Why do we need a Mentor?

When 21 women come together and share lessons from their life as entrepreneurs, there is power, guidance, true grit, vulnerability, and inspiration with perspectives to guide and support others on their own journey.

Mentors don’t tell us what to do, they open a door and invite us in to a room of possibility. “Have you considered this”; they may ask. “Let me tell you a story”, is often heard from a mentee or protégé.

The truth is, no matter how independent we are, or how strong we may feel, we are not meant to do this life alone.

I have advisors, and I tap into their wisdom often. As much as I love working on my own, and trust my intuition to guide me, I am smart enough to realize I need the input of my trusted advisors to either confirm what I am thinking or doing, or to give me other perspectives. I may not agree with them, and at times I need a purposeful nudge, but I listen and know there are always other ways of viewing and understanding a situation, idea, or avenue.

I am so proud to have brought together 21 amazing women in business to publish the third book in our mentoring series, Mentoring Women Leaders III – Lessons Learned. Each one of these women have a message that has the potential to change lives.

In 2012 I was invited to give a talk on networking to the classroom where Shauna Madsen was teaching a business plan program to 20 new entrepreneurs. I shared my story of Womanition and a young woman in the class began to cry. When I left, I met her on the elevator and asked why she was crying. She told me her story.

She used to run drugs for drug dealers in Edmonton and would take the free magazines from the stands in her local grocery store and wrap the drugs inside. One day she picked up the Womanition magazine and couldn’t bring herself to wrap the drugs inside once she flipped through the pages. On the bus she began reading about each woman; their articles about how they started their business, the difficulties they overcame, their failures and successes.

She was so inspired by what she read; she left her career as a drug runner to start her own, legitimate business. I cried along with her and encouraged her to keep moving forward.

This is the power of mentoring. We may never know the impact we have on another, and as long as we continue to build our businesses, our community and serve for serving sake, we will make a difference, one protégé at a time.

Mentoring Women Leaders III – Lessons Learned is published this month and we will have it for sale at the Biz Brigade on Friday. When you purchase a book, you have the opportunity to join a mentoring session with some of our mentors.

I look forward to seeing you at the BizBrigade.

  Posted: Friday, July 5th, 1:00pm a month ago

November 2014 was the first meeting I attended with Womanition at the Four Points Hotel on 75th street and 63rd Ave. in Edmonton. Since that day, my life has never been the same! Shortly after meeting with Dorothy Briggs, I became the facilitator of the Leduc Womanition Connect Group. I have been running the Leduc group since February 2015. February 2019 marks the beginning of my 4th year as the facilitator for the Leduc Womanition group. When I first saw a Womanition Magazine, I was determined to find a way to be featured in this beautiful, professional magazine. I have now been featured in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and am about to be published once again in the 2019 issue of the Womanition Magazine. It was actually through a client of mine that I became introduced to Dorothy Briggs. I had been carrying a copy of the 2014 Womanition Magazine around in my briefcase. One day when we were working in my client’s office, she asked me if I knew about Womanition? I pulled out my magazine from my briefcase and said, “Do you mean this Womanition?” She agreed and of course I wanted to attend the next meeting in Edmonton! That’s where I met Dorothy Briggs for the first time. I have received greeting cards in the mail from people congratulating me for being featured in the Womanition magazine. These people are not in the magazine. They don't even live in Edmonton! The first time I was featured in the magazine, my credibility shot up so much that I had 14 ladies come up to me and ask for my services. I will run the Leduc Womanition Connect Group and be in the Womanition Magazine for as long as I live in Alberta...not that I am planning to move any time in the future. Being part of Womanition has had a positive effect on my life. I will forever be grateful to Dorothy Briggs for believing in me enough to allow me to manage the Leduc Womanition group. As for business, most of my business comes through Womanition now. Yes, I still get clients through LinkedIn itself, but now it is 70% from Womanition and 30% from LinkedIn. Womanition has taught me so much about business and how to do business, as well as great people skills. Dorothy is truly inspired as a visionary for her Womanition business. I love her forever for being my friend and for loving me back. -Christine Till

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