When 21 women come together and share lessons from their life as entrepreneurs, there is power, guidance, true grit, vulnerability, and inspiration with perspectives to guide and support others on their own journey.
Mentors don’t tell us what to do, they open a door and invite us in to a room of possibility. “Have you considered this”; they may ask. “Let me tell you a story”, is often heard from a mentee or protégé.
The truth is, no matter how independent we are, or how strong we may feel, we are not meant to do this life alone.
I have advisors, and I tap into their wisdom often. As much as I love working on my own, and trust my intuition to guide me, I am smart enough to realize I need the input of my trusted advisors to either confirm what I am thinking or doing, or to give me other perspectives. I may not agree with them, and at times I need a purposeful nudge, but I listen and know there are always other ways of viewing and understanding a situation, idea, or avenue.
I am so proud to have brought together 21 amazing women in business to publish the third book in our mentoring series, Mentoring Women Leaders III – Lessons Learned. Each one of these women have a message that has the potential to change lives.
In 2012 I was invited to give a talk on networking to the classroom where Shauna Madsen was teaching a business plan program to 20 new entrepreneurs. I shared my story of Womanition and a young woman in the class began to cry. When I left, I met her on the elevator and asked why she was crying. She told me her story.
She used to run drugs for drug dealers in Edmonton and would take the free magazines from the stands in her local grocery store and wrap the drugs inside. One day she picked up the Womanition magazine and couldn’t bring herself to wrap the drugs inside once she flipped through the pages. On the bus she began reading about each woman; their articles about how they started their business, the difficulties they overcame, their failures and successes.
She was so inspired by what she read; she left her career as a drug runner to start her own, legitimate business. I cried along with her and encouraged her to keep moving forward.
This is the power of mentoring. We may never know the impact we have on another, and as long as we continue to build our businesses, our community and serve for serving sake, we will make a difference, one protégé at a time.
Mentoring Women Leaders III – Lessons Learned is published this month and we will have it for sale at the Biz Brigade on Friday. When you purchase a book, you have the opportunity to join a mentoring session with some of our mentors.
I look forward to seeing you at the BizBrigade.Posted: Friday, July 5th, 1:00pm 2 months ago
“Good evening Dorothy I just wanted to take a moment to get back to you on how Womanition has made a difference in my life. As I’ve shared with you previously I know that my business would not be where it is now if not for Womanition. This next part is between you and I. In my first year in Edmonton (4 years ago) I had 15 clients all year and barely made 15,000. Now only 4 years later I’ve hit six figures with 4 part-time staff and I’m already sitting at 20 clients for 2019. I’m also moving into a new location next week that is a store front with 600 sq ft. I’m so excited. So what made the difference in the past 4 years? Womanition! Trust me when I say everything I needed to know about growing my business I learned by attending Womanition Luncheons and Bizbrigades. Even today I met a new client and she mentioned Dorothy Briggs and Donna Worthington and how wonderful you both had been in supporting a charity event she held. My parents told me growing up that you are known by the company you keep and I believe that is part of the successful formula that is Womanition! I have done business with many members and I collaborate with many of the ladies from Womanition and I love introducing women to the group as well. Because I know what it can do for someone’s business. I have made some wonderful friendships that continue to bloom and enrich my life. Barely a day goes by where I don’t talk to someone who I met through the Womanition Group. When I moved to Edmonton in 2014 I didn’t know anyone! Of course, many of the members of the Senior Solutions Team are women who I met through Womanition and it brings so much credibility to potential clients and members of our team when I can point out so many members in the magazine. I really can’t even express how much being part of Womanition has meant to me. It has changed my life!! Smiles and blessings to you always Dorothy” -Karen Murdock