Throughout my career, I have been lucky to have people along the way take me under their wing coaching and mentoring me. None of the mentoring I received was through a formal program, rather, it was a vested interest, a sisterhood of the previous generation reaching back to help the next generation forward. I have always informally worked to pay that forward. Whether it’s working with someone who is reporting directly into me to help them in their career goals, coaching them to be better presenters and listeners, challenging them to think deeper or working with colleagues in the same way, being their sounding board.
When I was approached last fall to be part of starting a non-profit mentoring organization, I was excited to immediately commit to this initiative. It takes a passion I have for helping others and allows me to formally pay it forward. I am excited to announce that over the past year I have been working with some amazing, strong, smart, women who also believe in helping other women. In March we were planning to launch our non-profit organization which is committed to the mentorship process. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic we had to push back our launch, but we are now officially going live. If you want to be a part of helping other women follow us on LinkedIn @BuildingUp.Club or visit our website https://buildingup.club/ to learn about mentoring opportunities.
Mentoring offers advantages to both the mentor and the mentee. I know personally when I have mentored other individuals and see them thrive, it brings great satisfaction to me. As a mentee, I have received priceless guidance regarding my career, my attitude, my ability to accept constructive criticism and to become more humble looking at someone else’s perspective.
Mentoring or being a mentee requires a growth mindset. It also requires an openness to give and receive feedback and a commitment to the relationship and the process.
Chief Development Officer