Mentor Meetup Wrap Up
Last night, we held our first event at our newest location, One Press Place. We continually preach the importance of mentors and last night was the beginning of strengthening our mentor network in Athens. At our first Mentor Meetup we assembled a panel of three mentors, a moderator and two entrepreneurs to talk about their experiences as mentors, with mentors and how to get involved.
The conversation was informative, free flowing and moderated by Kelly Storm of Blackbox Operations. Our wonderful mentor panel consisted of Jacqui Chew, Paul Freet and Paul Valcheff. Jan Burkins, founder of Literacyhead and Chris Bell, founder of wagglez, provided the entrepreneurial perspective.
The panel began with a high level overview of the expectations of a mentor, the approaches to mentoring and the difference between a mentor, advisor and consultant. There was lots of debate on the amount of time, level of contact and time commitment required of a mentor. Other interesting topics surrounded what mentors should discuss (anything they were skilled or comfortable with), their required level of expertise (no more than a willingness to help) and the evolving nature of mentor relationships.
Becoming a mentor is a highly personal and self-directed mission. It can’t be foisted upon you by an outside force.