I am almost complete with my fifth mentee. This last fall semester 2018 and spring semester 2019 I had the privilege of mentoring Elaina Johnson, a senior in business marketing who has a passion for music, artist development and personal growth. She graduates on May 19, 2019. This Sunday.
Her love of human potential, creativity and music brought us together. She had a busy on-campus life using those three passions over the last four years involved with the Aztec Music Group. She served as an executive board member from inception, VP of External Relations for two years, VP of Marketing for one year, and for her final year director of A&R and Professional Development.
Let’s look at her own perspective in how mentoring has paid off for her.
“I requested Marla as my mentor from the program mentor database because I saw her as a successful woman entrepreneur who owns her own business. Exploring her website and learning more about her journey in the entertainment industry and then her transition of growing into your own spotlight was amazing. I saw her experience in business and personal brand development, as well as marketing and public relations would be incredibly valuable to learn from. I also really admired her innovative attitude and the resilience!
There were so many benefits from her mentorship, but here are some highlights.
1) Having someone to encourage me to set goals and hold me accountable for working towards them was priceless. Having a coach encourage you is a huge motivation in doing things and doing them well.
2) Marla shared her experiences with me and was able to use her network to enrich my time with her as my mentor. She agreed to do a zoom conference call with her DJ/MC client Juan Castro of Invisible Touch Events in Orange County. They spoke to the Aztec Music Group, my student organization, about their journeys in the entertainment industry. Hearing from veterans who followed their passion and made them profitable was highly valuable to college students seeking to enter the same industry.
3) Marla invited me to her Creative Roundtable event that she hosted and curated. It was amazing to be in a collaborative environment with creative entrepreneurs who turned their passions into their work. The open discussion of struggles and success was very empowering, and it felt like we all learned from each other that evening. It was a lovely network of people.
4) The mindset and business success tips Marla taught me really supports and encourages the ideas of mindfulness and self-care, which are so important to me.
It was great to hear a professional speak on work life balance, to be real about how it can be a struggle to find balance and what she does to stay consistent. She encouraged me to set boundaries and to respect myself and my time, which in turn teaches people how to respect me.
Marla also helped me define both my personal and career values, and in so also helped me to understand the importance of having a healthy relationship with money. Marla encouraged me to find my tribe and to surround myself with people who embrace their genius talents and live in higher frequencies (high vibe). That was very important to me!
It was a great reminder that people in our lives can help us grow and to learn from those around us. It reminded me that having a mentor like Marla is important and invaluable at any point in life or a career.”
As a proud Mama always is, I can complete this 2018-2019 mentorship with a smile in my heart knowing I am forever more making a difference in the lives of our future women leaders and that is fulfilling to my soul.
Gratitude & Joy,