It is inspiring to note, there is a movement that has occurred in recent years that supports mentorship between accomplished businessmen and new/emerging female leaders.
When I first began my entrepreneurial journey over 25 years ago, there were very few role models from women for women in business. Inspiration was gained through a willingness to learn, fuelled by a passion to succeed while making a positive contribution to our communities.
In the upper echelons of companies, executives were all blue suits and red ties, usually with the first signs of women in business in third tier positions, and most often by seasoned individuals with well over 20 years of experience within the organization. It was a frustrating time for anyone starting their career with a long term vision to contribute and aspire to a leadership role within in an organization. The women’s movement started in the 60’s with many females in business paving the way for the next generation of business leaders.
Thankfully, times are changing!
Throughout the last 25 years, as an entrepreneur, I have worked with many individuals who have climbed the corporate ladder in organizations with a mentor wearing the blue suit to assist with opening doors.
The HeForShe movement has created an opportunity that I’d like to consider is “people supporting people” rather than a focus on gender roles.
Have we not been able to change the references within the hallowed halls of business to ensure that the best leaders are mentored based on skill and expertise rather than a focus on gender?
Since the publication of the first edition of Breaking Barriers, I have come to realize that sharing our stories from 10 Entrepreneurial Women is a powerful form of mentorship that supports one-to-one connections. Empowering individuals to pursue their dreams creates an opportunity to build a solid platform and develop our own formula for success.
Breaking Barriers has become my passion project, as I embark on an international edition, we will continue to share stories from business leaders in 10 different countries to inspire, motivate, and empower “people” in business on a global platform.
The stories will continue to feature women in business, as I believe we need to continue to lead by example and sharing stories is a great way to continue the trend to inspire others to fulfill their dreams.
Mentorship, is a powerful tool for success, at times providing a roadmap for others to embark on a journey that contributes to our communities through positive change. Regardless of gender, I’d like to encourage you to make a connection through mentorship that leads to personal and professional success.
I’d like to thank everyone who shares this vision; without you, it would be impossible to continue the journey.
I send my heartfelt thanks to everyone who joins us in this new project…
I look forward to sharing your story!