Mentoring, Pt. 1; or, Words of Wisdom from Katy Wells

katy wells headshotIt’s nearly unimaginable, how much each of us can achieve by focusing our energy and devising a strong strategy. But, you know, there comes an inevitable limit to what we can accomplish alone. In the workplace, it takes a mentor to help us develop our skills and talents to their fullest.

As Corporate VP (Office of CEO, Operations & Alliances) at AMD, Katy Wells has honed her mentoring skills both informally and formally, as executive sponsor for AMD’s Women’s Forum. Katy has just been named one of the year’s “Women Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. To read Katy’s complete profile, click here. For an abbreviated burst of inspiration, here’s an excerpt from her leadership essay:

“What strikes me in reviewing this large collection of essays–and in reflecting on countless conversations about career and family challenges–is that we seem to require repeated reminders of our individual and collective worth and potential. I am as guilty as the rest.

“No more doubt! It starts with you and me. Be and believe in yourself! It seems so simple, but it is worth repeating again and again, because doubt often stands as the major barrier to accomplishing all else, not just early in a career, but even for the most accomplished.

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“Since the beginning of time, women all over the world have contributed in every way possible to families, businesses and society. We are creators and innovators; we are leaders and collaborators; we are daughters, mothers, sisters and friends–and colleagues. Without a doubt, you can achieve great heights in all areas of the economic, political and societal fabric of today’s global network. We need you, and you just need to believe in yourself.”

Next time: Questions for your mentor.

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