Sharing her message as an author, and president and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership Inc., Billan spoke to students about exploring personal growth and their interests in and out of the classroom. Billan expressed the value of self-trust and self-confidence and why having hope is influential in thinking about the possibilities for personal development and the world.
Billan’s keynote address welcomed more than 30 students and their parents to the most recognized career exploration event in Canada by sharing her personal experiences and professional journey.
Billan graduated from Humber’s Human Resource Management program in 2006 and taught leadership and social entrepreneurship at the College for six years. Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, author, speaker, and humanitarian. She is a recipient of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award, delivers talks and workshops on the future of education and provides a platform that encourages youth, women, communities, and organizations to envision what could be possible. Her objective to spread education among the masses inspired her to expand her ventures abroad and enable education, learning, and personal and professional development.
“Who we are and how we evolve is what matters and I hope students become who they want to be,” says Billan. “Students already have a lot of anxiety and pressure deciding who they want to be, and having conversations like this early on eases tension and pressure.”
Billan says it is important to expect life’s detours and learn from them because we have the ability to change and adapt. As students begin to think about postsecondary education, Billan tells students their future careers can change the world. Whether a student wants to become a police officer or a web developer, the dedication and goals students create for themselves, will help fulfill their life’s purpose.
“As we get older, we think less about the legacy we want to leave and more so about the legacy we want to live,” says Billan.
Billan reminds students to follow their own path and ask themselves how they can make a change instead of asking if they have the power to do so. As students witness the world of work firsthand, prompting early career planning and next steps, students are spending the day with Humber learning about a variety of careers, industries and sectors.