I am the Director of Client Services at The Religious Coalition, a nonprofit that works to alleviate the effects of poverty on #FrederickCountyMD residents, where I manage our emergency financial assistance programs. Joining the Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc.’s CORE Program opened different doors for me. Sukanya, my mentor, pushed me to connect and network with some folks which resulted in me becoming the Volunteer Coordinator for #FrederickPride for the last 3 years (although we had to cancel this year due to COVID). This year I became one of the co-founders of SOUL Street, an organization founded to provide guidance, support and visibility to black owned businesses. I get to serve my community both through my job and through other endeavors I am now a part of and hope to continue to give back and support W2W as it has supported me.
When I applied to the CORE Program, I was looking for someone to connect with that could help motivate me, encourage me, introduce me to new ideas, push me to do what I needed to do. With the support of W2WM and the guidance of Sukanya, I learned to go after what I was seeking (stop procrastinating!), but to be mindful of how much to put on my plate and how much I can handle. I would have lots of ideas and Sukanya would bring me down to earth so that I didn’t burn myself out.
To someone seeking their own mentor, Cat had this to say, “Be clear about what you need. Communication is a two-way street, you have to give to be able to get. Be open, be honest. Be committed. The CORE Program features an amazing group of women who have a lot of heart and a lot to give. You take from the program what you put into it. It’s a great way to make connections and your involvement doesn’t have to end just because your cohort ended.”
“One of my favorite memories of GNO is when Cat and Sukanya teamed up to volunteer for the event last year. The two of them worked so well together and I truly enjoyed having them on our crew. What’s more is that they did something that is SO totally Cat and Sukanya… they celebrated and supported the Frederick community together.” – Andrea Baker, W2WM Senior Program Assistant
Are you thinking about who your mentor could be? Apply here to find out in January 2021.