According to Forbes, the COVID-19 pandemic had more of a negative impact on professional women than men. While gender disparities have always existed in the workforce, women have disproportionately lost jobs and reduced their work hours as a result of the pandemic.
Though mentorship does not have a linear path, it is a strong source of helping women through the new and unprecedented challenges they confront.
Check out the personal impact that mentorship has had on these CEOs, executives, and entrepreneurs.
Toni Bullock, Director of Development, Unscripted Originals at Vox Media Studios and Founder of Callsheets 2 Cocktails
Toni Bullock is a director of TV development and founder of the networking group, Callsheets 2 Cocktails. Though her journey into TV came with many obstacles, her goal is to provide women with opportunities that she didn’t have. Learn more about Toni’s journey here.
Georgene Huang, CEO & Co-Founder of Fairygodboss
As the CEO and Co-Founder of Fairygodboss, Georgene Huang runs a marketplace where professional women looking for jobs, career advice and the inside scoop on companies meet employers who believe in gender equality. While job-searching and simultaneously pregnant with her second child, Georgene understood more about the unfair advantages men have in the workforce and is dedicated to building a more equitable workplace for all women. Read our interview with her to learn more, here.
Jenay Alejandro Communications Director, Hennessy
Jenay Alejandro is Communications Director at Hennessy. Making history as the first Latina to serve in her role, she utilizes her 15 years of experience within the wine and spirits industry to celebrate and champion the diversity of consumers. Proud of her Latin heritage, she champions stereotypes and misconceptions with hopes to see more professionals who look like her in the workplace. Read more insights from Jenay here.
Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Business Leader and Philanthropist
Valeisha Butterfield Jones is the business leader and philanthropist whom we all want advice from. At the time that we spoke with her, she was reigning as the co-president of the Recording Academy. Now she’s at the helm of a new role as the Vice President, Partnerships & Engagement at Google. She also founded her own platform dedicated to helping women reach their full professional potential – Mast(HER)ed. Valeisha is determined to use her voice to drive change and make an impact in unprecedented ways – starting with giving the next generation a helping hand.
Nkechi Okoro Carroll Showrunner/Executive Producer of ‘All American’ and ‘All American: Homecoming’
Nkechi Okoro Carroll acts as the Showrunner and Executive Producer of the TV hit series and spinoff ‘All American’ and ‘All American: Homecoming.’ Growing up in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, and England, Nkechi has such a creative brain that flexing her pen was the only solution. Now, as a creator in Hollywood, she is determined to only help others achieve success, but give underrepresented voices the chance to be seen in mainstream media. Learn more about her journey, here.
Le An Hinh Global Head of Production Operations, Prime Video Live Sports at Amazon
Le An Hinh excels in her role as the Global Head of Production Operations, Prime Video Live Sports at Amazon. Paving the way for other women of color in the sports field, she decided to share her insights by becoming a beloved mentor in the non-profit organization, Brown Girls Dream. Read our interview with her to learn more.