Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce choose 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and business executives and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
In these profiles, OBJ highlights some of this year’s recipients – their impressive accomplishments, what drives them and how they like to spend their downtime away from the business world.
Company: Makes supply chain data collection software providing third-party risk management.
Education: Bachelor of commerce (concentration in international business with a minor in economics), Carleton University (2011)
Charitable involvement: Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
Biggest biz achievement: Playing an active role in the rapid outlier growth of the marketing department, lead generation and revenue for Assent Compliance over the last three years.
Biggest obstacles: Defying social expectations, remaining true to myself and finding my own voice.
Biggest influences: While I have had many amazing contributors to who I am as a person, my family has been the biggest influence on me. My parents brought my siblings and me up to value ethics, equity and hard work. Their example is what has driven me to be the ambitious, independent and strong person I am today.
Biggest lesson learned: Surround yourself by people you can learn from, people who challenge you and people who help you gain perspective.
First job: Babysitter
Advice I’d give the younger me: Spend time on yourself. You really can’t pour from an empty cup. :)
What’s left to do: Everything that I haven’t already done. :) Life is about gaining experiences, and I intend to accomplish as much as possible while I’m able to.
Favourite pastime: Spending time with friends and family.
I’m currently reading: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Favourite movie: Anastasia
Favourite song: Under the Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Canada Day
Preferred social media platforms: Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest, Snapchat, Instagram
Twitter handle: @lauramsweet