Business conferences for young entrepreneurs by young entrepreneurs.

Pictured: Yzobel Biron, Gary Parker, and Daniel Gogolin, photographed by Valerian Wiebe

'Identity: Building Your Brand', was Truth Media's first ever keynote and panel conference on business and personal branding.

It never ceases to amaze me how many young and ambitious young people there are in Vancouver. It's always one thing sitting with the Truth Media team to plan an event, designing posters, and brainstorming event concepts, but then another seeing the vision come to life. It's always so much fun being able to put faces to photos you only see on a screen.

This was our second big event with a sold out attendance of over 90 guests, and by far the biggest Truth Media event to date. 'Identity' was hosted at HiVE, on the night of November 9 2018.

Pictured: Jerwin Bautista, photographed by Stanley Rashai

The formatting was going to consist of two sections: the first half on the subject of business branding, and the second half on personal branding. One keynote speaker and panel for each half.

It's empowering being able to learn from others in your age group. Before I started hosting my own events, I'd found myself attending conferences or panels that felt unrelatable to me. Sometimes speakers had a traditional way of doing business and pursuing strategies that I believed to be outdated. Some school event speakers sometimes talked down to students, or even recited text book and generalized advise. I'd leave those events feeling like I haven't learned anything.

Leading and inspiring youth to take action starts with ourselves. It's easier to look up to somebody that looks like you, that's close to your age, that takes the same interest as you, and even does a similar interest or passion that you do. The most incredible part of events is being able to be in a room of people who are there for the exact same reason you are.

Pictured: Hajira Khan, photographed by Stanley Rashai

The best part about all of this is that there is still so much to learn. Every speaker, although skilled and knowledgable in their own respective niches, left Identity with new connections, new insights, and a greater hunger to pursue their passions.

There were many things that stood out to me this night, including something Amneet said, which is that, your own role model should be yourself, and the version of yourself that you aspire to become.

That's something I've been thinking about for a while, and that's that everybody is on their own path. I've always believed that it's silly comparing yourself to others. Everybody has their own timeline, and trusting the process means trusting the time of your life.

Pictured: Stanley Rashai, Caleigh Meyer, Brett Barron, and Amneet Athwal, photographed by Sahil Mroke

The planning for 'Identity' started at the beginning of September, and the two months leading to the event went amazingly well. We hosted our speaker dinner at Sushi & Roll to celebrate the event and night as a big thank you to all our friends who were a part of this production. It was truly one of the most memorable nights that Truth Media has had so far. I'm so incredibly proud of my team for being able to pull this off, and come together to create another amazing night.

There were a number of lessons we've all learned, especially on the topic of valuing teamwork, event structure, and general marketing (shout out to Jerwin). I'm honestly crazy hype about ending the year off with this event, and we're already in the process of planning the next ones! The feedback we received was inspiring to hear, and I'm so so happy with how it turned out!

I also got to meet so many of your girls that have reached out to me through social media in person. You're all so freaking sweet, and I'm grateful.

Pictured: the Truth Media team: Sahil Mroke, Carley Bardaro, Yzobel Biron, and Stanley Rashai, photographed by Catrina Warner

Pictured: 'Identity' crowd, photographed by Stanley Rashai