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“You are both learning together. That’s how the mentor-mentee relationship should be.”

Madhusmita Rath

Samantha and surrounding yourself with strength
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Samantha and surrounding yourself with strength

I have some fantastic friends within the company and we joke around and call ourselves the ‘Leading Ladies.’ We’re all different levels of management. We get together outside of the office and it’s a mix of work and personal. We have a built-in connection, though none of us work directly together. It’s been phenomenal being... Read more »

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Advocating for other women with Aruna
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Advocating for other women with Aruna

As a woman, it is very important to mentor other women. We can create a supportive environment that encourages them to perform without feeling as though they have no room to make mistakes and grow. Advocating for other women is really a matter of gaining representation. The more women there are, the more we can... Read more »

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"I think we need to give each other a chance. I was fortunate to have different people throughout my career that gave me a chance."

Megan Rosetti

Finding multiple mentors with Idelia
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Finding multiple mentors with Idelia

Mentorship is a very new concept to me. We’ve really only started mentorship programs in the last seven years or so. Obviously, mentoring has always happened, but it hasn’t always been so formal; it happened naturally. I had a mentor at my first “real” job. She was an amazing lady who came up in business... Read more »

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“You’re not automatically going to change everybody’s minds. Get the help that you can get. Get a sponsor. Build relationships. That will help you be heard.”

Idelia Van Der Byl

Yuliya talks the two-way street of mentorship
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Yuliya talks the two-way street of mentorship

Many people think of mentorship relationships as a one-way street where only the mentee receives skills and knowledge. As an Android lead, I mentor new team members on a regular basis. I regularly discuss the architecture of our Android app during my mentoring sessions. Architecture is of high importance when building scalable and maintainable technology.... Read more »

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“Women value relationships. We are able to connect emotionally with other women and are more empathetic. We have some common things to share."

Madhusmita Rath

"By cheering for women, we encourage them to sit at the table instead of sitting in the corner."

Satin Henderson

Asking for help with Quita Moreland
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Asking for help with Quita Moreland

I’ve had several women mentors in my life. My high school German teacher Frau Beirold, was one of my biggest supporters at an early age. She is the main reason I was able to attend college. She believed in me so much that she paid the admissions fee to hold my spot to attend Purdue... Read more »

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The key to happiness with Jacqui
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The key to happiness with Jacqui

I’ve discovered that some of the happiest, most fulfilled people didn’t necessarily take a linear path to their current job. What they all have in common is that they listened to their gut, had the courage to make a tough choice and they had people helping them. It could mean someone might choose to take... Read more »

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"Women won’t succeed if other women don’t support them."

Catherine Garner

“More Than One Seat For Women,” says former CIO.
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“More Than One Seat For Women,” says former CIO.

When I started in university, one of the comments that they made was, ‘Look left and look right, one of the three of you will not make it.’ When I looked left, there were no women in the row. When I looked right, there were no women in the row. The two guys on either... Read more »

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Women can progress faster with support and guidance from other women.

Rita Carney

"I have a duty to pay it forward, to give back to others what I have been given, and to make sure there is a path—hopefully an easier path—for future generations."

Wendi Eriksen

Kavita on mentors and advocates
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Kavita on mentors and advocates

I have been lucky to always have strong women around me, going all the way back to when I attended an all girls school in Trinidad. Even in a somewhat patriarchal society, our teachers challenged us and encouraged us. There was never any thought that we were not as capable as the boys in the... Read more »

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Lesa on finding someone to lean on
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Lesa on finding someone to lean on

I was a non-traditional student. My college experience did not begin until the age of 30. My professional career started in financial services. As my career began, I quickly discovered that without a degree, the opportunities for equal pay and advancements would be limited. My approach has always been to demonstrate the capabilities, qualities and... Read more »

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Building support networks with Sonnet
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Building support networks with Sonnet

"Expand your network because when you need help, you might have to ask multiple people outside your immediate network. I don’t have that problem today—I get everyone’s phone numbers!"

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The importance of mentoring with Faye
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The importance of mentoring with Faye

"I’ve mentored many women throughout my career, and it always surprises me how many of them doubt themselves."

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