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Alumni Story – Aanchal Dhir

July 1, 2015

Aanchal DhirAanchal Dhir was the Golden Key chapter president at the University of British Columbia. Now, she is the Chief Executive Officer at Ambrot Capital Inc., an investment management company. She will be starting a Master of Finance Program at Cambridge University in the fall. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk more to this successful GK alumni!

  1. Where did you grow up? Where do you currently live?
    I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Vancouver, BC with my family 11 years ago. I feel so blessed to live in such a beautiful city.
  2. What university did you go to and what did you study?
    I studied at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. I majored in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
  3. When did you join Golden Key and for what reasons?
    I joined Golden Key after my first year at UBC. After reading about the prestige of the organization and all the opportunities that Golden Key provided, I was very keen to join and am so happy that I did. The opportunities that Golden Key offers is boundless and I have yet to see an organization that can compare to it.
  4. What are you doing now? What is your job title?
    I am President and CEO of my own Investment Management company, Ambrot Capital Inc. My company focuses on investing in the public markets on the Toronto Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, in three sectors: technology, biotechnology, and commodities. I established Ambrot Capital after graduating from UBC in 2011 and have been committed to growing it. Currently I have added an extension to my business of providing valuation services for public and private companies.
  5. What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
    Although I have a fear of heights, I have bungee jumped from the cliffs in Whistler, 160 feet in the air. It was the most exhilarating experience of my life and I highly recommend it to those who love to push their personal boundaries.
  6. What is your proudest achievement?
    In 2013, I had the rare opportunity to invest in Theralase Technologies Inc. (TSX:TLT.V), an innovative Canadian biotechnology company. TLT designs, manufactures and markets patented super-pulsed laser technology for the elimination of pain, acceleration of tissue health, and detection of cancer cells. When I encountered the company, TLT was struggling. On one end they were trying to finish development of their technology and on the other end they were deficient in capital to finance their research costs. Being an avid biotech investor and analyst, I was contacted by a high net worth investor to conduct a due diligence report on TLT. Amidst my research, I realized that TLT was at the epicentre of providing oncologists with new advancements in cancer detection and prevention. They had the technology and team to provide solutions to treat cancer patients worldwide, they just needed access to the right network. There was a direct opportunity in front of me to provide a social benefit with my investment. I then actively sought out the President to form a working relationship and became an early investor in TLT. In February 2015, Theralase was ranked one of the top ten companies in the TSX Venture 50 for its impressive growth in 2014. Furthermore, TLT announced in early May that their leading cancer drug would help oncologists detect cancer cells and micro-metastases, too small to be seen by the human eye. TLT continues to find ground breaking discoveries which will contribute to significant positive changes across the biotech landscape.
  7. What motivates you? What is the best advice you’ve ever heard?
    The fear of stagnation is what motivates me. No matter what opportunity I take on, I always strive to challenge myself to create growth and positive change. How I visualize it is that stagnation is at the bottom of the chart and with any opportunity I take on, I work towards maintaining an upward trajectory, keeping ground zero in mind, never to fall back to that level.One of my favorite poets and historians, Henry David Thoreau, once said “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” We all have dreams and goals, and no matter how farfetched they may seem at times, we must do our best to turn our thoughts into actions so that our dreams can become reality. With this exact quote in mind, I was able to accomplish my lifelong dream of being admitted to Cambridge University. If I can do it, you can.
  8. What activities and hobbies do you take part in?
    Whenever I get the chance I seek out the opportunity to race cars and to ride horses. I live for an adrenaline rush. As well, I love to volunteer and give my time to non-profit organizations and charities in Vancouver. I am currently on the Fundraising board for Kidsafe and Passage Give.
  9. Do you have a defining moment/incident/day that stands out?
    On June 12th of this year, I was admitted to the Masters of Finance Program at Cambridge University. That day I witnessed 25 years of hard work, persistence, failures, and successes accumulate together to make my dream come true.
  10. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
    London would be the perfect place for me to live. Being present in such a historical city, which despite all the modernization, has been able to maintain its beauty and culture would be a remarkable experience. Not to mention, London is a global hub for business and finance, and being immersed in such an environment would be so inspiring.
  11. What is a fun fact about you?
    I am a very loyal and devoted Bollywood fan, so much so that I have been Bollywood dancing since I was 4 years old.

