Because We All Need a Little Womentorship

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A member of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame and the mother of two daughters, Betty-Ann Heggie is all too familiar with the daily issues women encounter as they strive to live in two worlds, stepping from the demands of the home to those of the workplace. As a result, Betty-Ann now devotes her time as a speaker, author and mentor to helping women access the opposite energies present in each of them so they will not only survive, but thrive, thus unlocking the secret of their full potential.

After twenty-six years in the corporate world, Betty-Ann answered the call to share her lessons learned at the pink rock of potash with other women. She has devised a new kind of “science” called Gender Physics, which enables women to move smoothly back and forth between their natural compassionate feminine energy, which readily builds relationships and the courageous masculine energy which is not afraid to take a risk.

Today, Betty-Ann spreads her message through her keynote speeches and workshops across North America as well as her own blog! Weekly posts bring readers insight on Gender Physics, Networking and of course Womentorship – how having a mentor can ultimately lead you to achieve success in business and personal endeavors.

I’m so fortunate in that not only do I have a working relationship with Betty-Ann, but I also consider her a friend.  Of course, because she holds the role so well, this relationship is also one of mentor and protege.  I learn from Betty Ann all the time, those “ah-ha!” moments come to me far more often now than they did a year ago, because of her influence.

Together, we created a giveaway for the holidays to accomplish two things:
1) Help someone with their holiday and new year by giving them the opportunity to stock their shelves with books and other items from Chapters (a way of paying homage to the inspiration and knowledge an author can share, like Betty Ann Heggie intends to with her book release next year) and;
2) Help share more about Betty Ann’s philosophy on Gender Physics and Womentorship with my readers.

One of my Canadian readers is going to win a $250 Chapters Gift Card to give you the opportunity to buy books that inspire you, motivate you – and if the kids need a new touch-and-feel book and it helps you keep your sanity – that works too!  This giveaway is about giving you the freedom to explore books and ideas (and mentorship and Betty Ann Heggie!)

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below (it’s easy, I promise!) and look for all the bonus entry options too!  Have fun, and good luck everyone!
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Comments

  1. Scott Robertson says:

    GREAT IDEA

  2. Yes, I did have a mentor a long time ago when I was starting photography. He was very inspiring.
    Thanks.

  3. Anne Taylor says:

    I believe that mentors are priceless. I’ve never had one in my life but I surely wish I had. I also wanted one for my daughter when she was going through a difficult time, but couldn’t find anyone.

  4. i never had a mentor growing up. I could use one now. It’s not too late is it?

  5. Oh my goodness books! Have never had a mentor but I’m in the process of finding one!

  6. I have never had a true mentor but certainly there have been many women over the years that I have looked to for mentorship on different areas of life.

  7. I would love a mentor to help me start a blog!

  8. Victoria Ess says:

    I have had many mentors during my career in academia, but I’d have the say that my mom has always remained a constant mentor in my life.

  9. No, I’ve never had a mentor, but it would have made things a lot easier I’m sure.

  10. I have never had a mentor, but there are definitely times when I would love one.

  11. I would have to say mymom <3.

  12. I’ve always thought it would be neat to have a mentor but I’ve never had.

  13. Mentors are amazing! My mother has always been a Mentor in my life!

  14. …My maternal grandmother was my mentor in many ways but especially in her faith…As a Roman Catholic her faith came first and as a teacher this showed in every way … She never used the strap or humiliated her students…She was firm but loving…What a shining example she set for showing how to live a beautiful life.

  15. I think having a mentor is great. I could use one now!

  16. Kimberlee Pitts says:

    Those who take the time to mentor someone are to be truly admired. They leave lasting impressions in so many lives.

  17. Gail Pickering says:

    I often feel stuck, like not able to move forward. Probably be a good idea for me to start reading motivational books.

