Bizwomen Mentoring Monday is an annual event hosted across the nation by 47 Business Journals, including locally by the San Antonio Business Journal, that brings together local women for a one-of-a-kind mentorship experience. The event offers attendees the opportunity to choose from over 40 of the most influential women in the business community for one-on-one speed coaching sessions. In addition, the event is intended to inspire and guide women on how to advance in both their careers and personal lives, while providing the chance to network. For the second year in a row, our CEO Fran Yanity proudly participated as a mentor, providing insights from her 29 years of marketing and communication experience to attendees.
One of the biggest takeaways from the event was the large number of young women in attendance. The women were eager to learn more about business and passionate about embarking on new career paths. Fran offered tips on how to adapt to major life changes that occur during adulthood, how to succeed through adversity and advance in your career. She also provided insight on how to handle performance reviews and showcase your value.
Several of the young women were new moms who inquired about how to maintain a work-life balance and transition back to work after taking time off. In particular, they were interested in new ventures such as starting their own businesses, at-home marketing ideas or other entrepreneurial opportunities that could support the time needed to focus on their families.
Mentors and mentees gather for a photo during Bizwomen Mentoring Monday on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at The Garage at Pearl in San Antonio. Gabe Hernandez © 2020 San Antonio Business Journal. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
Overall, Fran was honored to meet so many ambitious and talented women who were full of potential to become future business leaders. She was captivated by the amount of positive energy in the room. “I enjoy this event because of everyone’s enthusiasm. We share a common goal to learn from each other in a motivating and encouraging environment. It’s an exciting opportunity to coach and support other women while in turn, gaining new insights from them,” said Fran. “I encourage any woman who is looking to grow in their career to attend this event and seek out relationships with other women in the community.”