Our alumni community is over 14,000 members strong. From Toronto to New York City to Hong Kong and beyond, our graduates are making their marks in businesses and communities around the globe. We are exceptionally proud of all of our grads and are excited to share their stories.
Featured Alumni Profile
Diana Goodwin, BCom ’07
“I’ve had help from so many amazing people along the way. I want to make sure that I’m there for others as well.”
Diana Goodwin (BCom 2007), founder of AquaMobile Swim School, a company which specializes in home- and condo-based swim instruction, credits her Commerce degree with giving her a solid foundation in the business skills that enabled her to succeed as a management consultant and as an entrepreneur.
Goodwin chose the University of Toronto for its great reputation in Canada and abroad, as she wanted to pursue opportunities outside of Canada. “I also really wanted to be in a big city and I fell in love with the UofT campus filled with history and beautiful architecture,” she says.
A sports fan, Diana was a member of both the UofT varsity soccer and track & field teams. She also served as Philanthropy Chair of her sorority, worked part-time at the Air Canada Centre, and still found time to attend a number of Commerce social events.
A summer internship at Bain between her third and fourth year led to a career in management consulting. “I loved it, so I knew I wanted to go back full-time,” says Diana. After three years at Bain, Diana went to the Kellogg School of Management, where she completed her MBA. Since graduating from Kellogg, Diana has worked full-time on her start-up, AquaMobile Swim School, an idea that she began working on while a management consultant.
Getting more involved in the Rotman Commerce Alumni Community is important to Diana. She recently spoke at an alumni career-transition event and would love to become a mentor to students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. “I’ve had help from so many amazing people along the way. I want to make sure that I’m there for others as well.”
When asked to elaborate on advice she would offer an aspiring entrepreneur, Diana says, “It’s never too early to start building your network. For the budding entrepreneurs out there, I’d also say to make sure you focus on what you’re most passionate about pursuing. It is so easy for entrepreneurial-minded people to get pulled in multiple directions and get distracted along the way, which can ultimately derail them from what they’re trying to accomplish in the first place.”