Being a Mentee – Highlights from our 2018 Wisdom Mentoring Program

Meet Isabelle!

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Isabelle Hourigan – Practice Lead, Constructions Services for Aerotek, participated in our 2018 Wisdom Mentoring Program and you need to hear her highlights!

“The connection I made with my mentor- she comes from a relatable industry to mine, our calls were scheduled and always completed, and she offered more than what the program suggested in terms of communication. There was genuine connection which still carries through to today! I was able to discuss my current state, and opportunities on my own path and she offered genuine guidance, from a high level point of view, which was non-bias given she is from outside of my organization.

Meeting with the other mentees during the class sessions and having the 1/1 conversations hearing about how women in different stages of their careers, from different background, and ages all ask themselves similar questions I ask myself. They too have doubts/concerns/apprehensions, so I am not alone! I started to appreciate that I have come a long way in my career thus far and I am putting in the right actions towards the development of my career. It was affirming to hear others in the same spot as myself.

I enjoyed mapping out my career through to retirement – it forced me to think bigger picture strategy rather than the reactive ‘what next'”

What does mentoring means to you?

“Mentoring is the development of others from a genuine point of interest in ones well-being and success. It is understanding individual’s goals and meeting that person where they are at to help them achieve those goals by sharing best practices and suggestions based on your own experiences. It is giving both constructive and positive feedback when needed, showing vulnerability and empathy when you don’t know the answers. It is pushing someone hard enough to help them achieve their goals, and knowing when slow down to recognize the wins.”


The Wisdom Mentoring Program matches women with influential mentors, who can help them make their ambitions a reality.  Join the community of over 1000 women who have already taken their careers to the next level through this unique development opportunity.

Act soon! Deadline to register is April 15th.

Learn more about Wisdom Mentoring!

About Isabelle:

Isabelle Hourigan is Practice Lead, Constructions Services for Aerotek.

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Mentors Making History: Carrie Chapman Catt’s Mentor

Ever wonder what’s behind the successful women and men who have actively changed the course of history? For starters, they didn’t do it alone. Many famous game-changers have one thing in common: a mentor.

The Mentor

Lucy Stone (1818-1893) was an orator and leader of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. A vocal abolitionist, Stone assisted in establishing the Woman’s National Loyal League to help pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery. She founded and contributed regularly to the weekly periodical Woman’s Journal and helped form the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA), which laid the foundation for women’s right to vote nationally with victories at the state and local levels.

The Protégée

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947) was also a women’s suffrage leader in the U.S. She served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), founded the League of Women Voters and the International Alliance of Women. She led the group of women in 1919 to pressure Congress to pass the Nineteenth Amendment that gave women the right to vote in 1920.

Following the merge of AWSA and the National Woman Suffrage Association that created the unified NAWSA, Catt made frequent visits to Stone,. Stone had been impressed by Catt’s ambition and presence when they met at a previous convention and agreed to mentor her. She opened her wealth of experience to Catt over the course of one winter, sharing strategies and techniques for political organizing, lobbying and fundraising.

Why it Worked

In order to drive progress forward for their shared vision of women’s right to vote, both women recognized the need to build future strategies on past knowledge.

Catt had ambition but Stone had experience. Together, they ensured that the movement didn’t lose momentum with the next generation. Catt used and built on Stone’s strategies over the next 30 years and, as a result, saw the ultimate victory.

Mentors can give us a personal link to the wealth of wisdom from pioneers in our particular industry. WXNWisdom Top 100 Mentoring helps make those connections, pairing you with a woman at the top of her field from our community of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners and boosting your potential to change the course of history—for the better.