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Mentor Much?

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Reaching a certain level in your career, being invited to all the hottest industry events, and having the financial freedom to cop all the designer apparel your heart desires is a beautiful thing, but let’s make one thing clear. All of this means nothing – I repeat – nothing if you’re not reaching back to nourish the career of a younger person who could benefit from your experience and wisdom.

We’ve all heard phrases like “each one teach one,” and “teach the babies” but can you honestly say you’re doing your part? Even if you don’t have time to become an actual mentor, consider sharing your expertise by speaking at schools in your community. The couple hours you take out of your day to build with the youth could provide an aspiring (insert your career here) with enough knowledge to last a lifetime!

Last Friday I had the honor of joining four other Fly Female Entrepreneurs on a trip Uptown to speak at the KIPP: Infinity Charter School’s career day. We were invited by the super sweet and beautiful Ms. Asiya Razvi and it was definitely one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had in a while.

Five women following their dreams + over 50 students who were eager to learn more about our chosen professions = one amazing afternoon!  Hope you enjoy these pics and are inspired to touch a young person’s life today!

Asiya Razvi of KIPP: Infinity Charter School Gets The Classroom Ready

Jewelry Designer & Illustrator, Lorraine Natasha West

Anjum Razvi, Interior Designer & Asiya’s Mom!

Kristen Tate, Public Relations Professional

Yours Truly: Renae Bluitt, Public Relations Professional & Founder, In Her Shoes

Ashaka Givens, Clothing Designer

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.


  1. asiya

    April 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

    We appreciate SO much that all five of you… super-busy and super-fabulous and successful ladies took time out of YOUR day to spend a little time sharing your stories with our babies! They were inspired!

  2. Molaundo

    April 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

    This is great. Kudos to these lovely ladies. Remember when you were an aspirant youth with big dreams but little to no idea on how to make them come true in a practical way? Well, that’s a dynamic that young people have to deal with in every generation. Every adult should set aside at least an hour a week from their lives to mentor the youth. Once you’ve had an enjoyable experience with mentorship, you realize that the act is actually mutually beneficial. So I encourage everyone out there to give back when they can, as much as they can!

  3. Trizonna

    April 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Just awesome ladies!

  4. Lorraine Natasha West

    April 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I had such a blast. It was so magical and inspiring to present alongside such powerful women! Let’s do it again soon!
    Great job on the post Renae!

  5. Kristen

    April 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Thanks again to Asiya for the opportunity. You have a fantastic, bright group of students at KIPP. What a pleasure spending time with them! They inspired me. And thanks, Renae for capturing it all and encouraging everyone to do their part.

  6. Doron Townsell

    April 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    It’s great to see such beautiful people inside and out giving back. It’s the little things that count in the long run. You ladies altogether are like the “fabulous five” 😉 aka “fab 5”. Great article!!

  7. brook

    April 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    That’s what i’m talking about! I teach but in between being that serious curriculum writing educator I was motivational speaking to youth all over nyc. There’s nothing like breaking down what you do and being like, “i do this now. You can do it. Matter of fact, take this job from me ’cause i am going to want to do something else in a few.”

    teach the babies!

    bring it!

  8. Naki

    April 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Awesome! What a good way to give back!

  9. Channing

    April 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I love this! What a great attitude to have

  10. royce

    April 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!! Donating your time means more than you will ever know, and you all looked fly while doing it 😉

  11. Miss Entrepeneur

    May 2, 2010 at 10:32 am

    As a young person who often feels like getting to where I want to be is mission impossible, I can’t emphasise enough how important mentoring is. Well done to the mentors and the young ladies, I hope that more people realise the importance of mentoring.

  12. Kamari

    May 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Everyone needs a good mentor! I love mine!! (wink wink)

  13. eclectikchic

    May 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Great article! I cannot wait to start back mentoring. My work hours have not allowed me the opportunity to do so.

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