Ravneet Dhaliwal enjoyed tremendous success at school, earning more than $60,000 in scholarships to fund her studies at the Beedie School of Business. Rather than rest on her laurels, however, she now strives to help others emulate her achievements.
Ravneet is the co-founder of Math4me, an organization that is putting an entirely new spin on tutoring. It not only provides tutoring to elementary and high school students, but also offers mentorship, including career guidance, university application assistance, and scholarship advice.
“I wanted to put together a program that not only helped the students in school, but also provided the kind of opportunities that I had myself to let them find their passion in life,” says Ravneet. “Many of our clients just come for the mentorship – they are already smart, inspired young people with excellent grades, but want to know how to translate their academics into real world results.”
Math4me offers its services at an affordable price of $8-13 per hour – less than one third of the average rate offered by most tutoring services. Since launching in 2010 it has expanded to five locations across the Lower Mainland, employs over 100 people, and has helped more than 3,000 students raise over $100,000 in university scholarships.
She cites fellow Beedie student Stephanie Wong as a major influence in her career, and the pair’s careers have often followed similar paths – both are recipients of the HSBC Women in Leadership Award, as well as the BASS Student Impact Award.
Ravneet was also listed as one of Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 in 2012, and more recently was named one of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women of Promise – an honour which came with the added bonus of allowing her to witness Hillary Clinton deliver an impassioned speech in Vancouver about the role of women in business.
Although managing Math4me has been a fulltime job on top of her studies, Ravneet found time to compete in the KPMG Ace the Case competition in 2012, where her team placed second. The experience will help her as she takes a step back from running Math4me after graduation, in order to pursue her CPA qualification.
“I have been blessed to enjoy such a practical education at Beedie that I could apply right away,” she says. “I am so thankful for the constant support and opportunities that have provided the platform to achieve my potential.”
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