It is so important to have mentors to guide you, inspire you, and help you grow in your professional journey. Throughout my career, I have always been fortunate to have several mentors who push me to dream bigger and expect more from myself. Mentors often have a larger vision for us than we have for ourselves, and their confidence in our potential inspires us to reach higher than we could have imagined on our own.
When it comes to finding a mentor, don’t feel that you have to limit yourself to people in your company or your field. Seek to build common ground with anyone whose work you respect and who you would like to learn from. Sometimes, it can be hard to break the ice and take that first step towards forming a relationship with a mentor, but don’t be afraid to reach out. People are often genuinely happy to help you navigate the twists and turns as you develop in your career your career path—after all, they’ve been there. Speaking as someone who has greatly benefited (and still benefits!) from mentorship, being in a position now to give back to a new generation is very rewarding.
Part of my personal mission is to help women (and everyone!) re-imagine Wall Street. My independent wealth management firm, LexION Capital, is not only uniquely client-centric but the only 100% woman-owned firm of its kind. Every day, we work to change the face of finance, and build a better Wall Street for all. One aspect of this goal, for me, is helping to mentor other women in finance. I hope to inspire more women to consider a future in finance and investing.
The positive influence of a mentor is invaluable. It’s a gift that allows people to pay it forward, and believe me when I say that those of us who have established success want to help others do the same.