Speed Mentoring Works (2014)!
The WISE Speed Mentoring Roundtables was one of my favorite of the events I have attended thus far. It was so refreshing to find out that my peers had the same or similar questions as myself, and that the mentors who assisted each of our tables had real, constructive advice and answers to all of our questions. I would highly recommend this event to other members!
— Abigail Peterson, SMR Mentee NYC '14
I traveled over 100 miles to attend the Speed Mentoring Roundtable event. On my way home, I said to myself, "I'd make this trip every day for the opportunity to hold court with the women I connected with tonight." I am so glad I took the time and decided to participate.
— Adrienne Simpson, SMR Mentee NYC '14
Great way to introduce WISE Within to greater membership, share some wisdom as well as inspire more mentees and mentors.
— Lauren Gordon, SMR Mentee NYC '14
The WISE Speed Mentoring Roundtables event was intimate, insightful and inspiring. I really enjoyed being seated with my peers — at times they asked questions based on their experiences and interests that I hadn't even thought of, adding more depth to the session. I learned a lot from my peers as well as the mentors.
— Ashley Bryant, SMR Mentee DC '14
My experience as a first time mentor at the WISE Speed Mentoring event was an all-around enjoyable and educational experience. Not only did I have the rewarding opportunity to share valuable career insight and experiences with interested and eager participants, but I also received valuable advice and ideas from the mentees regarding my own ever-evolving sports and media business. Preparing for the event gave me the chance to reminisce on my own career, dig up lessons I’ve learned, mistakes I’ve made, and translate those experiences into lessons/insights I could share with others. In addition, I made some very good contacts during the evening with other mentors and mentees. I found it to be a very therapeutic and rewarding experience all around, and would definitely participate again and recommend it to other women.
— Monica Murphy Vargas, SMR Mentor CHI '14
Speed Mentoring provided me with a platform to network with my peers and mentors in the industry. I connected with individuals that have a genuine interest in my transition into the industry.
— Martrice Caldwell, SMR Mentee CHI '14
Participation in the WISE Speed Mentoring Roundtables event as a mentor was a win-win. The audience came prepared with thoughtful questions that resulted in meaningful conversation and I was able to connect with another group of intelligent leaders within the sports industry. Thank you for the opportunity!
— Scott Harding, SMR Mentor CHI '14
Networking at it's finest! A great chance to meet other professional women willing to share their experience. Best $25.00 investment I've made in a long time.
— Tamry L. McCauley, SMR Mentee LA/SD '14
Embrace your strengths.
You have to be your own advocate.
Acknowledge that you're not perfect and be ok with that.
Find someone who does the things you want to do, and learn from losses and gains throughout their career.
Value your skills and experience.
Work/life balance is important to continue climbing the success ladder.
Networking within and outside of the industry is key.
Set boundaries for yourself so you are not overworked and so your work does not suffer.
Follow up with employers, submitting a job application online is simply not enough.
Know your limitations and how to best balance your life.
It is important to network and keep in contact with your connections
Knowing my worth is key.
Talk to your boss in "their" language
You cannot be entitled.
Don't stay in one place — keep options open!
Take the path less traveled — work around sports through a nonprofit or agency.
Move to a new town to raise chances of getting a foot in the door.
Networking is key.
Strong communications is imperative.
Need to continue being passionate about what you do.
It takes time to learn how to balance all the things we would like to do in life but it is always possible.
Skate where the puck is going to be.
Network. Network. Network.
Present myself as a solution.
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Other people are experiencing similar professional hurdles.
If it doesn't feel right it isn't.
Don't be shy to ask for what you want.
Always be professional.
Make friends before you need them.
Networking is serious business.
Sometimes being fired isn't the end of the world.
Don't see yourself as someone's assistant if that's NOT what you want to be.
Patience is valuable in the work world.