So, the question is often asked, "Who was your mentor?" The truth is, I have to confess, that coming up in the rough and tumble and very male world of sports television and the business of sports, I really did not have one. There were people who helped me all along the way, you do not rise without the help of many, some good luck and some hard work, but that one mentor, maybe two.... that did not happen until much later in my career.
I suppose that is why I am so deeply committed to being a mentoring resource for so many now. The feelings of isolation, loneliness, and lack of confidence can hold you back, not to mention, waste very precious time. To know that you are not alone, that someone has traveled a path very similar to your own is such a significant gift, and it is one that I am inspired to share, thanks to the great women who formed W.O.M.E.N. In America so many years ago. As we found friendship, support and confidence in spending time with each other, we knew that by sharing the lessons we have learned and the experiences that we have both celebrated and endured, that perhaps we could help elevate a next generation of leaders.
So, here I am, now with many mentors, making up for lost time, and a strong commitment to being a mentor both for young women in our very special WIA program and for teen girls in a program begun five years ago called Generation WOW. A warm hand, and an open heart goes a long way to building confidence and helping all of us elevate to the aspirational selves we want to be.