Thank you to everyone who joined WIFVNE at The Grommet for our first event as part of our Mentoring Initiative on August 15! Attendees reported being inspired, getting connected, and learning. WIFVNE is taking all of your feedback to build this new initiative. We’re grateful to our Mentoring Facilitators who met with attendees in small groups: Mary Agnes, Ann Marie Charland, Julie Kahn, and Kathleen O’Heron.
Special thanks to our speaker Joanne Domenicino of The Grommet who welcomed us with her stories on mentoring; some of her advice is below:
- When you get help, give back.
- Don’t expect more than you should.
- Don’t ask for a job.
- Don’t ask the mentor to conform to your schedule/go back and forth with scheduling.
- No hair twirling
One of the attendees shares: I met a lot of new folks in the industry and it was good to connect. The biggest takeaways I had were: there is no linear path. We all take a different routes, and none of them are wrong. There is some serendipity to most paths, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create some of your own… I hadn’t considered that I might have advice to give!