Learn All You Can from Your Mentors … then, Pay it Forward
Mentorship is only valuable if you are willing to invest your time and energy into the things that you are passionate about. You only get as much out of it as you put in. For me, it has played an integral role in my career development. Growing up, I was fortunate to have people who were willing to contribute their time, knowledge, and resources to guide me on my journey. From these experiences, I learned firsthand about the power of mentorship and how it can impact individuals in their professional and personal lives.
As co-head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s global Project Development & Finance Group, my schedule keeps me very busy helping clients across many time zones. However, I have always tried to find balance and believe in the importance of carving out time for things that are important to me. Mentorship is one of those things.
It is particularly important for me to be involved in mentorship opportunities for other women in the field. While a lot has changed in recent years, there is still much that needs to be done in helping women advance. Having a network of support has helped me in so many ways, and I think it is time that other women feel like they are not alone and know that they have places to turn. I try not only to focus on opportunities to mentor within my practice, but also look for opportunities to provide mentorship outside my day-to-day. I find that I learn a lot both from my mentors and when providing mentorship to others.
Everyone needs support at some time or another in their personal or professional lives. In the professional context, women should look for opportunities to cultivate a wide range of relationships they can tap into from time to time for professional feedback and support. You never know whose advice or encouragement will prove to be instrumental at different points in your career. Above all, be open to learning as much as you can, and if you have the chance, pay it forward.