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 school across the street.
Women often face different situations than men and mentorship provides a safe place to share your concerns and get advice. It is also important to be able to ask for help, as that is not a sign of weakness but of understanding your limits.
Early in my career, I relied on more senior women in my organizations to be my mentors, to help me navigate internal cultures and career paths. I have been lucky to have great male mentors as well—ones that have been willing to advocate for me.