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Hi. What's your first name? *

 
Nice to meet you, {{answer_43641791}}. 

My name is Stacy Cassio.  I grew up in rural Kansas surrounded by strong women and great mentors. 

Coincidently, most were full-time moms, teachers, or nurses.  All fantastic professions, but none really suited me.  So I struggled for years trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. 

And that's why I founded the Pink Mentor Network to help our daughters, nieces, sisters, and all future & current businesswomen understand that female career opportunities are endless.

Thank you for helping me, {{answer_43641791}}.  Thank you for giving "her" career a head start.  You Rock, Woman!

 
What's your zip code?  (This answer helps us plot where the women answering this survey are from.)

 
For beginners, did you always know what you wanted to be when you grew up?

     
 
That's a beautiful gift, {{answer_43641791}}.  The majority of the women who complete this survey answer "no".  

How did you learn your professionally destiny so early?

 
Ah...You are like me, {{answer_43641791}}.  

Do you know now?  Or are your still searching?  What can I do to help?

 
So what do you do now?  

What's your job title?  And what is the actual work you perform daily?  


 
What insight can you offer girls who are looking to do the work you do?  Do you recommend it?  

Where do they learn more about your profession? (i.e. organizations, clubs, thought leaders to follow, book to read, etc.)

 
How long have you been working? *


 
{{answer_43641791}}, you are at an exciting place in your career.

Frankly, I'm quite jealous of you. There are a million things I would do differently if I could go back to where you are.  I will share some here with you.

 
Let's talk education.  Tell me about yours.


 
I knew, when we first met, that you were a smart chick, {{answer_43641791}}. 
I admire your degree because I dropped out of college.  I really struggled to find myself at age 19.  
 
Tell me about your college experience. 
How did you choose that major?  What did college not prepare you for?
What did the experience of college teach you?

 
That makes two of us, {{answer_43641791}}.   I dropped out after one year. 
But like Mark Twain said, "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." 

Tell me about your informal education.  
How did you learn the professional skills you have today? Are you regretful that you didn't finish college?  What advice would you give your 19 year-old self?

 
Let's move on to employment.

 What was the title of your first adult job, {{answer_43641791}}?

 
What did you learn from that first job?  

How did you learn it?  What are you thankful for from that experience?  
How did it shape what you do today?

 
My first job was a nanny in the suburbs of New York.  I ended up there because I dropped out of college and it was the fastest way out of Kansas.  

I was raised in Kansas, but grew up because of New York. That crazy journey later brought me to the South.  That's where I am now, near Charlotte NC. 

My story is a collection of midwestern roots, New Yorker's ambition, and an evolving southern grace.

 
Next up...Networking.  

It's not who you know but who knows you well enough to help.

Which statement best describes your professional network?


 
Wow, {{answer_43641791}}.  That is impressive.  How have you built such a powerful network?
What's one tip you could share with us?

 
My best piece of advice on networking is don't spread yourself too thin.  It's better to lead one professional organization than to attend numerous.

Earlier in my career, I organized a community marketing event.  I built a platform for experts I wanted to learn from.  

Selfish? Maybe.  

But incredibly effective because I landed two job offers and five professional references from that event.

 
Women juggle a lot these days. What are your thoughts on work-life balance?  

{{answer_43641791}}, do you have work-life balance?



 
I understand.  I struggle with it too.  What's been your greatest challenge with work-life balance?

 
Wow.  That's great.  Work-life balance is a huge challenge for women.  What has been your key to success?

 
Obviously as the Founder of the Pink Mentor Network, I have to ask you about your mentor relationship(s)?

Do you have or have you had a professional mentor?

     
 
You are very lucky.  Tell us about them.  How did you meet?  What have you learned?  Do you still maintain contact?  How often? 

What's the best piece of advice learned from your mentor?


 
Life is really challenging sometimes.  Both personally and professionally. 

What wise words do you have for other women?

 
My Pink Advice to you, {{answer_43641791}}, is...

You are crafting chapters now.  The characters, plots, and settings you introduce now shape the novel.  They aren't the novel.  

I have spent a lot of years as a character in someone else's novel.  It's time to write my own.  

Thank you for being a character in this chapter.  Sincerely.

xo
Stacy

 
Enough with the sentimentality, Stacy.  

Let's wrap up.  {{answer_43641791}} is a busy woman.

Are you up for a speed round?

     
 
Excellent! Thank you. 

Name an accomplished woman you admire.

 
{{answer_43641791}}, name an instant source of inspiration.  It can be a book, blog, expert, activity, song....the possibilities are endless!

 
{{answer_43641791}}, I feel like we've known each other for years.  However, I did not catch your full name. *

 
Well, {{answer_43079548}}, can we share your story with other women through www.pinkmentornetwork.com?

     
 
YAY!  I would love to spread the word about you.  Please tell us where we can find you.

 
Would you like us to include your photo with your story?

 
I'm right there with you, {{answer_43641791}}.  

My career began 18 years ago.  It feels like a long time ago and that there's still a long long ahead.

 
Here's another easy one.   Which best describes your dedication to your profession?


 
You sound like me, {{answer_43641791}}.  I have worked in a variety of roles and learned a tremendous amount from each. 

How about you?  What have you learned from the variety?  Tell me about the misfits.  Were there any roles that just weren't for you?  What did they teach you?

 
You are very lucky, {{answer_43641791}}.  

To know what you want to do and devote your life to it, do you understand how rare that is?

