Monday mornings, for the normal civilian, are usually the most dreaded moments of the upcoming week. Yet, over at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Phoenix, last Monday morning brought together women from all over the valley in an effort to connect business women to the best and the brightest female leaders in the state of Arizona. According to an article on the Phoenix Business Journal’s website, this event was created “as part of a national day of mentoring spearheaded by American City Business Journals’ Bizwomen publication.”
The third annual Mentoring Monday event brought 42 mentors and 100+ mentees into one ballroom, allowing the mentees a chance to pick the brains of the leading professionals that interested them in a speed dating-like manner. Hosted by the Phoenix Business Journal themselves, the mentees were given 7 minutes to speak to a mentor of their choice. Whether these women wanted advice on how to move higher up on the business ladder, how to start their own businesses, or to just ask advice on dealing with with negative co-workers, mentors would happily answer to the best of their ability. Once time was up, the women were asked to move on to their next mentor of choice; even waiting in multiple lines to speak to some of the women there. Facilitating the event were Phoenix Business Journal Publisher Ray Schey, as well as Phoenix Business Journal Editors Ilana Lowery and Mary Johnson.
Before the event began, mentors and mentees alike were offered a small breakfast buffet while they explored the lobby filled with booths and tables representing some of the mentor’s companies. Even before the event began, women were networking left and right in hopes of making long-
lasting connections with each other and their organizations.
Once the doors were opened, the women filtered in and took their seats for a brief opening and introduction presented by the Business Journal. With introductions out of the way, the mentors made their way to their specific tables, and the mentees were free to scope out the mentors they hoped to chat with. The room was a wonderful sight of women helping and supporting other women. Mentees chatted and exchanged cards, mentors and mentees were absorbed deep in conversation, and the room fell into an energized but harmonious pattern for the next two hours.
When the clock struck 9:30am the event came to a close. Even though attendees had to leave the resort’s ballroom, they made sure to continue their conversations out in the lobby. Some women even spent another 15-30 minutes mingling before leaving to go about their day. The event officially ended not with an announcement over a microphone, but with handshakes, hugs, and positive vibes.
Mentoring Monday wasn’t only an event for women to network with each other and pick each other’s brains, but it was an example of the radiant positivity and strength that is created as a result of women supporting each other and building each other up.