Alison here taking over the NCP blog, I’m the executive assistant for NCP and in honor of International Women’s Day, I’d like to talk about something that I feel is very important for everyone, but especially women to be successful in business – a good mentor. A good mentor can make all the difference in one’s career, even if you are a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to “fake it till you make it.” I can honestly say that I have had three strong mentors so far in my professional life. The first was a college professor who really challenged me and helped me land my first “real” job. The second was a supervisor I had at my first “real” job, who pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me realize my potential. The third, and my current mentor, is my boss.
Mark is the founder and CEO of Northwestern Capital Partners and has helped me completely transform my career. If you were to tell me when I graduated from college that I would be assisting a Venture Capitalist I would have thought you were crazy, but thanks to Mark I’ve gotten the chance to learn new things and step out into the business world. A good mentor will be there to support you (whether you work for them or not), help you learn new things, and be a reliable sounding board. They may change as your career does and I urge everyone, especially the women out there, to find a mentor that is genuinely invested in you.