The Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury is run by a board of volunteers who dedicate their time to foster a culture of community engagement, networking, and professional development to empower emerging leaders and young professionals in Greater Sudbury. We wanted to take some time to introduce you to each of our board members in our Meet our Board blog series! Today we are introducing you to Emily Gillespie. Emily recently joined our board as one of our new Directors of Membership.
Describe what you do.
By day, I am the sales manager at GoodLife. My side business is Sudbury in a Box, we create lifestyle gift boxes packed with products made close to home and that deliver character, quality, and variety!
Was this the career you always envisioned for yourself?
I love working with people, I always envisioned myself working in a sales setting. It’s a win-win with Sudbury in a Box – being a big supporter of shopping local, I get to sell awesome local products that are made right here where we live.
What inspired you?
I’ve always wanted to own something myself, but because I am not a super creative person in making stuff I knew I had to find another way. With Sudbury in a Box I get to put my sales skills to use and I get to do what I want while supporting and selling local businesses where I live.
Why did you decide to join the YPA and what do you hope to achieve while on the board?
I was a previous member of the YPA and always loved what the YPA was providing for members. When the position became available I quickly jumped to apply because I wanted to be apart of the planning and execution for current and new members.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Stay positive, and experience as much as possible. Take the chances and risks with a positive mind set. Looking on the brighter side.
What is your favourite local business?
There’s way too many to choose a favourite. If I had to choose, then Positive Inception would be the one. I love Ryan’s outlook on life and the business idea is great. The clothes are also super comfortable!