My coworker Megan Schuller and I attended “Modern Mentorship”, a MPLS MadWomen event which featured a panel of local leaders in the industry — both men and women — who have credited the act of mentorship with helping their own lives and careers.
Our main takeaways:
- Seeking out a mentor does not have to be formal, but should happen organically once you meet your best match
- As a mentee, come with a problem to solve or know what you want to discuss
- Be curious. Seek out mentors that inspire you, even if it means lightly stalking that person!
Some of our favorite tweets from #madformentors:
— Carmichael Lynch (@carmichaellynch) March 26, 2015
— Peter Krueger (@peterkrooger) March 26, 2015
— Sara (@yogagirl5252) March 26, 2015
After the panel, we were assigned to different groups to go through an exercise that forced us to think about influencers in our own lives. For both of us, it was a very personal and eye-opening experience. Take a look at the form [MODERN MENTORSHIP, PDF 620KB] and let us know in the comments if the results surprise you as well.
A mentor can help you de-clutter the noise in a stressful situation or can help guide women and men alike on how to navigate a new professional situation you have never encountered.
Thanks to MPLS MadWomen for another inspiring and challenging discussion. If you’re interested in joining in for the next event, please join the group on LinkedIn.
Panelists for this event included:
Morgan Hay-Chapman from Space150 – @morganrhc
Rocky Novak from Fallon – @rockynovak
Sam Bennett from Best Buy – @sambennett
Maija Hoehn from Martin Williams – @maijahoehn
Julie Vessel from Mono – @julievessel