Do you and your mentor define the word the same way?

Want to know the definition of “mentor”? I looked it up.

Men·tor – ˈmenˌtôr,ˈmenˌtər/
noun
1.
an experienced and trusted adviser.
“he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915”
synonyms: adviser, guide, guru, counselor, consultant; confidant(e)
“his political mentors”
verb
1.
advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague).

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear someone talking about being a mentor, getting a mentor, or just exploring the whole idea of mentorship. I’ve said this on many occasions, but I don’t think we all have the same meaning for a mentor. When I asked people what a mentor does, here’s what they said:

  • Helps me get ahead in my career/advocates for me.
  • Shares their expertise in a particular subject.
  • Introduces me to people who can help me.
  • Helps me work through challenges in my workplace.
  • Advises me on how to maximise my career path.
  • Is someone who can empathise with me when I need someone to listen.
  • Someone who helps me figure out what I need to do to level up in my career.

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Women & VC Funding: Questions Beyond the Headline

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Over the last week or so there has been a flurry of articles about the announcement from PitchBook and Fortune that female founders got 2% of Venture Capital in 2017. The article points out the silver lining that dollars invested was up by a whopping (note the sarcasm here) $500,000 from last year. Read that again: Female founders got TWO PERCENT of VC in 2017. This is nowhere close to the almost 70% of capital given to male-founded companies. While an attention-getting headline, I don’t think this actually tells me anything other than people can add.

Now before you start going there, this is not a rant (yet) about the lack of funding for female lead startups. This particular rant is about the math and the metrics behind the story and the headlines it created. Continue reading “Women & VC Funding: Questions Beyond the Headline”

Bespoke Bubbles

Lessons in Language and Individuality

Imagine for a moment that you’re invited to discuss with a small group of thought leaders the idea of narrative in the 21st Century. In the invitation informs you that you will give up an entire weekend, there is no agenda, and no other participants are known. The only thing you do know is that the host is this intriguing gentleman whom you’ve had some very thought-provoking conversations with before.

Would you say yes?

Of course, I said yes. Boy, I’m glad I did! Whom I met, what I learned, and my curiosity about what will manifest is still making me ponder almost a week later.

As the other 11 thinkers introduced themselves, I must admit that my IBSC (itty bitty shitty committee) screamed at the top of its lungs. These were people doing tremendous things on a massive scale. I can’t share the invite list, but let’s just say we had social activism, technology, military, politics, global economics, and environmentalism covered. And there I was with my platform of why people need to be able to articulate why they’re awesome.

I won’t go into a long diatribe about the ridiculousness of negative self-talk. We all know that conversation.

Once I got past myself, I listened, I absorbed, I learned. Continue reading “Bespoke Bubbles”