The SRQ Media Studios buzzed with excitement as we hosted the second SkillSHARE Mentorship Summit this past week where mentors from the Women in Business Leadership Circle and community guest mentors collaborated and exchanged insight and guidance that inspire personal and professional growth with women throughout the Sarasota and Bradenton communities
Above: Dr Cynthia Clark, Gabriele Vest and Lisette Callejas.
The room was filled with eager participants ready to learn and skilled mentors prepared to share their own experiences on the specific topics of challenge submitted by the participants in advance. During four rounds of 20-minute concentrated mini-sessions, the SRQ team paired experienced mentors with participants looking for direction on everything from navigating the ladder to success and managing corporate growth to starting a business and work life balance. Both mentors and participants embraced the atmosphere of candor and support by sharing their thoughts on overcoming obstacles in their professional careers. The conference room transformed into a Reflection Lounge where individuals could mingle, engage in ice-breakers and reflect on the ideas and feedback they received.
Above: The June 16 class of SkillSHARE Summit mentors and participants.
The atmosphere was casual, intimate and filled with laughter and illuminating insights. Mentors and mentees alike shared their delight in learning from each other and the conversations were so engaging that time was extended for this second session to allow for more in-depth exploration. “I hope that my sessions brought light to some of the questions that my mentees had. Each one inspired me and gave me plenty of ‘AHA’ moments,” said mentor and Women in Business Leadership Circle Class of 2016 ambassador Katie Moulton.
Above: Leadership Circle Ambassador and Mentor Joy Randels and a SkillSHARE participant.
The feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. “My goal for the evening was simple: Surround myself with forward thinking women committed to having an impact. This was easily attained. I thank you and your team at SRQ Magazine for bringing SkillSHARE to life. The great group of Mentors assembled who willingly gave of their time and talent to offer insight, advice and counsel was very impressive.” April Speck-Ewer says, “I really enjoyed the evening and applaud your vision for SRQ. I’ve never seen a magazine partner with a community the way SRQ does!”
Above: Leadership Circle Ambassador and Mentor Katie Moulton, guest mentor Lisa Krouse and a SkillSHARE participant.
“The enthusiasm at the event was palpable,” shared participant Frances Bermudez. “It was energizing and inspiring to be in the company of such varied, creative and dynamic women who are not only developing themselves, but the community we live in as well. It was fun. It was fast. It was fabulous!”
The SRQ Media team would like to thank the extraordinary mentors at the event who created innovative conversations and lasting impressions. To all our enthusiastic participants we thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey as you continue to learn and grow throughout the community.
The next SkillSHARE Summit will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 5-7:30pm. To submit your application to participate in the Oct 20 SkillSHARE, please click here to register online or visit us at SRQMAG.COM/skillshare.
Click here for more information on the SRQ Women in Business Initiatives or visit us online at srqhearmeroar.com.
Click here for more photos from the June 16 summit!