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Women Need Coaches A clear benefit of having a coach is learning from the real-life experiences of other women. Women face a number of challenges in their career that men simply don’t encounter. For example, a fast track rising star partner in one of the top audit and professional service firms approached her supervising partner about a challenging situation she encountered. “I took one of our important clients out for dinner last week to discuss further opportunities for expansion of our services and he thought it was a date.” The supervisor thought it was funny and shrugged it off. Not sur-prising … that same fast track executive resigned a year later and she moved to a firm where female partners are coached by other senior female partners.  However, it’s not just the mentees who benefit from coaching. Coaches learn as well, often cultivating and honing a broad range of skills which help their own careers, such as improving coaching, developing better listening skills, and building leadership skills and self-esteem through recognition and validation of their own profes-sional abilities.  So, what’s the solution? I’m trying one ---- it may not be the only solution – but I have strong expectations it will work. At two universities from which I graduated (Southwestern Law School and Pepperdine’s Presidential Key Executive MBA program) I have created endowed scholarships for women with an aptitude for and interest in Strategic Alliances, which was my area of expertise over my three-decade long career. It’s not the money that counts. The real value of these scholar-ships is their focus on coaching and my commitment to each of the awardees to mentor them for the rest of my life. And recipients are not chosen just because of academic excellence. They are evaluated based on their drive, determination, dedication to paying it forward to others --- as well as scholastic prowess. And the final criterion is that they must commit to coach each other and other awardees coming after them. Recipients come from varied industries and stages in their career. Through their own LinkedIn group and quarterly lunches which I host, the women are bonding. They’re not only leveraging my skills and contacts, but each other’s also. “A mentor of coach has the breath and depth of business experience to help you grow your business. A mentor comes from the school of ‘hard knocks,’ and can give you sound advice based on her years of experience. As Segil Scholarship recipient Mehrnaz Hadian, MD, MScCR, FCCM, who is JD Candidate at Southwestern Law School, shares, “I believe women are underrepresented in every aspect of life. We’re not making it to the corner office fast enough and as often as we should.  We need to do what men have been doing for years ---- support each other, make connections, and become invested in each other’s success-ful careers. Having a coach and being connected to successful women gives me hope that we can make a difference for future generations of women to achieve true equality in life.” Mentorship helps women at all stages of their career, as recipient Linda LoRe, CEO of InJoyGobal and former Senior Executive at Proctor and Gamble and former CEO of worldwide brands includ-ing Giorgio Beverly Hills, Avon, and Frederick’s of Hollywood who is an MBA Graduate of Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine, explain. “I was a CEO for 23 years. For me at this point in my career, coaching is not as much about how to do things, but about how and where I can leave a legacy that can make a difference. I believe that regardless of age, we all can learn from each other. I’m in awe of the other women in this group, By listening, talking, sharing, teaching…. I’m eager to take whatever I can from whomever is willing to give it.” As Linda points out, the value of mentorship spans one’s entire career. The reasons every successful woman needs a mentor include: • A mentor or coach will help you define and reach short and long term goals. She will help you explore achievable goals, ask the pointed questions to help you define them, and work with you to create strate-gies and benchmarks to keep you focused on the goal. • A mentor or coach will help you look outside the box. As you grow in your business or career, it is easy to reach a plateau. A good mentor brings a fresh perspective and will help you look at situations in new ways. They will ask hard questions and help you solve problems. This will help you work more efficiently with a clearer view of your goals. • A mentor or coach is a trusted colleague to discuss problems and find solutions.  Through a mentor you gain a sounding board, a true confidante to brainstorm with. 
 • A mentor of coach has the breath and depth of business experience to help you grow your business. A mentor comes from the school of ‘hard knocks,’ and can give you sound advice based on her years of experience.  • A mentor or coach is a learning partner. Mentoring relationships are partnerships where both women learn something. The mentor brings experience, understanding and guidance; the mentee brings ideas and ambitions. It fits neatly into a formula you may recognize. E+MC2 – which instead of referring to Einstein’s theory of Relativity, refers to EXCELLENCE = MONEY plus MENTORING and CONFI-DENCE plus COACHING I encourage others to offer scholarships to women who are ac-companied by the donor’s commitment to coach, mentor, introduce, connect, advise and assist --- and that include the expectation that the winners commit to coach each other over the decades that follow. Just imagine what could be achieved if female mentors, coaches and mentees created a community for each other that lasts a lifetime. Wait a minute…. Isn’t that what the guys do? TEL Larraine Segil is President of The Little Farm Company. Former CEO, serial entrepreneur and globally recognized strategic alliance expert, Larraine now serves on public and private company boards and is a mentor, coach and philanthropist to emerging businesses and their leaders.  Call 310-678-1499 Connect Larraine Segil Technology Enabled Learning excellence presented by HR.com | 01.2015 Submit your Articles 21


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