  18. What a nice post! :) The closest that I have had to a mentor was one of my professors at the University I got my BA from. She sort of took me under her wing and helped me with getting into graduate school, getting involved with different projects, and receiving awards. I am so grateful for her, and the best part is that she has started working at the university I attend now twice a week, so she has been helping me out with my thesis project! :)

  19. I haven’t had a mentor before

  20. No I’ve never really had a mentor. I’d like to think that my Mom was, but I didn’t really get to know her until after she was gone, not by choice but circumstance, and only then did I discover her true self whom would lead me to aspire to be the woman I want to be.

  21. Carol Denny says:

    No I have never had a mentor.

  22. No, I have never had a mentor, but there are days I wish I did.

  23. I have not had a mentor, but I gain inspiration and guidance from many different friends.

  24. I have a mentor and a friend in 1 and am so fortunate (Bertie). She is only a phone call
    away.

  25. I think it’s a wonderful idea – I have never had a mentor, but I do lean on others for advice and could see how one would be helpful!

  26. I have never had a mentor. Wish I did at certain times in my life though.

  27. My mom is my best mentor. She has taught me many things throughout my life and I’m grateful to have her.

  28. I think that mentorship, both formal and informal, is important. We all need someone to learn from, and to admire. I had a few great mentors when I was finishing high school.

  29. SUMMER PLEWES says:

    I don’t have a mentor, nor have I ever. But I have thought about it. Not being one of course.. but finding someone.

  30. I never had a mentor before , but my little brother did and they are fabulous

  31. I had a mentor but I broke it off last week due to a conflict of interest. Having said that, I know plenty of other woman who have mentors and have great experiences. I just wasn’t one of them :(

  32. I wish I had one… I had lots of people in my life though, who helped me with an advice at some point.

  33. I never had a mentor growing up. However, I am working to become a mentor to girls in our community through the Girl Guide program:)

  34. my mentor right now is my boss. She’s wonderful!

  35. Huguette E. says:

    I guess I would my mother has been my mentor.

  36. i would say my mother as well.

  37. Never had a mentor growing up

  38. There was a man at my work ‘Bill’ who was a mentor to many. Fantastic business sense and compassionate too! Unfortunately ‘Bill’ passed away from cancer a few years ago and is truly missed.

  39. Yes, I did have a mentor when I was starting out in my first job in payroll. Taught me alot..

  40. Mentors are great, I am always looking up to people I admire and strive to be like them

  41. I think mentors are awesome! I am currently a mentor where I work, it’s nice to help out those who are not as experienced as you. I don’t have one now, but it sure would be nice. :-)

  42. Fanterra Fisher says:

    I guess we often have mentors that we don’t think as such. Anyone willing to take the time to teach us something or give us a positive outlook can be called a mentor.

  43. I’ve never had a mentor, but I think the idea is great.

  44. Christine S says:

    No I never had the opportunity to have a mentor ,but I really wished I had. Mentorship is a really awesome concept./

  45. KittyPride says:

    I think having a mentor to guide you along your path would be awesome, but I’ve never had one :(

  46. Candace Evanisky says:

    I think a mentor growing up was my track coach. But I sure could use one now

  47. My Mom was my mentor growing up and did an amazing job. Now she’s still mentoring me now. And I have so many wonderful women in my world. It’s a blessing!

  48. Lee-Ann Sleegers says:

    I think mentorship is very important and I had one when in University as well as some post university studies I did.

  49. My parents are my mentors.

  50. I think mentorship is amazing. I had a mentor when I first started teaching. She didn’t just help me become a better teacher, but she also helped me become a better person. Her door is always open to me, both for work and personally.

  51. I was never part of a mentorship program but do think it would be valuable for both school and career!

  52. I’ve never been part of a mentor program but I think it is a great idea!

  53. It’s important for young women to have a mentor! Mine was my Mom :)

  54. My mom and aunt were/are my mentors. :)

  55. I think a mentor is a very special person in someone’s life. I can’t say I have that right now, but I’m always looking :)

  56. I had a really wonderful youth group leader in my church growing up that was a wonderful mentor

  57. I had a mentor (male) and it was a great help.

  58. i don’t have a mentor at this moment but everyone that i know who does has been so grateful

  59. Suzanne Rogo says:

    I’ve never had a mentor. I think it would be a great benefit

  60. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    I have one (male) and think that having a mentor is so important.

