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Mentorship Matters: The Journey of Allyse & Rebecca

“Mentorship means sharing knowledge and dedicating yourself to building others up by becoming the person you needed when you were first starting out.”

-Allyse Worland

Happy National Mentoring Month! Every January, we celebrate the incredible impact that mentorship makes on each and every one of us. Mentorship is a tangible, reciprocal relationship, impacting both individuals and helping women see they are not alone on their journeys. Mentorship matters in making a positive impact within our community and beyond. Allyse and Rebecca, both members of the Pass the Torch Community, share their stories of mentorship and how it has benefited their careers and personal lives. Read below to find out more about their mentoring relationship, why mentorship matters to them, and how you can embrace mentorship in your own life!

Allyse Worland, Developing Leader:

How did you first get involved with Pass the Torch for Women Foundation?

Pass the Torch was first brought to my attention by another organization I am a part of, the Indianapolis Propylaeum. PTT has been an amazing source for networking and mentorship, not to mention making me feel absolutely like I belong.

What was the start of your mentoring relationship like? Were you nervous, excited, unsure?

Even from the very beginning, my mentorship relationship with Rebecca was amazing! It was as if I had known her for decades. Right off the bat we bonded and learned from each other. I cherished our mentoring sessions, and I know for certain we will remain in touch for years to come.

What does mentorship mean to you?

Mentorship to me can be described as being the person who opens up the gates to prosperity and success instead of gatekeeping it. [Mentorship means] sharing knowledge and dedicating yourself to building others up by becoming the person you needed when you were first starting out.

What would you share with someone who is hesitant to join a mentoring relationship?

Please do not be hesitant on joining a mentoring relationship. The secret to success is to act, and what better way to follow your dreams than to find others who have achieved them and have them guide you to the next step. Not only will you gain knowledge, but you will also gain a valuable and trustworthy friend.

Rebecca Simon, Volunteer Mentor:

How did you first get involved with Pass the Torch for Women Foundation?

It has been my pleasure to be involved with PTTFW for over six years. I have participated in the program as a Volunteer Mentor in five unique terms throughout this time. My introduction to this amazing opportunity came through networking with the engaging and inspiring women who have previously and currently serve in leadership or board positions.

What was the start of your mentoring relationship like? Were you nervous, excited, unsure?

I entered the mentoring program with enthusiasm and purposefulness. I value every new connection that I encounter and am genuinely curious to learn more! I was blessed and rewarded with five unique mentoring experiences that enriched my professional and personal life.

What does mentorship mean to you?

As someone who has had a cherished mentor in my life throughout my adult career, I consider it a privilege and responsibility to pay that forward. In accepting the invitation to be paired in a PTTFW mentoring relationship, it means that I am agreeing to be vulnerable about sharing my experiences and transparent in offering guidance and advice.

What would you share with someone who is hesitant to join a mentoring relationship?

Embrace the challenge! Recognize the value you can bring to someone else’s journey. It is likely that you will gain more in return than you every imagined.

 

Want to share your story of how mentorship matters in your life on the Pass the Torch for Women blog? Reach out to info@passthetorchforwomen.org to learn more!

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