My time as a Game Plan Champion has come to an end, and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to take part in a program that supports athletes through all phases of their career – in and out of sport. I have had the incredible opportunity to work with a talented and driven athlete on a mentorship project that has been so valuable and inspiring. Working with Hannah has reaffirmed to me that mentorship opportunities for women in sport and business are vital (though sometimes difficult to seek out) – both for the mentee and the mentor. I’ve learned so much from spending time with Hannah and believe that in mentorship relationships, you get as much as you give.
I have also had time to check in with my Game Plan advisor, Meaghan Donahue Weis to chat about my own career path and professional growth. Meaghan is also a fantastic advisor and mentor, and I find our conversations to be very grounding. She helps me focus in on what’s important and having a resource like that is invaluable.
One of the things that I have shared with Hannah throughout our time together is my new obsession with “Shine Theory”. Shine Theory came into my world when I started listening to the Call Your Girlfriend podcast by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. Shine Theory revolves around the notion that “I don’t shine if you don’t shine”. It particularly applies to women who work together to support one another rather than undermine each other’s success. Shine Theory has become a bit of a mantra for me over the past months.
To boil it down:
“When you meet a woman who is intimidatingly witty, stylish, beautiful, and professionally accomplished, befriend her. Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you better.” – Ann Freidman
I am fully committed to supporting women in sport, business, and community, and have taken steps to actively seek out women who are doing big things – conversations with them inspire me beyond words and affirm that anything is possible with confidence and hustle. In sport, you often seek out the top athletes to emulate and train with if you want to improve and the same can certainly be said for business, education, and career.
A few months ago, I reached out to Sue Siri, who is the founder of Iris Booth – a professional headshot photo booth. It is an innovative product developed in Atlantic Canada and I loved my experience in the booth so much that I wanted to learn more about how Sue got started, what her challenges were, and to chat about opportunities to collaborate. We met for coffee and she was incredibly gracious and generous with her time. She shared so much with me in our first meeting, and I left buzzing with encouragement and inspiration. We have since had time to sit down and chat more, and each time I am continually impressed by her business savvy, social consciousness, and shining personality. I’m grateful that she said yes to that first coffee, and it has encouraged me to be more open to asking questions. I am trying to surround myself with the best people, and she is certainly one of them.
Hannah and I recently visited Iris Booth so that she could take some professional headshots for her LinkedIn profile and to have on file for the future. It was great to be able to share that with Hannah and support Iris Booth in the process! At the end of the Game Plan Champions mentorship project, Hannah will walk away with some beautiful professional headshots (thanks to Iris Booth and Hannah’s infectious smile), meaningful work experience that she can add to her ever-growing resume, an extended role supporting Fast and Female events in Atlantic Canada, and a job interview with an amazing company (yaaa!!). Though the project is coming to an end officially, Hannah and I will continue to meet and work together on projects and reciprocal sharing and learning. In my effort to surround myself with the best people, I am committing more to meaningful relationships and I know that Hannah is now an integral part of my circle.