  61. Working with women myself I recognize the value that mentoring brings. (ps. Love the word ‘womentorship’, right on!)

  62. I think mentorship is amazing. Mine was my doctor before she passed.

  63. I think its a great idea but personally never have had one

  64. I have never had a mentor myself but I think they are great for guiding people in the right direction.

  65. I have often thought I’d like a mentor. I certainly have a lot of colleagues I look up to and admire, or even just compare myself to, but a mentor would be a wonderful blessing.

  66. My mentor is my mother. I look up to her and try to do how she does.

  67. I’ve never had a mentor, but I think it’s a good idea.

  68. Yes, we do have mentor and we love them. :)

  69. I have not had a mentor but can really see the value in having one. Hopefully one day I will have one!

  70. Brenda Penton says:

    I had several mentors growing up who were well known persons around my town who put their time and heart into various organizations around my town. A few of them were members of the local Lion’s Club in which I was a member of at the time. I

  71. holly messana says:

    I think everyone should have a mentor. I value what my parents give me, i look to them for everything. they have been the best mentors.

  72. I’m not sure if this would be a mentor or not, but when I was just starting my career, there were only 10 of us women in the field, and hundreds of men. One of these girls was about a year ahead of me, and I thought, “Wow, she’s awesome! If she can do it, then so can I”. I made it!

  73. I look up to my mom and aunts as mentors!

  74. I have several “unoffical” mentors in my life and still do, perhaps include one lady with a fabulous blog

  75. I traded, in-kind, with a business/life coach for a while. She was amazing and it really helped me get priorities in order and sort some stuff out. I learned a lot from her.

  76. I have a really good friend who I can consider my mentor and my mother is as well .. she has always been my mentor while growing up!

  77. Jennifer Barata Allen says:

    I love the idea of mentorship. I have never had a mentor but would love one for photography

  78. I’ve never had a woman mentor, but I think it would really help me.

  79. I had a wonderful College teacher who I would consider a mentor. He passed away two years ago from a heart attack. :(

  80. I’ve never had a mentor but I do believe that it is a great way to bounce around ideas and get advice from a person who has been in your situation(s). Thanks for the great giveaway.

  81. I think having a mentor is important as it helps to have someone to talk to other than family or friends and I do have one now.

  82. Catharine M. says:

    I never had one. I hope that I am one to my daughters

  83. danielle t says:

    i never really had someone that i looked to for advise. hope i that i was that for the kids i cared for and my own children

  84. Yes, I did. She was someone I used to work with (my manager in retail where I worked p/t during school) and was always there for me both professionally and personally. We still keep in touch! Amazing woman.

  85. I have never had a mentor. Seems like I have missed out.

  86. Angela Mitchell says:

    I have never had anyone I would consider a mentor but I wish I did.

  87. I have never been a part of an official mentorship program but there have been women who have taken that role in my life on their own as I have grown. It is great to have an older woman come alongside you to help you out.

  88. Morgan Farris says:

    I never had one, but I think it’s a good idea. Everyone needs someone to help them in life

  89. i’ve considered some teachers in my life mentors, and have often sought them out to take additional classes with their leadership, and it is always hard to leave that behind!

  90. Sunshine G says:

    I would love to be part of a mentorship program – it would be fascinating and helpful!

  91. No, never had one but it sounds good to me to have one.

  92. Yep have had a few in my life and have one now!

  93. I think mentors are important – mine has always been my parents

  94. Claudette Lariviere says:

    The greatest mentor in my life was my Grandpa, I use to tell everyone, My Grandpa can do anything !! He was such a loving, kind, patient man. He loved to laugh, and make you laugh. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He always encouraged me to learn and try new things. He was supportive and we had a wonderful relationship that he was always there for me and taught me so many things, that I know he had a big hand in mentoring me to be many things and to be able to see things from many perspectives. Sadly he passed away when I was 25, and he has been gone for 26 years come Jan. But I know for sure, he gave me so much in his life, that it has carried me through all these years without him. I miss him so very much, but part of him does live on in me, and I have been able to pass many of the thing he gave to me, onto my children. My Grandpa was truly an awesome man and I am so lucky to have been blessed with such an amazing mentor in this life.

