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Jeanne Beker at WACC

Originally Published by

Oakville Today - April 08 2010 



NORTH OAKVILLE TODAY – Fashion icon Jeanne Beker has a message for Halton teens: “Don’t be afraid, never give up and most of all be fearless.”

 ”What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, it forces you to sometimes think outside the box and to really pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on going,” Beker confidently announced at the 6th Annual Women as Career Coaches event, March 25 in Burlington. 

The Women as Career Coaches event hosted by the Halton Industry Education Council (HEIC) attracted 711 participants. Half of them high school girls, grades 10-12, from participating schools throughout the Halton Region looking for career direction and guidance. 

The other half were mentors, successful women in the workplace who volunteered an evening of their time to share career advice with Halton’s female youth.

Special guest Jeanne Beker, host of Fashion Television, author and of course fashionista continually worked her way up through the ranks over the course of her career. 

Approaching the podium for her scheduled speaking segment for the event, hundreds of hungry teenage eyes lit up in anticipation as she opened a door into the life of her career. Growing up as a self proclaimed “TV Baby” Beker decided her career path at a young age. Pursuing a post secondary education in New York City and then later returning to study at York University, Beker’s early years were spent honing her craft.

 With a distinct vision of having her own TV show Beker dabbled in everything from acting to ballet to mime.

After finally moving to St. John’s Newfoundland, Beker found a comfortable niche in local radio. 

Using her tenacity, radio test tapes and with three years of experience under her belt she returned to Toronto to hunt down her dream job. After working at CHUM, while making a continuing, lasting impression, the station bought the now ever popular City TV. 

 The New Music show (along with Beker’s first TV Hosting Job) was born. After six years of working on The New Music, keeping her heart, mind and of course eyes and ears open, Beker fought for the role she was born for as host of Fashion Television.

 As her speech cams to a close for the event, the applause was deafening. As gracious as she is successful, Jeanne Beker spent her time afterwards answering questions, taking pictures and signing autographs.

 After hearing of Jeanne Beker’s eclectic jobs, struggles and constant confidence in herself and her ambitions, the young females of the audience finally left the event knowing truly what it meant to be “fearless.”

Elyse Simpson is a North Oakville student  and entrepreneur who launched her record label, Jangle Records, earlier this year. Learn more about Simpson and her label online at www.janglerecords.com.

To learn more about the Halton Industry Education Council, visit www.hiec.on.ca, email info@hiec.on.ca or call 905-634-2575.Originally Published by Oakville Today - April 08 2010

 

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