All of the ideas in the world won't change the balance of leadership without action. But sometimes action seems daunting without guidance. As suggested within the Woman's Fund conversations, a mentor is a powerful relationship that can be a place to explore, learn, and foster a budding leader.
Jenni Luke, CEO of Step Up Women’s Network provides a broad definition of what a mentor is and does. Each of us at Reach Partners certainly have the traditional archetype of a mentor in our lives but also have people who come and go who have helped process career choices and decisions. Having a mentor and being a mentor are invaluable experiences.
Become a mentor or find a mentor. As Ms. Luke states, don’t go in with, “will you be my mentor?” start by asking someone you admire for a coffee date or if you see potential in a person reach out to them to grow the relationship.
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