  95. As an engineering professional, I have mentored high school girls to stay in the sciences and years later I run into some of my former kids and they have done me proud.

  96. Tracey Flattes says:

    I never had a “mentor” but had an amazing high school teacher that taught me a lot and truly made an impact in my life!

  97. Carolyn Flanagan says:

    I never really had a “mentor” per say but I’d say my mom has always been like one, She showed me how to be strong, and loving. How to face problems with your head held high. And to cope with hardships in life!

  98. I haven’t really thought about it a lot, but I look up to the person who was my “buddy” for my final clinical placement when I was in nursing school. I learned a lot from her! I would consider her to be a mentor.

  99. I would say that there have been a few. Most memorable my friend through high school who was taken from me far too early. She still had amazing work to do :(

  100. Cheryl Grandy says:

    I had a mentor in university. Having someone to share their experience and encourage you to “reach for the stars” is important and can have a lasting effect on your life.

  101. A mentor would have been great

  102. I think mentorship is great…we all need a little guidance

  103. I’ve had a mentor for as long as I can remember, can’t imagine how lost I’d be without her!

  104. I had a teacher who was a mentor for many years!

  105. I’ve never had a mentor really but it sounds like it would be a wonderful experience.

  106. natasha severson says:

    a mentor would be fantastic :) they’re always good to have people to help you ?)

  107. Tanja Paquette says:

    My mentor was a high school teacher, I lost track of him over 20 years ago but I still remember him fondly. Finally, at the age of 40, I have made a career change and gone into supply teaching!

  108. I know it sounds lame but my mentor is my mom when it comes to parenting. All 3 of her kids turned out ok so I’m using what I witnessed when mothering my own!

  109. I can’t say that I’ve every really had a mentor…maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to have one. :)

  110. Have had a few mentors!!! Thankful that they have taught me so much!!!

  111. Ted Kooper says:

    i can’t say i have a mentor. I follow my own path.

  112. Rhonda W G. says:

    Many over the years. Being in and out of hospitals meant some of that but my mother is the best mentor of all!!!

  113. My BFF Val is my mentor and blessed to call her a friend. She is a widow raising two boys and just recently had a stent put in her heart. Selfless, loving woman who would give the shirt off her back for anyone. If fortunate to win – I would gift this. At this moment amidst a divorce with a young son – I have leaned and she has always been there. Thank God for angels amongst us who are indeed TRUE FRIENDS.

  114. My dad was really my mentor. Taught me about being a decent human being and how to live your life. I also have a mentor right now who helps me become more productive and effective with blogging and social media

  115. Belinda McNabb says:

    I never had a mentor but wish that I had. I think it is such a great idea

  116. I think having a mentor is an excellent idea. You always have someone to ask for help and guidance

  117. I would love a mentor right now!! I’m struggling with finding the balance between being a mom and being a wife, with almost zero time or energy left over to just be me.

  118. My other has always been my mentor.

  119. When I was younger, my dad was my mentor

  120. My mentor is my Mom, she has given me so much guidance, when I think of everything that I went through she was there guiding me along, I’m so happy that I listened

  121. My sisters were great mentors and helped to guide me when I was little, while my mom had to take care of our sick brother. I learned A LOT from my mom too!!

  122. When I first entered the work force, I was fortunate enough to have a mentor.

  123. my mentor has been my mom

  124. I’ve never had a mentor. My husband has one for his master’s degree though and it’s very helpful

  125. I didn’t have a mentor growing up but as adult one of my bosses has been a great mentor, now I wish I had one when I was younger!

