By now, we have communicated with you the Mentor assigned to you. This year, due to the virtual nature of the conference, we had limitations on the number of Mentor slots. We regret that we could not accommodate many MentorConnect requests that came in. Please know that we allocated the slots strictly on a first-come-first-serve basis. When the conference moves back to an in-person format next year, we encourage all of you to come back to the MentorConnect program. We will certainly have more Mentors and thus allow you to choose from a wider range of stalwarts.
For those that have received an invitation to participate in MentorConnect for (virtual) TiEcon 2020, we request that you do take the time to sign in on the allotted day at the allotted time. We are using breakout Zoom rooms – so you will automatically be assigned the room of your Mentor. Please be patient if you are not immediately redirected to your assigned room.
We had to turn many people away. So it is only fair that you avail the opportunity to join the conversation with these luminaries. Some of you did not get your first choice of Mentor. We were hampered by one of the Mentors having to pull out of the event due an unavoidable conflict. You should know, however, that all our Mentors are rock stars. We certainly hope that you derive the most out of this program. You are welcome to use the hashtag #MentorConnect along with the hashtag #TiEcon2020 on your social media posts.
This is your opportunity to be mentored by these luminaries. Mentors can provide their wisdom on management leadership skills, career success factors, industry insights, communication skills and best practices, and more. This is not an opportunity to “sell” your product / services to them.
Some of you have requested that we post “suggested questions” – to help you get started in your Mentoring Session. While these questions may help “break the ice”, please prepare for your Mentoring Session by writing down your questions in advance. Also, pace your questions. Please be respectful of the other people in the session. We have restricted the number of people per session to allow for deep and meaningful conversations.
- What do you do to challenge your underlying beliefs, paradigms and assumptions?
- How do you handle obstacles and roadblocks?
- What would be your advice to those who start late in their career as an entrepreneur?
- What do you wish you had known before taking your first management role?
- Can you tell me about a time when you had a difficult boss? How did you handle the situation?
- What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how has it proven invaluable?
- How do I prepare to be an entrepreneur (which invariably means trade-offs and sacrifices at many levels) against the comforts of a relatively steady job and also the demands of a certain quality of life? (mortgage, private schools, vacations, etc.)
- How much capital does an entrepreneur need to raise in order to get started with operations?
- What are some of the successful marketing strategies that you have seen companies use in the early days to target consumers?
- What are your suggestions to early-stage start-ups as to the thresholds and criteria they must demonstrate before being considered for investment?
- How is valuation determined for seed startups?
- How and where do you find inspiration?
- How do you keep your feelings separate from your decision-making?
- How do you balance your work and home life?
Lastly, please be respectful of the Mentors. They have been kind enough to offer their time from their busy schedules to participate in this program.
We certainly hope that you have an enjoyable experience at TiEcon 2020.