Bigelow Tea’s Cindi Bigelow on Why Your Career is Like a Bottle of Wine

Cindi Bigelow is the president of Bigelow Tea. Bigelow Tea (http://www.bigelowtea.com/) is a family owned company, whose goal is to produce the best cup of tea possible. In this video Cindi talks to NEXT for Women about what we need to succeed. Her belief – we need time. We need time to mature, time to get an education, time to...

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Don’t Wait For A Mentor to Find You – Just Ask And Learn As You Go!

Navigating the world of mentorship can be a mystery. No one denies the value of mentorship but many young women don’t know how to find one. According to LinkedIn, 49% of women 18-29 do not have mentors and just over 50% of all women without a mentor say it’s “because they’ve never found someone appropriate to ask.” Most 40-something women...

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NEXTer interview: Erin Levin

  An award-winning advocate journalist whose experience has ranged from ABC to CNN,  Erin Levin is now the Community and Social Media Manager at Better World Books. She is also a Co-Founder of Atlanta for Acumen that supports the Acumen Fund on a local level.   Q: Your first career was as a journalist at CNN, but we have heard...

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Want a Mentor? Do Your Homework First

A CEO of a software company reaches out to me recently, and asks me to take a 20-minute meeting to review his strategy/execution software. Sounds low-key, right? I put forth a requirement to do the meeting. I also implied he could show me how his software fit into a model. But he said “No, thanks”. And disappeared. I find his...

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The 1-2-3 of Finding a Mentor

Building a relationship with a reliable mentor is crucial to your success. When approaching someone to aid in your professional development keep the following in mind to ensure a productive relationship:       1.  Identify which aspects of your professional life you would like to further develop. Your mentor should possess expertise in your areas of weakness so that...

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To Mentor or Be Mentored?

NEXT for Women recently collaborated with The Women of AT&T to help launch their internal mentoring program and this has us thinking a lot about, well, mentoring! According to Dictionary.com, mentoring is “to serve as  a trusted counselor or teacher, especially in occupational settings.” Certainly, young women can be the recipients  of mentoring – to assist in developing leadership skills,...

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