  126. My mom is my mentor!

  127. I would love to have had a mentor. You truly are lucky and blessed to have such a wonderful one.

  128. Christine O'Connor says:

    my daughter did catholic leadership her 4 yrs in school and she was a peer mentor to one girl through the 4 yrs I feel she made a difference in the girls life. It effected my daughter she is in her 2nd year at university for social work

  129. I had one for career development some time ago. Not now.

  130. Florence C says:

    I haven’t have a mentor but i love reading.

  131. I am not sure if i had a mentor growing up and even today i do not have one.

    silverneon2000 at yahoo dot com

  132. no, do not have a mentor, past or present

  133. I have had a few mentors over the years but I would have to say my #1 is my Dad. Love to read too :)

  134. I think the idea of mentorship is great! Learning from others — via their mistakes and experiences — means tapping into a wealth of knowledge that is both powerful and valuable. While I have never officially had any mentors, I’m grateful that I have been able to learn different things from the people in my life and those that I have crossed paths with.

  135. my idea of mentorship is somewhat different. I am trying to get into medical school and my mentor is one of my profs whom i do research with and I feel like he is my mentor in a way.

  136. I’ve mentored 2 young adullts at my place of work for 9month terms, was really Rewarding teaching and learning things through them!

  137. I dont think I had a mentor growing up. However, I think I am a mentor for my kids.

  138. Lisa McLain says:

    my mo was my mentor

  139. nathania h says:

    My father, and my teachers I would have to say!

  140. My parents are my mentors. =)

  141. I don’t have a mentor, but I love talking to those who are older than me and taking their advice.

  142. I have never had a mentor but imagine that support would be incredible

  143. i did have a few growing up..and i certainlu=y have a few role models i amire now

  144. I’ve never had a mentor from say a mentoring program but I consider my parents to be my mentors.
    I think the idea of mentorships is a wonderful idea!

  145. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I think there are a lot of children that need a mentor

  146. I can’t say I have had a true mentor but in every job I have had I try to find someone I admire and respect to emulate and learn from.

  147. Arjun Rudra says:

    Never had a mentor but always wanted one. Not really sure how to go up to a stranger and ask them to be my mentor.

  148. Amy Menzies says:

    I think mentors are important. I have several.. Each have different strengths to offer.

  149. I have never had a mentor but how great would that be?

  150. I have never had a mentor but I think mentorship is good.

  151. A good friend of mine from work has been mentoring me career wise. I would love to have a life mentor!

  152. Karry Knisley says:

    I have never had a mentor. I think mentoring is a great idea.

  153. I had a mentor when first entering my career, and while I think it is a great idea, both mentor and mentee have to be very dedicated – it is too easy to let life get in the way and reduce the amount of benefit you get out of the relationship.

  154. I never had a mentor, there was an opportunity when I was in university and I turned it down, and I’ve regretted it ever since. If I had the opportunity again, I would go for it, and I would recommend my kids do it.

  155. Tammy Dalley says:

    I have never had a mentor, sounds like a nice idea though!

  156. Melanie B says:

    I’ve never had a mentor..

  157. I never had a mentor but I think it would have helped me tons

  158. I haven’t had a mentor, but would like one to help me out

  159. I had a couple teachers mentor me in various ways. One in high school who taught me about social justice and standing up to people. Another in university took time to teach how to write a proper essay. I am always grateful for mentors- they have a lot to teach.

  160. Adriana Fitzgerald says:

    I have never had a mentor but wouldn’t mind having one to help me out with a few things in life

  161. Valerie Godin says:

    I have never had a mentor. I think mentoring is a great idea.

  162. I never had a mentor but think it’s a great idea to help get someone on their personal path greatness. More importantly, to help them stay on that path when it gets rocky.

  163. My academic mentor in university really inspired me to finish my degree

  164. I had a teacher in highschool who was a huge mentor to me… I swear she was the only reason I was able to get through my senior year!

