~ Career Mentoring
Sense of Importance
The Back Story:
So, there I was at yet another lunch date with a new friend who was telling me all about her business. I knew her because another friend told me I just HAD to meet her- so we set up a lunch. And in walks someone she knew, and I was introduced as her mentor. I was a bit surprised, because I had just been listening to the bravest story of this woman's entrepreneurial adventure and starting over in life. And for that, she named me as her mentor.
Another time, I came home from work and my husband asked me who I had had coffee with that day (because I usually have lots of coffee dates with different people from groups I'm in, associations I'm a member of, colleagues, or friends-of-friends). When I mentioned a name he didn't know, he said "ah- another stray cat" in the most loving way.
People ask me to talk to their daughters about their school projects, about being in aviation, about running a business, about volunteering, or about learning. (I get a lot of school advice requests!) What can I say? These are all things that I love and have a lot of experience with. And yes, I take most of those requests. It's interesting to hear the plans these young people have. I just know I'll be working for, voting for, or reading about these young women one day.
And then it occurred to me: I'm a mentor. Never mind that I've designed formal and informal mentoring programs for for-profit and non-profit organizations. Never mind that I've been in multiple development programs at all of my jobs. Never mind that I've had personal coaches and career coaches and counselors and assigned mentors and mentees myself. It took a dozen "stray cat" comments from my husband for me to realize that this is my role.
It is my purpose. I like it. And I'm good at it.
I fly airplanes. I've been a pilot at 3 major airlines. I spent 20 years in the US Air Force as an officer and pilot doing tons of unique things. I write. There's a lot of articles out there and a lot of it is at my personal website BethanyJJMiller.com. I travel. I've been to 83 countries at last count. And I flew myself to a lot of them. The world is an interesting place and I love seeing people in their home country living so differently than I do. I've been in business. I've been promoted and failed job interviews and started a company and shut it down quickly. I've been a cofounder of a nonprofit and I've run conferences and I've worked in fast food. And I go to school a lot.
I research career psychology extensively, and I know you and I will hit it off. I want to know all about your career and experiences and how you're changing the world (or plan to!). I will be your big sister. I will be your cheerleader. I can do tough love. I do NOT tell you what to do. You do you. I'll just gut check you on it.
I have a BS in Atmospheric Science from The Ohio State University (where I fell in love with chaos theory and thermodynamics) and an MBA in Global Business from Georgia Tech (where I completed international study programs in Argentina, the UAE, and India). I hold a DBA from Université Paris-Dauphine and wrote my thesis on Flux Agents, a new psychographic categorization of contemporary businesspeople.
Message me. Let's talk.