New Associate Director Spotlight: Matt Miller

June 29, 2015

MattMillerHS2We are excited to welcome a new Associate Director to the Golden Key team! Our Associate Directors are the liason between headquarters and the chapters on campus. Matt Miller is the new Associate Director for US Region 7. Get to know him better with this fun Q&A.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in North Ridgeville, Ohio – about 30 minutes west of Cleveland, Ohio.

Where did you go to college? University of Mount Union (formerly Mount Union College) in Alliance, Ohio. Go Purple Raiders!

What did you study in school/ major in? Geology, I love the earth and the environment. I’m fascinated by how it all works.

What are some of the things you were involved in, in college? I was a varsity member of Mount Union’s Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field teams since my freshman year. I was also a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity where I served as President my junior-senior year.


What are your hobbies? I thoroughly enjoy running, biking, hiking, and camping.


What is your favorite quote? “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ― Harry S. Truman


What is your favorite sport? Though I love track and field, I’d have to say soccer. I really enjoy watching and playing it.


What is your favorite movie, TV show, and band?
Movie: Life Is Beautiful
TV Show: Tie – The Office and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Band: Green Day (both old and new)


If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Jacque Cousteau. I would love to hear about all of his adventures.


What is the #1 most played song on your iPod? Apparently it’s Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder, who knew?


What website or blog to you go to everyday? I always check CNN and BBC every day. I also go to the “What If?” blog series weekly. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it!


What is the best and worst gift you ever received?
Best: Finding my Dad
Worst: a box of nails, previously used


What excites you the most about working at Golden Key? Helping students reach their potential. I thrive on assisting others to achieve their goals and dreams. Golden Key’s pillars and values instill amazing ideals to its members, and I want to help them be the best they can possibly be.


Fun Fact? I have a twin brother! He’s the same age as me, in case you were wondering.


Anything else we should know about you? You should know that I have the worst luck in the world with losing socks. I wish I knew where they all went.




You can also connect with Matt on Facebook.


SPARK a Change June 2015

June 9, 2015

As of 1 June, chapters have dedicated 21,928 hours, touched the lives of 18,616 people and raised $5,753.66 towards SPARK a Change since its launch in July 2014. These collective actions are impacting the lives of youth around the globe! (Chapter leaders, please remember to record your events on the Golden Key website promptly after the event so we can include your accomplishments in our monthly statistics.)

Follow SPARK a Change on social media. Each month, Headquarters will be posting a challenge and a contest for SPARK a Change. Be sure to follow Golden Key on Facebook and Twitter as well as SPARK on Instagram for articles on the benefits of volunteering and posts featuring great SPARK events. If you think your chapter has a great event, please email your event details and pictures to:

June Featured Service Project:

This month, we’d like to highlight the GK chapter at the University of the Virgin Islands- St Croix. They worked with their university to set up a tour of the campus for 400 students at Juanita Gardine Elementary School. Golden Key members gave speeches about the importance of aiming high and striving for success with an emphasis on the importance of academics, leadership and service.  The speeches tasked students to do well academically, to take charge as future leaders and to get involved in their communities through service projects and lending a helping hand to someone in need. The purpose of the event was to instill the importance of education and literacy in students from an early age as a way to plant the seed for them to strive to reach their potentials.



Golden Key Flag Football Team Wins Championship

June 4, 2015

Several Golden Key HQ employees and their friends participated in a co-ed flag football league this spring in Atlanta on Saturday’s. After winning 7 games, the team made it to the playoffs. During the playoffs, the top four teams played, and on Saturday, May 30th, the Golden Key team became the winners of the championship! Golden Key ended the season undefeated 9-0!


