Did you know that female-founded start-ups generate more revenue over time and more revenue per dollar invested than male-founded start-ups? This is one of the many reasons why GSUSA teamed up with American City Business Journals to connect girls with female business leaders for a Mentoring Monday event. Thousands of female leaders attended events in 43 markets around the United States, where they had the opportunity to learn and network with influential women in business.
Mentoring Monday took place on February 24th, 2020, and our local event was hosted by the Triangle Business Journal in Cary. Gold Award Girl Scouts had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with female leaders from companies like BASF, Duke Energy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Fidelity Investments. Two of our own staff members, CEO Lisa Jones and COO Cindy Kelley-Deaton, were also mentors at the event, along with our Board members Kristen Hess and Kacie Fore and incoming Board member Cheryl Parquet… and not to mention many Girl Scout alumnae!
“I learned so many amazing things today at Mentoring Monday – namely, how you shouldn’t be afraid to go after what you want and how to find the courage to create your own, unique career path!” said Caraline M., recent Girl Scout alumna and UNC Greensboro freshman. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize how important mentorship is– it’s instrumental to reaching your goals. The knowledge you get from listening to others about their experiences will help you to reach your destination so much easier.”
Mentoring Monday opened with a panel discussion of four of the mentors, including Lisa! Check out some of our biggest takeaways below.
“Always be your true, authentic self.” -Patrice Andrews, Morrisville Police Department
“Don’t be afraid of the word ‘leader'” -Lisa Jones, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines
“Pay attention. The doors are open!” -Shelley McPhatter, BridgePoint General Contracting
“Be an entrepreneur and build your own personal brand.” -Gretta Nance, Ameilia Aesthetics
“Take the seat at the table.” -Lisa Jones
“Your voice is your greatest strength. Speak up when you know something is incorrect!” -Patrice Andrews
“Always keep learning. Bring a new idea to the table every morning.” -Gretta Nance
“It is okay to fail.” -Lisa Jones, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines
Who is your go-to mentor, Girl Scout? Leave a comment below and learn more about Mentoring Monday by visiting our website!