Stephanie Aoun is not your typical corporate RBC employee.
She likes to keep things interesting with her bubbly and humour-loving personality, but don’t let that you fool you into thinking that she won’t tell you what she’s thinking and be completely honest. We sat down with Steph to chat about what brought her to where she is, her inspirations and inner-drive, and the people who have helped her along the way.
Someone I look up to is…
My mother. She has faced many obstacles in life and has overcome them to become incredibly successful.
My favourite Instagram account to follow right now is…
Condé Nast. I love following all their posts. I am a huge traveller. It gives me all kinds of inspiration for my next trip.
The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is…
It’s super unhealthy, and I don’t recommend it, I check my emails.
How did you get started?
I got started after grad school. I majored in Philosophy and minored in Women’s Studies, and there’s not much you can do with that! I was figuring out what I wanted to do with my life and I decided to take a post-grad in corporate communications and ended up getting a Master’s in that. I found out that I loved marketing, it hit my passions of being creative and strategic. Combining the two allows me to do what I love every day.
What type of Notable are you? Are you a creator, an entrepreneur, or a professional?
I’m a bit of a hybrid. I would like to consider myself a professional and creative. I combine my creative passion with my professional passion.
What do you want to be known for?
I want to be known for being kind. I think we’ve lost that attribute as a society and as a millennial generation. We don’t give back enough. I want to be known for being kind, being kind to others, and giving back to the community.
What does ambition mean to you?
Ambition, to me, is something you never give up on. Even though you achieve your goals, that doesn’t mean you’ve stopped in your life. You continue to grow and continue to create higher and unreachable goals so that you are continually driving yourself to be a better you.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment/proudest moment to date?
Never giving up on who I am. I work at RBC, which is a super corporate environment. That doesn’t mean that I have changed who I am. I am still very fun and loving and come to every meeting with my creative attitude. I am not hindered by the environment that I am in. Instead, I’m pushed to be a better version of myself.
Is there a business decision now that you look back on and wish you made differently?
There is not a particular business decision that I would change in my life. Every decision I have made has taught me something, and I value that very much. Bouncing from agency to in-house as a marketer has had its ups and downs. I draw the pros and cons from that and continue to grow my career.
What are some pivotal mentorship moments for you?
A particular moment where I went to my mentor was when I started thinking of moving to RBC. It was a big blue bank. I wasn’t sure if I was pigeon-holing myself going from two different finanical institutions to RBC. This mentor helped me decide that it was the right choice for me and why which ended up leading me to my job which I love.
What parts of your personality, skills, or approach have helped your career?
I am a super honest person – it may not be what you want to hear, but I am going to tell you what I am thinking. I finesse it in a way so as not to offend anyone, but I am going to tell you exactly what I’m thinking.
What are your Notable Life goals?
To continue to grow in my career. I have a 5-year plan (VP in five years!) I also want to keep my creative passion and never let that burn out.
What’s the next challenge or project you’re tackling?
The next project that I’m tackling is the launch of a brand new product that will be in Canada that I can’t say much about right now. It’s going to be pretty big, and we’re very excited to release it!
Do you have any hidden talents or secret talents?
I don’t know if it’s a hidden talent because I have an Instagram account (@dagherart) for it, but I am also an abstract artist. I paint massive canvases for people and help them bring their vision to life through my artwork.
What’s something we don’t know about?
I have travelled to over 50 countries, and that list is going to continue to grow this year.
Where can we learn more about you?
If you’re looking to get ahold of me, you can find me on my Instagram account @stephdagher.