As a Business Woman – Who Are You Mentoring?

It’s been called pay it forward or giving a leg up, but one thing is for sure; we have a duty to help others as we have been helped along the way.

No man is an island and that goes for business women.

As you have progressed in your career there have been people (perhaps all the way back to your elementary school years) who have helped you get where you are today. At some point we need to reach out to bring others along in a similar manner.

Indra Nooyi, the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo is one of the most powerful women in business today. In a recent article about inspirational and influential women, Indra shared this thought:

“The times I feel the greatest are when I’m coaching, developing talent, mentoring people to do what they never thought they could. When you see your team blossoming and growing, you say, ‘Man, I’m doing good for the next generation.'”

Read more: Indra Nooyi – Shine On Awards Recognizes Indra Nooyi – Good Housekeeping

So how do you get started? It can be as simple as taking a woman out for coffee or lunch. Ask them to share their dreams and goals. See if there are ways or people you can help connect them with. Connect with a local college and offer to meet with soon-to-graduate seniors in your area of expertise. Be available to answer their questions; make introductions; offer to simply share your own experience.
Offer to speak to students at your local college or university in your area of professional expertise. Your own journey makes for a powerful lesson for those just starting out.
The official Mentor organization refers to mentoring as:

At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day worries.

Think back. Did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job? Simple things that seem easy or straightforward to you now may appear to be a complete mystery to a young person.

Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations.

 Pay it Forward Day was April 28 but that doesn’t mean we can’t offer assistance, guidance or a helping hand the other 364 days of the year.
Have you mentored someone in your office or community? Give it a try – you’ll feel good and you’ll help someone else along the way.