Tell me about that devotion.  How did you learn "what you wanted to be when you grew up"?  Do you love the work you do?  Are you still passionate about it?

 
That's great.  Which statement best describes your career path?


 
Mostly lateral,{{answer_43641791}}?  Wow. I admire that path tremendously.

What's your best piece of advice on positioning yourself for promotion?

 
I understand.  My own career is a combo of opportunistic and developmental.  

What is your best piece of advice on recognizing these opportunities?
How do women who may not be happy in their current roles prepare themselves for the next one?

 
Been there.  Felt that, {{answer_43641791}}.  Desperation can fuel us to accomplish amazing things. 

Has that been the case for you?  What have you learned about just keeping afloat?  What is your best piece of advice for women who are there now?

 
How would you rate your overall career satisfaction?  Five stars being totally satisfied.

(Don't worry this info will not be used anywhere else.  It simply helps me know what to ask next.)






 
30% of our lives are spent working.  For the average lifespan, that equals 25-30 years.  Incredible, right?

{{answer_43641791}}, I want you to enjoy that time.  We need to figure this out.

What do you dislike most about your work?


 
{{answer_43641791}}, girl, there are other employers out there.  

Do some soul searching and really nail down what would make you professionally satisfied. Then actively pursue it.

I, and the entire Pink Mentor Network, are rooting for you. 

If you need further encouragement, let me know.  You can reach me at stacy@pinkmentornetwork.com.

- xo Stacy






 
I can relate, {{answer_43641791}}.  I have had a couple really terrible managers.  They contributed to miserable professional existence  at the time.

But now, looking back, I understand they also made me a better manager.  I did not want to follow in their footsteps.  The experience also heightened my self-awareness.  I learned about my triggers and how to deal with them.

I know it's a painful experience today but you will be better for it tomorrow.  If you need further encouragement, let me know.  You can reach me at stacy@pinkmentornetwork.com.

I, and the entire Pink Mentor Network, are rooting for you.

-xo Stacy

 
I had a hairstylist, who at 40 years old dropped her career as an insurance broker, to do what she loved.  That fearlessness is incredibly inspirational.  Yet sometimes, impractical. 

{{answer_43641791}}, it is time you do some soul searching.  What would make you happy?  How do we get you there? 

You may or may not be able to answer those questions today?  But when you have the answer, let me know.  

I'm at stacy@pinkmentornetwork.com.  I, and the entire Pink Mentor Network, are rooting for you.

-xo Stacy

 
Obviously as the Founder of the Pink Mentor Network, I have to ask you about your mentor relationship(s)?

Do you have or have you had a professional mentor?

     
 
You are very lucky.  Tell us about them.  How did you meet?  What have you learned?  Do you still maintain contact?  How often? 

What's the best piece of advice learned from your mentor?


 
I understand.  I'm naturally a private person too.

Can you and I stay in contact?

     
 
I have been blessed to have some amazing teachers.  

My first bosses were two Irish brothers at an insurance investigation firm in White Plains, NY.  I started there as a receptionist and was seated within earshot of both their offices.  Each brother would shout into the hall "STACE!!!" when he needed me.

To this day, I cringe when someone calls me "Stace".  But those crazy brothers taught me a tremendous amount about business.  They had confidence in me when I didn't have it in myself.  

I am beyond appreciative for them.

++++++++++++++++++++++

Tell me about your best boss.  What did you learn from them?  How did they shape your career?  How do you pass it on?

 
Life is really challenging sometimes.  Both personally and professionally. 

What wise words do you have for other women?

 
My Pink Advice to you, {{answer_43641791}}, is...

You are crafting chapters now.  The characters, plots, and settings you introduce now shape the novel.  They aren't the novel.  

I have spent a lot of years as a character in someone else's novel.  It's time to write my own.  

Thank you for being a character in this chapter.  Sincerely.

xo
Stacy

 
Enough with the sentimentality, Stacy.  

Let's wrap up.  {{answer_43641791}} is a busy woman.

Are you up for a speed round?

     
 
Excellent! Thank you. 

Name an accomplished woman you admire.

 
{{answer_43641791}}, name an instant source of inspiration.  It can be a book, blog, expert, activity, song....the possibilities are endless!

 
If life is a novel and decades are chapters, what would this chapter be called?

 
What's the title of your novel?

 
{{answer_43641791}}, I feel like we've known each other for years.  However, I did not catch your full name. *

 
Well, {{answer_43641791}}, can we share your story with other women through www.pinkmentornetwork.com?

     
 
Well then, {{answer_43641791}}, I'm glad you found me.  I started this network for you and women like you.  

Connect with me outside this reflection at stacy@pinkmentornetwork.com.

 
YAY!  I would love to spread the word about you.  Please tell us where we can find you.

 
Would you like to include a photo?

 
Finally, you have done so much for me today.  Please let me know how the Pink Mentor Network can help you. 

What programs are you interested in, {{answer_43641791}}?


 
I'm all ears, {{answer_43641791}}. Tell about what other programs you are interested in.

 
Future programs and reflections will be designed around your curiosities?
What topics would you like to learn more about?


{{answer_43641791}}, it was an absolute pleasure getting to know you.

You are incredible.  Please keep me in the loop with you.  I'll do the same.

Your experience moves us forward.  Thank you.  

Stacy Cassio
Founder
Pink Mentor Network
stacy@pinkmentornetwork.com

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