Let’s Talk About Mentoring

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Buy your tickets to our fall “How To” Conference now so you can participate in our lunch mentorship program. By Jordan Hunter (Editorial Intern, Women 2.0)

Entrepreneurship can get lonely, especially when you’re launching your first startup. Because you’re often in it alone, you need someone with a plethora of experience both in the business world and in life. A mentor will be there to answer your questions and help you make the right decisions for both you and your business.

If you’ve attended one of our conferences before, you know the lunch mentoring portion of the conference is one of the most rewarding. We match you in small groups with one or more experienced entrepreneurs for a round-table mentor lunch where you can participate in fruitful conversations and get great advice from hand-selected mentors and other attendees.

Make sure to register for the lunch mentorship program after you grab your conference ticket!

For some inspiration, here’s a look back at some of our top pieces on mentoring:

If you could have lunch with any of your business role models, who would it be? Now you might get the chance.

This article was from our February “The BIG Tech” conference and explained further in details the conference’s lunch mentorship program and listed short blurbs about each acting mentor so that you could learn more about them and possibly gain some ice breaker questions. Make sure to read up and do your research beforehand so you have plenty to discuss.

— By Jessica Schimm (Assistant Editor, Women 2.0)

Do you have that kind of “do it all yourself” attitude? Read this.

This article, written by a successful founder, is about how finding a mentor can be difficult for female founders because they often have a “Superman” mentality, thinking they should be able to do it all. This is not the case, as many entrepreneurs have learned and this founder categorizes her mentors from both inside and outside the industry.

— By Kim Kaupe (Co-founder, ‘ZinePak)

Do you ever have that burning question but have no one to ask? This article might help you.

This article touches on the author’s definition of “micro-mentoring.” Oftentimes, successful business people have never had a reliable mentor, but instead sought out advice from specific people on specific questions. This author wants you to know that it is OK to embrace micro-mentoring.

— By Karen Catlin (Advocate for Technical Women)

So you want to be a mentor but your calendar is full. We have a suggestion for you.

It only takes a minute to pass along good advice, according to this career strategist. The idea of one-minute mentoring is just passing along a name of someone you know to someone who could find that person’s advice beneficial. This article focuses on how you can be a one-minute mentor and how others can benefit from the quick business advice that takes very little time and commitment to helping other women in the business world.

— By Kathryn Sollmann (Career Strategist, 9 Lives for Women)

Did you have a female mentor that helped you through? Now you can pass it on.

This article explains the concept of “paying it forward” in the world of women mentoring women. One entrepreneur tells the story of meeting her mentor and how her eagerness to help her carried over into the author’s eventual role as a mentor.

— By Zoe Barry (Founder & CEO, ZappRx)

Still looking for a proper mentor? These tips might help.

So once you find a great mentor, the challenge is staying in touch and checking in with them. This article gives you seven ways to seek out the proper mentor and continue to learn from them for years to come.

— By Erica Dhawan (CEO, Erica Dhawan, LLC)

Searching for a mentor but don’t have time for all those networking events? This might be the answer to your problem.

It’s no shock that technology is advancing our social lives. But can it further advance how we connect with those we aspire to be? This article introduced two online mentoring organizations that match you based on your network to bring mentors and mentees together.

— By Terri Griffith (Chair, Santa Clara University Management Department)

Is your time having a mentor over? No! Find out why.

When do women make the leap from needing mentoring to being a mentor? Never, says this executive who came to the U.S. from China knowing no one and says she still puts herself out there at every networking event she attends. When it comes to mentorship, there is no finish line.

— By Diana Scimone (President, Peapod Publishing)

What has your mentorship experience been like?


About the author: Jordan Hunter (@wannabe_wintour) is an editorial intern at Women 2.0. She is in her last year at San Francisco State University where she is pursuing a B.A. in journalism and a minor in political science and was the former Print Managing Editor of the campus newspaper. She loves everything to do with grammar and blogging about beauty.