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6/24/2014 | MILESTONE: Ladies America Mentorship Pilot Program Wraps Tonight!

From the Founder of Ladies America: For those of you who know me pretty well, you also know I am a “head-in-the-clouds” type of dreamer — with ideas religiously popping into my head. Founder of Ladies America, Lindsey MaskThe challenge for someone like me is desperately wanting to see everything come to life, but not always knowing how or having time. BUT, then there is today — which feels monumental to me – and it has EVERYTHING to do with an incredible team of women within Ladies DC / Ladies America. Tonight, in a banner year for Ladies America, Ladies DC is hosting and celebrating our Mentorship Pilot Program Graduation!!

mentorship I cannot possibly describe the years and effort that have gone into seeing tonight’s close of the Mentorship Pilot, but it almost overwhelming to recognize that this shared dream of ours for Ladies America is coming true! This is not your average mentorship program. It is a scalable, technology-based, proven model developed by MET Community, which focuses on the mentor / mentee relationship and on actual, tangible results. To be clear, in this scenario, I did but one thing — I dreamed it could happen — but it is only because of the incredible, incredible team of leading women in and supporting our organization that today’s mentorship milestone has been made possible, beginning with Yanire Braña, Jean Schindler, and Megan Caldwell. (I need help listing everyone else involved!). While I did serve as a mentor – and will continue to do so, I have tears of JOY welling up inside of me as I think of the amazing women who have built and executed this program. And, as a dreamer will do — I now also have a vision for where this will take us next and the women we will reach! A heartfelt thank you to the Mentorship Committee for beautifully illustrating our motto, “Women Helping Women.” While difficult to explain, this might be one of the happiest days in my life. I can’t wait to celebrate our mentees with everyone this evening, including mine, one of whom has humbled me with her article and personal experience of the pilot program. Thank you Alessandra.

You can read the article here.

Finally, please JOIN US tonight if you can.

Event info: http://bit.ly/1nD82HK

To learn more about our Mentorship Program, please email info@ladiesamerica.com

Alessandra Colia
Pilot Program Mentee
10/23/2013 | The Value of Failure

One thing that is noticeable about Washington, D.C. metro area culture that is different from the rest of the country is that many people here are completely unfamiliar with the value or normalcy of failure. What this blogger means is that many people in the area are here because they worked on a ‘winning’ political campaign, work for a group that has it together, have inside connections or work for the government. (Notably, government jobs have great stability and are only in peril when the President and Congress get in a power struggle.)

This creates an atmosphere where people tend to take less risks and also are more judgmental when they see failure in business or otherwise. It’s a real drawback culturally – because in other cities like New York, Los Angeles, Boston or even Austin people quite simply CANNOT be successful without taking risks. To be successful in business, you have to take risks, be rejected and FAIL on the way to success.

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In fact, failure is the first step to success, many companies don’t want to hire people for executive positions who’ve never tried and failed. Why? Well, failure teaches people what not to do in the future sometimes bitterly, sometimes easily, but we all learn from mistakes. And of course there are some events which are not failures but actually catastrophes which are different.

Nothing ventured – nothing gained. You have no shot of winning the girl if you don’t ask her out and you have no shot at a great job if you don’t apply. And you will not have your own business if you never start one. There are a lot of reasons for failure too and they are not all within everyone’s control. It’s complex, but that is life.

It’s better to surround yourself with other people who have an entrepreneurial spirit that says failure is ok and good – it is part of life. And it is wise to avoid people who do not understand or ridicule failure because they have never really tried anything in life or haven’t taken their turn at failure.

Today, this blogger sees failure as a great thing in the larger process especially as so many fields and companies are going through disruptive innovation. You can be afraid or you can view it as a sign of growth.

Deborah K. Corey is a marketing and communications specialist, published writer as well as blogger in the Washington, DC area. You can follow her on Twitter @dkcorey. She is a member of Ladies America.

Deborah K. Corey
Ladies America Member
9/13/2013 | Thank you! – A recap from NYU-DC campus event “Media Careers in Washington”

This week NYU – DC campus hosted one of their ongoing dialogue talks, highlighting the theme “Media Careers in Washington”. Panelists included Lars Schmidt from NPR, and Elizabeth Gunzel from APCO Worldwide, both talent acquisition experts, and media specialist Paul Kontonis. Each panelist shared their insights on media and networking.

The biggest takeaways from the evening were tips on networking and using social media for business. Much of the discussion dove into building one’s “digital footprint.” How new grads can use tools like Twitter and LinkedIn to develop your self-brand and highlight your social media chops. Elizabeth stressed the importance of LinkedIn and leveraging your network; keep in touch, connect regularly, and always look to give back. As many of you know, in DC your network is often the key to landing a job. It is fundamental to new grads and business owners to build a solid network and digital footprint. Lars added “When I hire you, I hire your network.”

Social media is an integral part to the communications world today. Paul, an expert on all things media related from video to Twitter, shared how social media is essential to building a network of colleagues with similar interests and developing media skills. Paul’s advice for new grads forging through their early days of discovery is to gather skills that are “transferable” to any industry, making you a valuable asset. Lars shared that recruiters are looking for passionate people in social media that are both “fluent and curious”.

I personally found this dialogue to be especially useful as a recent grad and business owner. The panelists’ advice helped me to see what I am doing right and where I can improve both in my networking and promoting my business through social media. Going forward I look to master various social media channels, post regularly, and build a network of lifelong connections.

Ladies America was so kind to forward the event, always looking to empower women and entrepreneurs. NYU Dialogue thank you for all the tools!

Monique Smaby
Ladies America National Outreach Committee
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