Paying It Forward as a Mentor
How often do you say sincerely how can I help you?
That's a line I got to use with a succession of women this morning as a mentor at the 1st Annual Mentoring Monday organized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
I almost took a pass on the opportunity. When the email invitation arrived, I thought of all the amazing Silicon Valley women who likely could provide more depth and breadth of insights. Then I took a deep breath, thought for a moment, adjusted my attitude, and committed to doing it. Right decision.
How far reaching was this event? Today 8,000+ women across America had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with seasoned business women in the 40 Business Journal markets across the USA.
Why? These events launched a new dedicated website featuring national digital editorial identifying local trends and business firsts among women Bizwomen.com.
What made it so special? An exclusive video featuring Lori Greiner of Shark Tank fame primed us for our hour of "speed" mentoring - each session lasting about 5 minutes. In addition to a wide spectrum of business women from across the Bay Area, we had students from both San Jose State University and Notre Dame High School. Each person had questions and shared their dreams and plans.
Will I be following up with these folks? You bet! The opportunity to help was entirely my pleasure. And it all happened before 10 am! #mentoringrocks #mentoringmonday #doingtherightthing