Considering becoming a mentor? Or applying to Cultivate?
Find out what having a mentor has meant to some of the women we support
Nicola Cloherty | Summer 2016
Cultivation that's lead to courage: Some say that structure is best, but I have to disagree.
I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been partnered with Marianne Elliott - The Zen Peacekeeper.
During the first two weeks of my Cultivate programme my partner and I decided to relocate to Holland, which meant looking at my work situation critically, and forcing me to think about what my next step should be. I was in denial for the first month that I had to leave my beloved Flick, so I procrastinated (as I do so well!) and floated around telling people that I didn’t want a new job, and I might try to do my own thing, but I wasn’t sure. I struggled to commit!
In my heart of hearts, I knew that I should seize this opportunity by doing something different; something of my own. I love marketing-communications and branding and digital, and any opportunity to help small businesses or people flourish - so why not consult? Marianne and I discussed this option, and getting a ‘normal job’ (is there such thing?!). Something deep inside me said, give it a go and try it out - if you fail, you will learn. If you don’t try, you will always wonder.
Marianne’s mentorship has been paramount in helping me find the courage to try something new! She listened to my story, with no judgment; she helped me craft what my work options could look like, should I take either path - working for myself or an organisation; she encouraged me to assess the two objectively and to talk to my partner; and she worked with me to craft my offering.
And now I have to say thanks. Firstly to Jessica and the Trustees for cultivating such a programme that has enriched my life in such a short space of time, and genuinely supporting many sisters with this incredibly valuable programme. And to Marianne, who is not only a mentor, but someone I trust and value wholly. I wouldn’t be putting myself out there if I didn’t have her encouragement, teaching and friendship. Thank you.
Victoria Kershaw | Summer 2016
Why does being mentored by Kate rock?
Over the last couple of years almost everything good in my life has come from Twitter. Joining up for Cultivate mentoring was no different – a friend tagged me into the conversation and said I should sign up.
I was paired up with the brilliant Kate. My first impression was that she was switched on, a brilliant communicator, in control, honest, and full of energy – all the things I wanted to be and more.
Why does being mentored by Kate rock?
1) She is deeply caring and has truly thought hard about how best to connect with me – we can talk about life and business – where ever I am at, I am not afraid to be completely honest with whatever I am feeling.
2) Every meet up is different - from sitting in an office, to
impromptu quiz night participation. This week she is accompanying me to check out Toastmasters.
3) The things I have potential in and want to learn to harness, she already kicks butt at – who better to learn from!
4) She has inspired me to try new things – I now do Improv classes! I was so nervous about starting, but she cheered me on the whole way. I even fell, but got back up (literally)!
5) I have met with her more than once at my most vulnerable, and left feeling inspired to take action and propel myself towards better things.
Kate fills me with energy and excitement about where I am going, not just my career but my life. I feel so lucky she has so graciously given me her time and self so wholeheartedly in this experience.
I cannot recommend signing up to Cultivate enough.
(Did I mention she uses Twitter too? #DreamComeTrue)