"I've Never Met a Woman I Couldn't Learn From."
--Stacy Cassio, CEO/Founder
Pink Mentor Network
In February 2017, I initiated a quest to find female mentorship. I wanted to learn from the accomplishments, mistakes, and experiences of the most impactful women in Charlotte.
What I found was women operating at this caliber have a tremendous amount on their plates. They would accept my request to connect, but it was often difficult to get beyond the 15-30 minute introductory call or coffee.
What is Pink Mentor Network?
In April 2017, I hosted the first Mentor Dinner. My goal was to invite these women to dinner and give them a stage, mic, & audience to share their experiences.
Congresswoman Alma Adams, WBTV Sports Reporter Ashley Stroehlein, and Founder of Girls Rock Charlotte & Senior Lecturer at UNCC Kelly Finley were the first women to accept the challenge.
Since then, we have learned from over 50 more influential Charlotte women.
Although the faces & themes change, the impact remains the same. Each women's experience moves the group women in front of them. Something beyond powerful happens in these events. It's as if the audience becomes inspired & empowered by the experiences they hear. And on many nights, the audience members even pick up the mic to share their own experiences.
The programs have expanded to include not only Mentor Dinner, but also Trailblazer's Breakfasts where women sit down with a female C-level executive and learn what it took to get there, and then honor & celebrate her achievements.
Our first trailblazers were Amy Noland Pack & Patty Comer, Principal Partners & Founders for Accrue Partners. Most recently, they hosted a woman they admire Tana Greene, CEO of The Greene Group & Blue Bloodhound.
The Power of the Female Mentorship
I've been asked why female mentorship is important to women. The short answer is until there are more women in leadership, C-level, Board positions, we must highlight & learn from the experiences of those who are.
My career was built by opportunities given to me from folks who saw more in me than I saw in myself. I believe that female mentorship has the power to change & impact women's careers in ways never even imagined.
In fact, I know it to be true because that's how I got here---on the shoulders of many great women who have believed in me & showed me the way.
Stacy Cassio is the Founder & CEO of the Pink Mentor Network. The Pink Mentor Network “Gives Her Career a Head Start” by collecting the experiences, successes, and lessons learned of accomplished women, and delivering them to women & girls who desire exposure, examples, & empowerment.
Today, the network helps thousands of young women who are seeking mentorship.