  165. I think mentoring is great. I’ve never really had an official mentor, or now, though.

  166. yes i have had various wonderful mentors throughout my life. mostly older women who have given me advice and encouragement. i hope i can do the same with younger girls

  167. My sister in law was my mentor at one point in getting a small side business off to a start!

  168. I don’t have one but I think it’s a great idea.

  169. Yes womentorship is so very important! We women should stick together more & lift each other up more!

  170. I have never had a mentor, but I think everyone should have one…or several!

  171. I have never been in an industry with mentors, but I believe they are a valuable resource.

  172. Have many women that I look up to and respect, can’t say I would consider any one of them to be my “mentor” though!

  173. Katrina V says:

    I’ve never had a work mentor, but had a woman mentor me when I was in high school and right through college. It was nice to have wisdom being spoken into my life!

  174. Never had a mentor and always wished that had been an option. Wonderful opportunity for both the givers and receivers of invaluable career experience and advice!

  175. Mentorship helped me launch my career!

  176. Josephine says:

    My mentor will always be my grandmother – she has led such a full life, I love hearing all her stories and getting her advice

  177. Mine was my grandmother. I love what she taught me.

  178. Michelle B says:

    I have never had a mentor.

  179. I’ve never had a mentor, but I think they’re a great idea.

  180. Heidi Watts says:

    I had a mentor years ago through work but wish i had one now….

  181. I haven’t personally been a mentor to someone other than my children…but my wife’s job is to match youth living with developmental disabilities to mentors in the community that could share their knowledge of the pair’s common interest. I’ve seen alot of good people put alot of hard energy into other people and into their community in general.

  182. Can’t say i’ve ever had a mentor but i have had people in my life who have helped me through difficult times by giving me good advice.

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  183. I would love to have a business mentor, I have a few ideas that I know would do well, but its those small things that are total road-blocks for me. I would in turn pay-it-forward and mentor a dreamer.

  184. i dont have one but would love one, had heard great things

  185. What do I think about mentorship? I think that it’s great to have the RIGHT kind of mentor. Somebody that can lead you well in a particular field. I think through mentorship especially, individuals can gain insight into experiences not yet experienced by the individual, and that can add on to the individuals knowledge and thus help him/her in the future in the particular field. This, I think is a great factor of mentorship. I have never had a mentor. Does Jesus count as one in this case? Lol. I am a Christian and I think that Jesus is a mentor in more ways than one (taught how to deal with different areas of life etc.). Aside from Him, no I haven’t had a mentor.

  186. I had a mentor in one of my first jobs out of university. It was great to have her support and be able to bounce ideas off of her.
    rafflecopter name: Lisa K

  187. i have never had a mentor but i think it’s a great idea

  188. Everyone should have a mentor.

  189. I think that mentorship is unfortunately become less common-but a key to so many people’s success! I would love to have one!

  190. janice montroy says:

    I had a neighbour who mentored me through a very difficult divorce and even though I moved away she continues to mentor me.

  191. I’ve had lots of mentors starting with my parents and continuing with friends and family. Recently opening a business my bank advised me to get five different mentors and that’s been amazingly helpful. Because I’ve found mentorship so valuable, I try to make myself available to my staff person and student volunteers. If they’re open to learning something new, I’m open to sharing.

  192. I think there are many different types of mentors. People that I connect with on a daily basis…that I look up to and upon for advice.

  193. I never had a mentor but think they’re awesome!

  194. i have never had a mentor

  195. Deb Dorrington says:

    I have never had a mentor as such in my life but my Grandmother was the absolute best “Life Teacher” I could ever have wanted. She mentored me on so many things in life that no matter what I always knew I could go to her for the best advice ever.

  196. Don’t have one but I would love one that comes along with a manual for raising children :)

  197. I have never really had a mentor but I wish I did so, as a senior administrator I have really enjoyed taking on that roll myself, mentoring young professionals.

  198. I had a mentor in College. I think Mentorship is an amazing opportunity to help and to learn. I wish there was more opportunities for it.

  199. I have never had a mentor before but I do think it’s an awesome idea, especially for the young ones!

  200. Sounds great!!

  201. i had a mentor at work when i first started my career – however, she was ‘assigned’ to me and it was not a good fit at all. i think mentorship is great and can be very beneficial – but it really takes a sincere interest on both sides for it to be of value.