Top (L-R): Zac Etheridge, Kenny Irons, Mike Bradshaw, Jourdan Hamilton, Alex Quinn, Anthony Adighibe, Lenora Oeters, Derrick Brown, Kendrick Brown
Bottom (L-R): Chris Yarbrough, Hamiyda Scipio, Ashlyn Houska, Hayley Jane-Buck, Stephanie Thompson

1947977_704602390871_3866728677737526484_nThe team is made up of 7 employees (Alex, Lenora, Derrick, Kendrick, Chris, Hamiyda, and Ashlyn), 2 Golden Key honorary members (Kenny and Zac), and 5 GK friends (Mike, Jourdan, Anthony, Hayley and Stephanie).

“I had the opportunity to play on Golden Key’s first flag football team in the fall of 2011 when I first started with the society.  This was an amazing bonding experience as a team and I got to know my co-workers so much better!  Now having been on the championship team this spring 2015, I can say how proud I am to call these individuals co-workers and friends,” said Lenora.  “I’m so thankful for this opportunity provided by Golden Key and feel so lucky to work for such a fun and talented group of individuals!”

Golden Key encourages employees to participate in fun team building activities outside the office, which not only allow colleagues to bond in a social setting, but it also improves company morale. Congrats to our winning team!


Alumni Story – Anna McLeod

June 2, 2015

Anna McLeod Picture.jpgAnna McLeod joined Golden Key almost 15 years ago and has continued to embrace the networks available to members.

GK at RMIT.jpgAs the Business Development Consultant and Product Manager for the Navitas Professional Internship Program, Anna has helped more than 1,500 graduates start their career. Additionally, she continues to inspire and mentor Golden Key members at a number of professional development events in Australia.

She has a background in the public, private and higher education sectors, with previous roles at the Department of Planning and Community Development and the University of Melbourne. We had the chance to speak with Anna and find out a little bit more about her.

  1. Where did you grow up? Where do you currently live? I grew up in Ballarat  and currently live in Melbourne.
  1. What university did you go to and what did you study? I earned a Bachelor of Psychology at Federation University and Master of International Relations at Monash University.
  1. When did you join Golden Key and for what reasons? I joined Golden Key in 2001 because I knew it would be a valuable network for life.
  1. How has Golden Key influenced your career path? Prior to joining the Golden Key I was in a bit of a bubble focusing on my studies and social life but it showed me that there was a lot more to get involved in. It opened my mind to networking and learning more from others. Over the past four years of my career, it has been an extremely valuable networking channel and has opened the door for me to make lots of useful business contacts that have been beneficial to my current role.
  1. What are you doing now? What is your job title? I am a Business Development Consultant at Navitas. My role involves helping international and local graduates start their career after university. At Navitas we do this via our work readiness and internship training programs including the Professional Year Program. I also get the opportunity to deliver career workshops to community groups, student societies including Golden Key and universities. When I graduated I found it difficult starting my career so, today I feel very privileged to be able to help others by sharing strategies and secrets for successfully navigating the Australian job market. I am really lucky because not everyone gets to go to work and love what they do every day.
  1. What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done? I think it would have to be a Round Square Association student exchange I did in England when I was fifteen. It was amazing. Not only did I get to see what life was like in another country but also joined an education delegation that traveled to France, Germany, Scotland and Switzerland and met with students from 25 other countries at the World Round Square Conference. A highlight of this experience was meeting His Majesty Constantine II, King of Greece. He was a friendly and fascinating person.
  1. What is your proudest achievement? Over the past 6 years, I have helped more than 1,500 graduates start their career.
  1. What motivates you? Success motivates me. I like to get things done. It means I work too hard but I can’t help it I love taking on a challenge and succeeding it is very satisfying.
  2. What is the best advice you’ve ever heard? The short answer is this:
    In the wise words of my husband, “Google it”
    In the wise words of Taylor Swift, “Shake it off”
    In the wise words of my boss “Don’t worry about what you can’t control just focus on being successful at what you are responsible for.”



  1. What activities and hobbies do you take part in? I absolutely love cooking, trying different restaurants and wine tasting.


  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why? Spain or Vietnam because of the food or perhaps France for the wine and food.



  1. What is a fun fact about you? When I was young my brother and sister used to pay me to not speak. I think the going rate was 20c for 30mins. And I like to skateboard…but I’m not very good at it.

