partnering versus mentoring
Just got home super excited from my first TEDxWomen event of the day. A dozen or so women watched the kick-off session together over coffee in the West Village and chatted afterward about thinking big (and small) and what’s next—for us, our daughters, and others. Most of the women in attendance were a decade or two older than me, and seemingly in a very different place in life: generous salaries or accumulated resources, no student loans. But they had the constraints of motherhood (time, namely). And they expressed feelings similar to many of the 20- and 30-something-year-old women I know: wanting to do something different, something independent, something big. But what?
The conversation got me thinking. There are a lot of mentoring programs linking younger and older women. But what about inter-generational partnerships? What about a business started by a 32-year-old and a 52-year-old? They could tag-team the day, the former attending evening meetings (after work) and the latter taking lunch meetings (while the kids are at school). They’d have the advantage of both youth and wisdom, both Twitter savvy and positive net worth.
Let’s mull this over. In the meantime, the second session is underway… I’ll be live tweeting all day.
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