromise leaving my son at home. Completion of LYP has given me a kick start into the right direction. Now empowered with just the right tips and tools from this program, I feel ready and confident to go back to work after my maternity leave and to pursue other personal goals. Thank you Jean and Lilit for this wonderful experience!
As a woman in the heavily male-dominated field of Chemistry, I joined the LYP program to equip myself with the knowledge and skills to break the glass ceiling in my industry. Through the program, I became clearer on my personal brand and also gained new perspective on how to network strategically. I have a better understanding of who I am, how I add value and am ready to confidently share that brand message with my community.
In fact, with this clarity and confidence, I started working on some of my action plan items right away even as soon as on my train ride back to Ottawa upon program completion. For instance, I’ve started updating my LinkedIn profile, reconnecting with past connections to strengthen those relationships, and asking for recommendations based on the brand message I want to convey about myself. After the program, I really feel like I can achieve my goals. Thank you Jean & Lilit for your great help.
Dr. Janelle Sauvageau
Research Associate, National Research Council
& 2017 LYP STEM Scholarship Recipient
I work in Japan now and visited Toronto to join the LYP program. The timing of the program was ideal for me as I was experiencing a stage in my life where I was seriously thinking about my future career. Before taking the program, I was very confused about what I’ve been doing professionally and where my career was headed. Through the program, I was able to clarify my professional goals and also acquired various skills to achieve those goals. I was further able to identify what more I needed to work on and create an action plan accordingly.
Thinking about one’s career requires time and energy. But after the program, I was more confident than before and well-energized by Jean and Lilit. I’m now very excited to take action and achieve my goal.
The program was a very valuable experience for me because it really opened my eyes to various aspects of my career development, like enhancing my negotiation skills and being focused and strategic in achieving my professional goals.
I especially liked how the program had a very systematic approach to self-reflection and career planning, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is seeking positive change in their professional life. Thank you to Lilit and Jean, who were not only professional and knowledgeable, but who also provided me with much-needed honest feedback and support throughout the program!