My Clients’ Mentoring Journey
STEP 1: Know yourself.
Result: Self-awareness, self-confidence, clarity of vision/values/purpose/mission, healthy boundaries.
STEP 2: Find the right mentor.
Result: A healthy, effective, and mutually beneficial mentoring relationship.
STEP 3: Create, execute, and evaluate a plan.
Result: A transformation from your current reality to your desired future.
VIRGINIA McGOWAN PhD
I guide solopreneurs to find and work with the right mentor to build a healthy, effective mentoring relationship so they can rise to new heights and realize their true potential together.
Why I Do This
I had amazing mentors during my early years, people who helped me develop as a person and a professional. In turn, I’ve spent my professional life mentoring others. As I began a new career as an entrepreneur, it made sense that I look for mentors to help me carve a new path. The day came, however, when it was time to pay it forward.
My Qualifications as a Mentoring Expert
As a business owner/solopreneur, I became deeply interested in the challenges of business ownership and the potential for mentoring to support personal and professional transformation.
I joined, as a mentor, the business mentoring programs offered by the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. I’m actively mentoring women in business across the world.
I became a certified mentoring program manager.
I’m a subject matter expert on mentoring. I research, design, implement, and evaluate business mentoring programs; speak to clubs and organizations; write articles, book chapters, and books; and create online learning opportunities.
Learn More About My Mentoring Experiences and How I Can Help You
I recently co-authored a book chapter in an Island Studies Press book about building community resilience.*This chapter describes the experience of researching, developing, and implementing a business mentoring program in the community and the incredible impact such a program can have. I’ve also written for provincial employment news outlets about mentoring and why it’s an essential experience for solopreneurs.
I’m excited by what I’ve seen and experienced. Mentoring is a powerful and critical tool for success IF it is entered into and pursued in the right way: as a journey of personal and professional development and transformation. So excited, that I’ve authored the first in a series of books on mentoring for the solopreneur, accompanied by Top TIPS eBooks and workbooks in the style of planners/journals, workshops, and online courses.
I hope these books, information products, and other resources will help you with your mentoring journey. If you are looking for a design or evaluation for a mentoring program in your community, I can help with that too.
Let me help you! Read my books, sign up for my online courses (coming soon), invite me to speak to your group or meeting, or contact me about training workshops and consulting on mentoring program design and evaluation.
Go ahead. Change your world!
*(McGowan, V., and Hannah Bell. “Helping Women Get on TRACK: Building Resiliency Through a Business Mentoring Program for Women Entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island.” In From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience, edited by Laurie Brinklow and Ryan Gibson, 132-160. Charlottetown, PEI: University of Prince Edward Island, Island Studies Press, 2017.) (TRACK: Transformed, Renewed, Activated, Connected, Knowledgeable)
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