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I have only had male mentors and I really wish I had a female role model to look up to in this field. Any advice for how to network and find a good female mentor? Im up for promotion to manager this year and I want to leave the firm after. I don’t know where to start and I lack the confidence and network needed to change careers. Any useful advice? Thank you!!

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Female MD here- I would start with your PML to get suggestions re: who and then just reach out. I am always happy to spend some time with someone. Working mom with 25+ yrs in b4 and so I get the need for some female mentors. Our office had 2 different programs for this that I helped with. Just ask. Good luck

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Start with KNOW or outright ask your PML. Most local KNOW chapters connect women with female mentors. Many practices have women’s groups (like DAS, Etc.) so ask around about those. Read thought leadership and check for female writers on topics that interest you and email them. Even if you just end up emailing a woman within the firm out of the blue - they won’t turn you down to connect and help you get to a meaningful mentor. I say this as someone who gets emails on this with some regularity - I’ll talk to anyone and help them find a good female mentor so they can succeed in the firm.

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Ditto. Mine moved to London, so I don't have any female leadership in my creative department to look up to / learn from anymore. I feel like mentoring is crucial at this stage in my career as I'm moving up to a senior role, but am lacking that much needed input and guidance to help me get there.

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