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This programme was established in 1998 to encourage undergraduate women to enter careers and seek leadership positions in business. The program ultimately seeks to influence business decisions that positively affect women by increasing the number of women in executive positions in the field of business management. This program was established from a bequest by Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian. This program operates at the club, district and international levels of Zonta International. Clubs, districts and regions are advised to appoint committees to manage these program responsibilities.
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Jessica Hu is the recipient of the Zonta Club of Victoria 2020 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.
Jessica is entering her fourth year Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Victoria.
Her volunteer experiences include: Orientation leader with UVic Student recruitment and Vice President of Robert Bateman Secondary Kiwanis Club where she completed projects in partnership with UNICEF, Salvation Army, and the local food bank.
After being selected as one of the seventeen students to enroll in the Applied Investment Management Course (AIMC) offered by UVic, Jessica has found her passion in both finance and accounting. Currently, she is doing a co-op at BCI in the investment accounting branch to further expand her knowledge base. Upon graduation she plans on pursuing her CFA and CPA designations and hopes to give back to the community.
The Zonta Club of Victoria is pleased to present Sahana Sharma with the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship in June 2019.
Sahana is in her fourth year Bachelors of Commerce program at the University of Victoria (UVic). Her plans are to pursue a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation as she has a passion for the financial side of business which will require continuous updating of knowledge on regulations and practices in this field.
Sahana’s volunteer experience includes: Vice President of Corporate Relations for the Young Women in Business Chapter at UVic, Peer Mentor with the Gustavson peer mentorship program, Director of Academics for the Commerce Student Society and orientation leader with UVic Student recruitment as well as working in a co-op experience at the Victoria Cancer Society.
To prepare for the CPA program, Sahana is committed to online courses that are not offered at UVic and has a summer co-op program with KPMG. Her interest in playing and refereeing soccer has kept her even more active and engaged with various networks. Sahana is a keen student and community leader and will succeed in all areas of business in her career.
University of Victoria weekend MBA student Corrine Thiessen has won two Zonta international women in business scholarships and is in line for a third. Thiessen first won the Zonta Club of Victoria US $2,000 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, and went on to secure the Zonta District 8 scholarship also worth US$2,000. She has applied for the US$8,000 Zonta International scholarship.
Zonta Victoria President Barbie Zipp said there is a need for more women leaders in business pointing to the recent decision by Indra Nooyi to step down as PepsiCo chief executive. “Women make up nearly 50 percent of the global workforce,” said Zipp, “however, gender equality in senior management and corporate boardrooms around the world is a long way off. “In fact, 21.2 percent of Fortune 500 companies’ board seats are occupied by women, and just 5.2 percent of the companies' CEOs are women.” Overall, there are currently 25 female CEOs including Nooyi in the S&P 500, according to Catalyst, which promotes women in the workplace. Zonta International established the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship to encourage more women to pursue education and careers in business. Thiessen, who works for Imperial Oil in Calgary, notes that out of necessity the next generation of leaders will need to do things differently. “I have always been fascinated by the deep and complex global issues surrounding energy’s role in the quality of life, economic stability and environmental protection,” Thiessen said. “It is evident that a balanced, sustainable and secure energy future, provided by an evolving mix of fossil fuels and renewable sources, is required to maintain a high standard of living.” Finance Professor Catherine Roy‐Heaton of the Mount Royal University’s Bisset School of Business said Thiessen is “of superior intelligence and holds superior analytical and communication skills.” Imperial Oil corporate secretary Lara Pella said that in addition to being an exemplary young professional, “Corrine is a role model to all young professionals.”