  202. Denise rennie says:

    I find that many of my Fellow Teachers have been my mentor over the years. I have learned many things from them no matter what school I have taught at.

  203. Alot of people really benefit from mentors. I have never had one… but wonder if I did how much different my life might be.

  204. Christine Galley says:

    Would love to win this and do some shopping :)

  205. Megan Willis says:

    Never personally. But wish I did.

  206. Great gift!

  207. Margo Boult says:

    This would be awesome to win, especially at this time of year, but anytime would be great!!

  208. My mentor is my boss, she taught me everything I know and now I am #8 in sales in the entire company!

  209. I miss having a mentor :( I’ve had a couple in my life and it makes all the difference in life! I’m thankful for my mom and the mentoring she does but I miss having a non-family member mentor who sees things from the outside

  210. I had 2 business teachers that I would say were mentors and I had a career coach at one point. Don’t have any mentors now but something I should really think about!

  211. Patricia Rosendahl says:

    Books are great at any time of year!

  212. Although it was second hand – Oprah has been my mentor – I love her Life Lessons!

  213. My mentor was my ex colleague at work taught me how to approach my job a certain way and opened my eyes to new possibilities. Encouraged me to start a business and since then its going (not thriving but its a start!)

  214. Mentorship is so important! I have had several mentors and would like to feel that I am encouraging my students and my own children the same way they encouraged, helped and inspired me.

  215. I had a mentor when I started my career

  216. Sadly, I’ve never been lucky enough to have a mentor

  217. I’ve never had a mentor and I really wish I had because I think as women start out in their adult life they can use the support of other women.

  218. Yup – I had a mentor and learned so much from her. I’m thankful that I was able to work with her for many years before she retired.

  219. I never had a mentor but I think they can truly change a personès life and successes in life. Not everyone needs to reinvent the wheel on everything. Guidance and sharing life and career experience and knowledge gives support confidence and guidence. Think this is the way to change he world for the better.

  220. I have had a few mentors in my career.

  221. Jennifer L. says:

    I don’t have a mentor. I often wish I did.

  222. I work with so many mentors as a nurse that it’s incredible the great ideas I get from each and every one of them

  223. sandra mitchell says:

    I have had a few mentors in my life and they have made a tremendous difference.

  224. We moved around a lot growing up so never had a mentor. But my husband and I and our 2 grown up kids sure do love to read! We now have a little grandson and his mommy and daddy always read to him already (he’s only 8 weeks old)

  225. not really – is that a bad thing?

  226. I didn’t have a mentor, and I think I could have used one! Books–those were my mentors.

  227. No I don’t and haven’t

  228. No I have never had a mentor.

  229. I’ve had several career mentors in unofficial capacities. None right now as I’m on maternity leave.

  230. Julie bolduc says:

    no never did

  231. I never had a mentor but I wish I diid.

  232. I sort of did. Lots of women/friends that I looked up to, and a couple that I met with weekly to talk about our life and struggles. It was great.

  233. Some awesome girl from church:)

  234. I’ve never had a career mentor. It’s something I’ve been interested in, but never seem to be able to get everything lined up.

  235. I always look up to my best friend and colleague to always reach for something that you wanted to achieve and never give up.

  236. I’ve never had a mentor. Would love to have one though!

  237. Kristi Renout says:

    Nope, not really.

  238. does my mom count- i’d say she’s my mentor!

  239. My Mom passed when I was 11, but my Aunt did her best to help…what a lady!

  240. InezbyDesign says:

    I have not had a mentor, but can certainly see the worth of one.

  241. I have lots of online mentors and my mom has always been one for me.

  242. Crystal Inwood says:

    I have never had a mentor, but my husband has and he benefited from it greatly!

  243. Jennifer C. says:

    I did not have a mentor (nor do I have one now). I think it can be a good idea, if you find the right match for you (and at the right point in your life).

  244. When I began my career I was blessed with two very wonderful bosses, one turned out to be a mentor and helped me climb the ladder. We’re still in touch today, but I sure miss working for her.

