Closing the ‘dream gap’

Politicians, CEOs share offices for #GirlsBelongHere initiative
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2017
Girls Belong Here
Unilever CEO Gary Wade shares a moment with high school student Alice Chen in Toronto on Oct. 4 as part of Plan International Canada’s #GirlsBelongHere initiative — an effort to show girls belong in their dream jobs. Credit: Unilever

When she looked up at the towering building that is Unilever headquarters on Bloor Street in Toronto, 15-year-old Alice Chen admitted to feeling intimidated.

“It seemed like something that was impossible or very difficult for me to feel comfortable or succeed in,” she said. “I was definitely the youngest person who was walking into the building.”

But the high school student from Oakville didn’t let fear stop her from chasing down a career dream on Oct. 4.