By Jocelyn Ramirez
I recently attended a panel discussion composed of women entrepreneurs hosted by StartUp DTLA called Worthy Women. The four panelists work with really innovative companies (StartUpDTLA, Simmons Consulting, FWD, and CorpNet) and discussed the importance of mentorship in the community of women entrepreneurs. The conversation touched on different types of mentorship needed for various elements of life such as overall career goals, specific work related goals like starting a business, and general life guidance. The idea of multiple mentors seemed most practical to a well balanced support system. As women, mentorship in our community is essential in supporting the effort and work of other women, and we need a firm grasp of what we are seeking in support and mentorship.
Women entrepreneurs experience a unique set of challenges brought on by societal norms, such as patriarchy and misogyny. Many of us go through the same waves of excitement and doubt as we move into new and unfamiliar territory. Sometimes, it is hard for us to acknowledge we don’t know everything and have so much to discover along the journey of starting a business. As you begin to uncover information through research and mentorship, you quickly become aware that there is so much information out there that you didn’t even know that you didn’t know.
For the past few months, I have started this new adventure with Todo Verde not exactly sure where it would lead me. I was unsure if I could lead something that others saw valuable or relevant, and honestly considered whether I was worthy enough. I have continued to push myself forward with the words and encouragement of friends, family, and community members to keep going because they believe in this work.
In this process, I have slowly begun to realize that I am worthy of sharing this work with others. I too have an important voice ready to share healthy lifestyle tips I have learned along the way. And, I am eager to learn more from your stories and knowledge. I will be sharing more on this blog and in person, so please join the conversation!