Mentoring helps me grow as a public relations professional and it’s never too far from my thoughts. I have mentors; I am a mentor. I plan to be in both roles throughout my life. Mentors teach us things, bring out our best thoughts, confirm our closest held beliefs, make us think, even give us new perspectives.  Mentors come in many sizes and shapes — sometimes from the most unexpected places.

One of my most recent mentors was a five-year-old heading for her first day of school. She told me, “Kindergarten is big. I’m a little scared.” Watching her forge ahead despite her fear was a good reminder of leading with courage and self-confidence — and moving forward to get the job done. Thanks, Ana Maria, for that wisdom.

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