WCT - mentorship advice and opportunities
I had the pleasure of joining WCT and an amazing panel including: Victoria Lennox - Co-Founder and CEO of Startup Canada, Catherine Cano - President of CPAC and Jennifer Flanagan - CEO of Actua. Susan Delacourt, award-winning political journalist and our fearless moderator, assigned us the task of finding inspirational quotes about mentorship - but here’s the catch, said by women.
The whole room was buzzing with ambitious women in communications and technology - all with something to say about mentorship. Together, we added incredible insights and stories to the history books - which (let's be honest) in the past, were written by men.
Here are some of my take-aways from the evening:
Mentorship is reciprocal.
Often people think of mentorship as a one-sided relationship, but that simply is not true. Research proves that mentors are 6 times more likely to be promoted, while mentees are 5 times as often as non-mentored employees.
Adding onto Jennifer's analogy, athletes cannot win without the steady leadership of their coach. Just as a coach cannot succeed without the talented athletes.
Mentorship is a reciprocal relationship based on a connection and a willingness to learn.
there is nothing wrong with ambition.
You already know what you want. Mentors will help give you the strength to chase it.
Which brings me to my next point...
confidence is essential
Fear is debilitating. It will prevent you from walking into the room and making the ask. Mentors can help you identify the role of fear and how it is holding you back.
Do not let the fear of making a mistake keep you from taking action.
Three words: make more mistakes.
I've made all kinds mistakes, every single one. Do I regret those mistakes? No. It got me to where I am today.
That being said, as a mentor, my goal is to help you learn from my mistakes and prevent you from making the same mistakes along the way.
You've seen the benefits of being a mentor or a mentee. Now is the time to be a part of real change. Click here to find out more details of WCT's Mentorship Circle.
See you soon,