2020 Constantine-Yorkville Virtual Run
2020 Constantine-Yorkville
Virtual Run
September 19th, 2020 (or 26th if raining)
GEM Voices

A Girls Guide to Navigating The Real World: Networking 101

Written By
Ramya, GEM Alumna
January 16, 2023

As a past mentee, I recall the excitement and joy I felt after realizing that the first GEM workshop of my cohort year was at LinkedIn. The experience was almost surreal, to say the least. That important session was where I met my amazing mentor Andrea for the very first time, where I conversed with like-minded girls who shared the same interests and dreams as I did, and where I met various women who worked in different career fields.

Networking opened doors to several opportunities that helped enhance my professional and personal career without even realizing it. During my senior year of high school, I was often hesitant to “dive into” the ropes of networking. I did not know where to begin and how to reach out to broaden my network further. After participating in the GEM program, I created a list of tips and tricks to help myself both step into the world of networking, while effectively marketing myself for future internships and events that may come my way.

Below are a few of the strategies I learned.

Determine your Goals

I’ve always found that clearly thinking through your goals and what you would like to take away from a networking event or workshop is an important first step. Start by formulating a plan in a small notebook or sticky note, then try to formulate a goal based on the type of event you’re in. In your plan, figure out who you would specifically like to speak to (and why) and what you would like to discuss with them.

This will help to keep the conversation flowing. And remember: don’t be nervous, you’re still getting the hang of it!

Take Risks!

I found networking very overwhelming at first. Sometimes I start off by introducing myself and getting to know the person more through small talk. Furthermore, you’re able to build up a foundation in which you can converse freely. Try to make a goal to connect with at least one or two professionals and obtain their contact information. Take your time, and get to know them, don’t rush! I am introverted by nature and trust me, you might feel anxious and nervous at first, but time and practice will help you feel more comfortable in situations like these!

Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!

Networking can sometimes be exhausting, but worth it in the end! Remember to stay connected with your professional connections. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them if you have any questions with regards to career development, post-secondary, or if you want to meet them for a coffee to discuss a topic in further detail. Another good strategy would be to reach out to your mentor and the GEM community. They are a strong network of women that have numerous connections, talents and experiences, and are always willing to help out.


The way you present yourself in a networking scenario is crucial, especially if it’s at a networking event. Dress based on both the type of event that you’re planning to attend as well as what brings out your personality. Pick an outfit that is both comfortable and professional. During the event, ensure you shake the individual’s hands, introduce yourself, and show gratitude towards them for taking the time to speak with you.

Be Yourself!

Last but not least, the best advice that I can give is to be yourself. Try your best and make the most out of every event you attend!

Support #TeamGEM at this year’s Yorkville Virtual Run!

This year, the Yorkville Run will be held virtually from September 13th to September 27th, 2020. Below are the different ways you can participate and support us this year.

1) REGISTER TO Run or Walk with #TEAMGEM

Together, from the safety and comfort of our own neighbourhoods (or anywhere you choose, as long as it abides social distancing rules) we will be RUNNING or WALKING for #TeamGEM on September 19th, 2020 (or on September 26th if it’s raining).

Click here to register

All registered participants will receive a Premium Race Kit and customized Starter's Medal.

To prove your participation, you must do one of the following:

  • Record your run by using our custom Starter's Medal and/or a GPS App such as STRAVA, ASICS RUN KEEPER, or NIKE PLUS and submit your time and a photo of your time to your Race Roster profile.
  • Post a selfie/run photo or video taken during or after your run on Facebook or Instagram and follow @YorkvilleRun and tag ​#TeamGEM, #YorkvilleRun, and #Constantine5K. There are several partner prizes to be won!

We have a roster of GEMgirls who would like to run for #TeamGEM. Donate now to help them register!

3) Donate to a #teamGEM runner

If you can't make it, you can also support a #TEAMGEM runner.

Dates to Remember
Tuesday, September 8th
to Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Race Kit Pick-up. Participants will be notified via email where in Yorkville you can pick up your race kit.
Sunday, September 13th, 2020
at 9:00 AM
Virtual Event Kick-Off. Join the Constantine Yorkville Run’s Virtual Event Kick-Off by tuning into Facebook & Instagram Live.
Saturday, September 19th, 2020
Run or walk anytime, anywhere for #TeamGEM!
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
#TeamGEM's back up day should weather prevent the run on the 19th.
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
at 5:00 PM
Winners of the Constantine-Yorkville Run’s fundraising prizes will be determined.
Sunday, September 27th, 2020
at 9:00 AM
Join the Constantine-Yorkville Run’s Virtual Event Closing Ceremony by tuning into Facebook & Instagram Live. Hear from our partners and share in the run's exciting fundraising achievement! Fundraising prizes will also be rewarded.

Your support at the Constantine-Yorkville Run this year will raise awareness and funds for the GEM program, which directly impacts young women in our communities and gives them the skills and tools they need to succeed.

Thank you for supporting mentorship!

Questions? Contact us at info@girlsementorship.com


Share your participation and support on social media! You can retweet/share GEM’s run postings or use our branded material for the run.

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