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By: Raquel Shalam, Life & Career Coach

My Mother, My Mentor, My Self

Presented by SBH Career Division and PROPEL, a panel of three inspiring mother-daughter duos spoke to a crowded audience of enthusiastic women about finding their path. Each of our panelists – Betty and Grace Esses, Claudia and Lottie Bildirici, and Linda Benun and Esther Hidary – shared compelling, genuine, and even humorous accounts of how they got to where they are today. Each panelist, as well as our brilliant and poised moderator, Sarita Baskt Salama, had priceless advice.Of the many valuable lessons they had to share, below are ten that really stood out.

1. Even if you have no clue what you’re doing, roll with it as you go.

Learning on the job is absolutely normal. You may not think you know what you’re doing, but as you roll with what tasks need to get done you will certainly find your way.

2. Getting out of your comfort zone is incredibly rewarding!

Our comfort zones often feel like good friends we don’t want to leave behind. Our panelists illuminated all the exciting opportunities they encountered only once they pushed beyond what they were used to.

3. Even if you’re scared, keep going.

Starting something new can be frightening. Know that you are not alone in that fear. It’s okay to be afraid and to do it anyway. As youpush forward, the fear subsides.

4. Working gives women confidence and direction.

As women, we are balancing so many different aspects of our life. We are taking care of our families and playing active roles as community members. Having a career that is uniquely our own allows for self-confidence to develop.

5. It’s important to keep reinventing yourself.

One of our panelists spoke about how important it is to know your limits and see when it’s time to move on. It’s never too late to try something new.

6.It’s important to invest in your education.

One of the reasons education really pays off is because it gives you a profound sense of mastery in your field.

7. We grow all the time.

Nothing in life is static, especially who we are as people. We are constantly developing even if we don’t see it. There is no limit, age or otherwise, to our growth as individuals.

8. Choose a career path that is an expression of your personal mission and identity.

Several panelists spoke to the value of creating a career around what is important to you and what you are most passionate about.

9. Apply your vast skill set.

In each stage of life, we acquire new skills. Whether it be as students, mothers, wives, or during any other role we play, we are building a strong toolbox of skills. Organization, communication, and interpersonal skills are some that are extremely applicable to nearly every profession.

10. We have a strong network of working women in the communitywho are so willing to help each other out.

The event served as a testament to this robust and growing network of women who are giving their time, advice, and experience to help each other succeed professionally.

Last, but most important, we couldn’t be more impressed with the huge crowd of women who came, ready to take on something new and develop a career they feel empowered by and proud of. A very large thank you to Sarita Baskt Salama for sharing her journey and for moderating the panel, as well as toFrieda Schweky from @photos_by_Friedafor photographing, and to the Sephardic Community Center for hosting the event.

If you’re feeling excited or even intimidated by the prospect of new opportunities, give us a call. We’re excited to meet you! PROPEL 646-494-0822