Steph CorkerSteph Corker is a thirteen-time Ironman finisher and three-time Ironman World Championship qualifier. She also runs a people-consulting business. She is most passionate about uncovering the potential of people and tapping into what’s possible in untraditional, unconventional, and totally innovative ways.

Steph spent several years working under Chip Wilson at Lululemon as the People Brand Strategy Director, and has recently branched out on her own to start her own people consulting business.

This past weekend was her THIRD TIME competing at the Ironman World Championship! So we wanted to take this opportunity to feature her, and get her thoughts on career and networking.

She is an inspirational gal, to say the least, who sets lofty goals, and doesn’t give up until she hits them. We could all take a page out of her book.

Here are Steph’s answers to our networking questions:

Q: How and where did you form your most significant contacts? How have these changed over time?

“I’m not sure I could qualify contacts as “more” or “less” significant, and therein might lie the secret: treat all relationships as if they matter. Because they do.”

Q: What does networking look like in your world? What are some of your top tips for successfully networking in this city?

“I believe in gratitude. An authentic thank you goes a long way. I think if we all stopped worrying as much about networking and instead opened our hearts to what remarkable people are up to around us, we’d realize we have heaps to be grateful for. When remarkable people are acknowledged, doors are opened, opportunities present themselves. Networking usually appears self-serving in some way; gratitude is genuine appreciation. I think both acts are initiated for the same purpose, yet might deliver very different outcomes.”

Q: What advice do you have for the Vancouver woman who is just starting out in her career or considering a leap to a new career?

“Say YES! Try it on! Search out the leaders you love.

I met a woman who was living a life I really admired. I ended up being offered a three-week contract to work at her Executive Search firm. That contract role turned into a full-time job and has dictated the last twelve years of my career. I’m wildly grateful. And, like a good pair of jeans, sometimes you need to try on different leaders or industries until you find the one that fits just right. It’s worth the fit session because, hopefully, a job or career you love will last longer than your favorite pair of perfect jeans.”

Thank you Steph!

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