Fall 2014 Scholarship Winners

May 29, 2015

This week we’ve announced the recipients of our biggest awards from fall of 2014:

Today, we’re excited to display the recipients of the remaining fall 2014 headquarters awards. These scholarships make up part of the $1,000,000 we award annually to members.

The winners of the remaining Fall 2014 scholarships, in no particular order, are:

Achieving Success Award: For Transfer Students ($1,000)

  • Shaun Flynn, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Todd Santee, University of Colorado Denver, United States
  • Javanese Fuller, Norfolk State University, United States

GEICO Life Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Marissa Bane, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
  • Allison Fox, American Public University System, United States
  • Albert Appouh, Rutgers-Newark, The State University of New Jersey, United States
  • Charlotte Dobson, The University of Winnipeg, Canada
  • Teidda Vejcik, Kaplan University, United States

Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship ($2,500)

  • Cikida Gcali, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Research Grant ($1,000)

  • MacKenzie Robertson, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Ruth Martinez, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Maria Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ronderos, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States
  • Kathleen Saul, University of Delaware, United States
  • Jay Bhatt, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
  • A’Kena LongBenton, Wayne State University, United States
  • Andrew Colombo-Dougovito, University of Virginia, United States
  • Katherine Evans, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Ana Stevenson, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Adewale Akinfaderin, Florida State University, United States

Study Abroad Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Matthew Bohmer, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Karilyn Brayall, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States
  • Francis Buatti, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States
  • Timothy Carew, Deakin University, Australia
  • Laura Castle, Michigan State University, United States
  • Kelvin Chai, RMIT University, Australia
  • Thomas Landstedt, The University of New Mexico, United States
  • Eric McDermott, The International Max Planck Research School, United States
  • Connor Smith, University of Louisville, United States
  • Alexander Stagg, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Michael York, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta Indonesia, Australia
  • Douglas Ramon, California State University, Los Angeles, United States
  • Paige Chen, University of Canterbury, Australia
  • James Ako Oben, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
  • Megan Carvajal, Florida State University, United States
  • Ali Borazjani, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Megan Smith, University of Missouri-St. Louis, United States
  • Emma Ffrench-Mullen, Monash University, Australia
  • Sarah Bouse, Rice University, United States
  • Eroncia Berry, Jackson State University, United States
  • Callie Blakey, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, United States
  • Keaton Gairns, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Garrett Garcia, The University of Vermont, United States
  • Michaela Gores, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States
  • Brendon Gardner, Iowa State University, United States
  • Erron Estrado, University of Miami, United States

Congratulations to the winners!

Want to become a scholarship winner? Well you have to apply first! The full listing is found here:

Fall 2014 Graduate Scholar Award Winners

May 28, 2015

Golden Key’s scholarship recipients embody the pillars for which Golden Key stands and we are delighted to assist them in making their dreams a reality. The Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award supports members’ post-baccalaureate study at accredited universities anywhere in the world. It is our premier scholarship, awarding $10,000 USD to each recipient. We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Fall 2014 award!

The recipients (in no particular order) are:

  • Nijiati Abulizi, The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Olive Aneno, The University of Georgia, United States
  • Gerard Atkinson, Southern Methodist University, United States
  • Evora Baker, Walden University, United States
  • Caleb Ballard, Northeastern University, United States
  • Aaron Brooks, Florida State University, United States
  • Lydia Sinkus, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • Marc Stevens, East Tennessee State University, United States
  • Darcy Tootoosis, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Dominic Pesce, University of Virginia, United States
  • Leonardo Almeida, Brigham Young University, United States
  • Karen Chung Tun Wong, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Beverly Vendryes, Walden University, United States
  • Matthew Bui, McMaster University, United States
  • Andrew Jackson, New York Film Academy, United States
  • Kim Helms, Valdosta State University, United States
  • Sarah Bouse, Rice University, United States
  • Brianna Johnson, San Diego State University, Canada
  • Sherman Leung, Griffith University, Australia

Congratulations to the winners!

Want to become a scholarship winner? Well you have to apply first! The full listing is found here:


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