Oct 27, 2010

Discovery Days

This last weekend I went to AIESEC Rio's induction weekend retreat – Discovery Days. We boarded a bus on Saturday to a ranch in Petropolis (an hour away from Rio de Janeiro). During the weekend, there were sessions for the new members to learn all about AIESEC.

I helped out with a session by describing how my leadership role in AIESEC has helped me in my career. I listed competencies that I developed while in AIESEC that helped me: resilience, flexible thinking, adaptability, commitment to results, self-awareness, awareness of others and developing others. And I told them about how my experience in AIESEC helped me to succeed in the jobs I have had; from writing a youth recruitment strategy for a large federal government department to doing marketing, public relations and event planning for a children's hospital foundation. And now I am participating in the best AIESEC internship program I have ever heard of and I know that one of the reasons I was selected for this job was for my leadership experience in AIESEC. In fact, AIESEC leadership experience was written as a preferred criterion on the job description.

I also had lots of fun introducing the AIESEC Canada portfolio cheers to the AIESEC Rio members. They had a competition to see who could cheer the loudest and I think the small but mighty finance team won.

I was so impressed by our inspiring chair, the hardworking Organizing Committee, the engaging Executive Board, and most of all, the motivated and talented new members. Everyone who helped to organize and run the event did an incredible job. And those who participated really helped to make the weekend a great success!

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