About Our Chapter
Our vision is to create a world in which every individual chooses to make a social impact in their community and is equipped to do so. As one of Acumen’s 23+ global volunteer-led chapters, Vancouver+Acumen does this by supporting and empowering individuals with the knowledge and connections essential for their unique contribution to a socially-minded world.
Our main initiatives include: Salon Conversation Series, +Acumen Courses, Case Competition & Workshops, and our DIGNITY Vancouver fundraiser.
Meet the team
Uttkarsh Bhardwaj | Chair
A Chancellor’s Scholar from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Uttkarsh recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2015. Currently, he works as a First Year Experience Coordinator at UBC and chairs the Vancouver+Acumen chapter. Uttkarsh is always looking for new ways in merging his interests in social enterprise, project management, and poverty alleviation. He also loves eating watermelons and has a strong passion for Cricket.
Acumen’s strong values and approach towards its global mission to alleviate poverty really resonates with my personal values, so I am extremely excited to be involved within the Acumen community. I feel honoured to serve as the Chair for the chapter, and look forward to learning and developing alongside such an inspiring community of individuals who are passionate about creating a better world.
Baily Molotsky | Team Development & Admin Lead
Baily is the a non profit professional specializing in donor relations, fundraising and project management. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria.
What Vancouver + Acumen?
After reading The Blue Sweater by Acumen founder Jacqueline Novogratz I knew I had to get involved. What I didn’t know, was that I was going to find such an incredible community. The Vancouver+Acumen community is challenging, inspiring and allows me to continue to learn and develop in a area I am passionate about.
Naomi Giberson is a current Master of Management student at Sauder School of Business with a BSc. in Neuropsychology and a Maritime heart. A certified yoga instructor, avid skier and competitive sailor, Naomi dedicates any spare time she can find to the great outdoors.
Growing up in Atlantic Canada, I have seen an ever-increasing need for venture support as so many brilliant ideas fail to get off the ground. My goal is to empower local leadership in communities around the world to create sustainable change. This is what drove me to join Vancouver+Acumen and its team of incredible leaders looking to better the state of the world.
Iris Luong | Case Challenge Lead
Iris is a marketer by day and an explorer by night. Described as curious, genuine and overly optimistic at times, Iris is intrigued by the beauty of diverse communities. Having explored pockets of BC from Haida Gwaii, Cortes Island to Osoyoos, in her spare time, Iris can also be found sparking up philosophical conversations with strangers and people watching.
I am attracted Vancouver+Acumen on many levels, including collaborating with a team of driven and passionate individuals and being able to play a small part in changing the way the world tackles poverty.
Sarah Song | Chapter Advisor
Sarah Song is a research and customer success professional at Vision Critical. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from UBC.
I joined Vancouver+Acumen because I believed in Acumen’s work and wanted to support Acumen and the larger social impact movement in Vancouver. Fast forward two years and I’ve found my tribe, I’ve consistently found the most amazing go-getters, movers and shakers all in this one chapter and it’s been a wonderful platform to try new ideas and challenge ourselves to do and be better collectively.
Felicia Lam | Chapter Advisor
Felicia’s core values are integrity, relationship, choice, curiosity & learning, and purpose. She lives into her values through the different ways she is involved in her communities. As the Change Management Lead at lululemon athletica, she is responsible for creating the change & training strategies as well as increasing change readiness and people engagement. Felicia also volunteers with Take a Hike for Youth at Risk Foundation and mentors as a part of the UBC Arts Tri-Mentoring program. A lifelong learner, Felicia has a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and also studied at the University of British Columbia. You will often find her going for a run, doing yoga and exploring her city.
What I know to be true is that my actions are a choice and have impact on others. Vancouver+Acumen aligns with my values and gives me the opportunity to contribute to a values-based organization focused on elevating how people choose to engage in their communities and on raising awareness for social impact.