A Mentor Moment

By Edittress | A weekly digest of mentoring lessons learned, survival tips, and encouragement. Designed for the modern workplace. And visit edittress.com to find, message, and book 1-on-1 video chats with a mentor in minutes.

How To Cope With Waiting For Change

Whether it’s for a new job or that perfect partner, patience is both something that’s easy to loathe and hard to practice. It’s the boiled broccoli …

Inspired By: Elizabeth Blackwell

My hope rises when I find that the inner heart of a human being may remain pure, notwithstanding some corruption of the outer coverings.For what is …

How To Choose and Develop A Theme This New Year

A few days after the new year I felt a palpable weight. And, no, not necessarily from the extra holiday pie. I found myself double-backing on certain …

Inspired By: Gloria Steinem

Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.Anger is energizing. The opposite of anger is depression, …

Going With The Flow When The Going Gets Tough

This week we tackle a reader request about going with the flow:“It’s easy when the current of productivity is strong, though when the waves are …

Inspired By: Maria Montessori

Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for …

5 Simple & Smart Goals To Live Your Best Life

Enticing headline, right? I have received these 5 nuggets of advice so many times and have since parlayed the same over and over again to mentees…I …

Inspired By: Katharine Hepburn

Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final …

Time Management Hacks For Everyday Work & Life

Something about the end of the year pulls me in every direction. There is always the baseline anxiety of building a startup sprinkled with the added …

Inspired By: Susan B. Anthony

Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your …

3 Steps To Appreciate Others This Holiday Season

Expressing gratitude is an art worth practicing at home and in the office. It’s easy with people we already care about and enjoy working with. I …

Inspired By: Audre Lorde

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for …

Need A New Career? 5 Tips For Breaking Into A Different Industry

I have a lot of gratitude for spending nearly a decade working inside the entertainment industry. From intern to senior vice president, I saw it all. …

Inspired By: Audrey Hepburn

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and …

How To Avoid Overpromising At Work

There can be a big gap between who we are and who we think we are. I believe this is the root of overpromising. It’s incredibly stressful on two …

Top 10 Hipster Words That Your Baby Boomer Co-worker Doesn’t Understand

Part of the thesis for online mentorship is encouraging more inter-generational conversations. While high-minded, we acknowledge that there could be …

Inspired By: Molly Ivins

The first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging.The thing is this: You got to have fun while you’re fightin’ for freedom, ’cause you don’t …

Stress Management Techniques For Building Resilience

Nobody likes to be judged, but we do it all the time. One of my business school classmates was and still stands tall at 5 feet. He carries around a …

High School Basketball

Your Voice Is More Exciting Than The Voice

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan civic organization founded in 1920 in order to support women suffrage rights.“The League began as a …

Inspired By: Marianne Moore

Your thorns are the best part of you.Psychology which explains everything explains nothing, and we are still in doubt.The cure for loneliness is …

How To Be Heard When No One Is Listening

A common complaint I’ve been hearing lately among mentees is the feeling that nobody is listening to them in a meeting. Okay. Then the kicker: …

Inspired By: Gertrude Elion

Nobody . . . took me seriously. They wondered why in the world I wanted to be a chemist when no women were doing that. The world was not waiting for …

Nobel Prize

What To Do When You Feel Excluded At Work

It happens to the best of us. I worked with a programming executive whose solution to most everything was to eliminate people from meetings. He was …

The Art Of Slowing Down

With everything available at the click of a button (including mentorship!), it’s no wonder we have a hard time slowing down. And of course that’s …

Inspired By: Lucille Ball

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your …

Dealing With Guilt And Shame At Work

Trying to tackle this subject, I can’t help picturing that image from <i>Game of Thrones</i> when a decidedly unforgiving character Cersei Lannister is …

What To Say When You Need More Time

Time is precious. Even more so when you don’t have an answer! Try our top 10 favorite lines next time you’re in a jam…<b>10. Can I get back to you</b> …

Inspired By: Ella Fitzgerald

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.It isn’t where you …

Surviving High Pressure Meetings And Other Gotcha Moments

My last boss would corral his team approximately one week before a big meeting. We would pull together and organize multiple binders full of data, …