IWF Members Beth Hirschhorn (of the New York Womens Forum) and Whitney Mortimer (of IWF Northern California) were featured this week in a Forbes article on The EY WABN Mentoring Program.
The program is building a bridge between IWF’s membership of 6,000 prominent women at the apex of their careers and elite female athletes, helping create new career opportunities for highly successful and ambitious women athletes from around the world.
In the article both members reflected on the details of the program and shared some of the advice they offer their mentees:
Put together your story and think about where you want to end up. Without cutting off any opportunities – because life moves and circumstances change – keep yourself open. From all of your connections, a picture might start to emerge of who you are, what is important to you, and what your priorities are. – Beth Hirschhorn, Chief Marketing Officer, Kaplan, Inc.
Surround yourself with good people and a good team. The early years of your career are very formative. The things that I felt that were quite challenging, uncomfortable, or even meaningless in some cases turned out to be the things that were the most valuable to me later on. And I realized how they shaped me in positive ways. – Whitney Mortimer, Chief Marketing Officer, IDEO
Also quoted in the article were two of the WABN Mentees, Katie Smith, 3-time Olympic gold medalist, WNBA assistant coach – New York Liberty and Emily Hughes, Olympic silver medalist in track.
The 2015 cohort is comprised of a diverse group of former Olympians and professional athletes who competed in a breadth of sports such as Taekwondo, Tennis, Figure Skating, Tennis and Wheelchair Racing.