  245. I have had a few mentors throughout my career that I valued greatly and still keep in contact with. It takes a special person to make the time to be a mentor and to provide valuable feedback.

  246. I always considered my Mom my mentor!

  247. My dad is my mentor, I don’t think its necessary that women look only to other women as possible mentors, just whoever fits the bill!

  248. DALLAS DAIGLE says:

    I never did but I really get the value of having them!

  249. My mom is my mentor she tought me everything i know.

  250. I spend that and more on books for my kids, would be awesome to have!

  251. I used to mentor kids through Big Brothers Big Sisters. I think it’s super important and gives kids some much needed guidance.

  252. We mentor people at work daily and take the new hires under our wing. I think it’s very important.

  253. I’ve never had a mentor but I think it would have helped me along the way.

  254. Mentors are important in many aspects of life0. I love being a mentor for Big Sisters!

  255. My mom was my mentor. Unfortunately I didn’t realize it until years had passed after she passed away.

  256. my mom has always been my mentor, my biggest fan and my hero !

  257. Christy Martin says:

    I have never had a mentor. I wish I had!

  258. we are forever being a mentor to our children

  259. I don’t have a “mentor” but I have a lot of women who inspire me.

  260. Jamie Forrest says:

    Thank you for this post and giveaway. 12 years into my career as a teacher, I have always felt it important to mentor new teachers about balance. Last year, I became a mom, and I have turned to others for mentorship in balancing this new and wonderful challenge.

  261. My husband and I both work with kids – mentorship is incredibly important!

  262. Marlene Unruh says:

    I see the work my grandsons mentor has given him, just wonderful.

  263. i never had a mentor but i think its a great idea

  264. Mentorship has been so key in my life. There are a handful of women that have guided me through some difficult things, and I treasure them.

  265. My parents were my mentor’s. I’ve been a mentor for many years to my own children, all my neighborhood children, Big brother’s and Big Sisters, Community Club house and in everyday life. I try and always set a good example for our youth, for they are our future. <3

  266. An older lady at my church mentored me as a child and now I mentor my foster babies parents whenever I am abe to.

  267. Harvinderks says:

    I never had a mentor, but I sure wish I did especially in my younger years! I hope to be able to mentor my own daughter as she gets older.

  268. My mom was/is the strongest woman I know.I am sure I could write a book of all of the things she has taught me.

  269. I didn’t have a mentor when I was growing up, but I wish did. I wonder how thing would be different if I had a mentor when I was growing up.

  270. mentorship is vital in my opinion, only wish I had a mentor growing up

  271. Haylie Langwald says:

    I have never had a mentor, I don’t think I know anyone who has had one, or who has one now. It’s a topic I sorely lack knowledge in.

  272. I was a mentor for young girls with bbbs and believe its so important to have a role model who is positive and healthy.

  273. I thought i posted but don’t see it… I have had a few different mentors. My mother, from the beginning. A high school teacher who taught me about global injustice and inequality and a university professor who taught me to write a proper essay.. I hope to have more mentors of various ages- there is a lot to learn from others.

  274. Always wished I had a mentor, someone to help guide you through life’s tough decisions.

  275. I’ve had a few fabulous mentors in the form of women family members, the most significant of whom was my Grandmother.

  276. I didn’t have a mentor growing up, I wish I had though.

  277. I’ve never had a mentor but could have really used one in my late teens when I became a parent!

  278. Never had a mentor but I know it looks like it can help!

  279. no i never had a mentor

  280. I had one my first teaching year made all the difference!

  281. Never had a mentor but i admire Dalaï Lama a lot!

  282. I think mentorship is amazing. Very worthwhile.

  283. I try to be a positive mentor to my children, just as my parents were for me. The proper guidance is crucial.

  284. My math teacher in high school was a great mentor. She made everyone in her class enjoy math :)

  285. Kimberly Dougherty says:

    No but it sounds interesting…..

  286. brandi gauvin says:

    we do mentoring work, always good to have someone available for help

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