Catherine Courage Writes About the Value of Mentors After BlogHer Entrepreneurs '12
We've been watching posts pop up across the blogosphere as attendees of BlogHer Entrepreneurs '12 share their experiences. We want to share some of the inspiration with you and thought that spotlighting Catherine Courage's post would be a great way to kick it off. Catherine, VP of Product Design at Citrix, chose to write about the mentor portion of Day 2 in depth. She not only wrote about the BlogHer Mentor experience but about her own experience in finding a mentor and building a lasting relationship.
Living in Silicon Valley we often take for granted the accessibility of tech mentors like Joe who have many years of experience in the field. The BlogHer conference fosters this opportunity for people across North America. Mentors from top tech companies such as, Google, Electronic Arts, Ernst & Young and Citrix participated. Several mentees commented that they would never have the connections to engage in intimate conversations with such experts if it were not for the BlogHer event. The conference provided the framework so that each mentor and mentee had an hour for a one-on-one intimate discussion. The mentees reported that they received tremendous value from the candid conversations and detailed feedback. One woman I chatted with said that the advice she received was invaluable and that the one hour of real-world experience trumped the business and innovation classes she had taken.
On the flip side, the mentors came away inspired by the wonderful and creative ideas that the entrepreneurial women had brought to the table. I was inspired by the woman I chatted with who had the courage to leave her partner track job at a big five consulting firm to pursue her dream and start a tech blog.
You really should click through and read Catherine's inspiring words. Don't forget to check out the Virtual Conference, which includes all of our liveblogs!
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