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One of my favorite excursions is to return to my alma mater, University of Mary Washington to speak with College of Business students as part of their Career Chat series.
This series brings in a wide range of graduates to talk about their career path, mistakes made along the way, and to pass along some inside scoop on the current environment of the working world.
It prompted me to think how it is a way for me to reach back, but also, to lead forward. I get the opportunity to serve and lead by example. It also made me think about the many people that reached back to help me in my career, including my high school algebra teacher tutoring me for the GREs a good ten years after I graduated college! Or, my peers that are working for well-known companies in the C-Suite supporting globally recognized CEOs. Yet, they take the time to return my calls or emails so that I can best serve my current employer.
It’s a pretty powerful thing—whether it’s an informal mentor or just a service focused peer, giving back gives many of us the tools to move forward.