Growing Through Mentorship
There is an old proverb that states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” MET Community is passionate about helping and seeing women entrepreneurs go far. Therefore, we offer a mentorship program to assist women entrepreneurs in their business endeavors.
We were able to catch up with one of our mentees, Rickelle Gordon of K & Co, and find out her thoughts on mentoring and being a mentee. Gordon is a flourishing entrepreneur with years of experience, who is on the rise of showing the world how a girl boss gets things done.
Can you tell us a bit about your business?
Rickelle: K & Co. is a creative marketing and communications agency. Our mission is to enhance our clients brand awareness by delivering creative result-driven ideas, improving their visibility and fostering their growth. We offer representation to an underestimated market (i.e. multicultural women with boutique businesses), creative marketing, branding and curated events. We are a one stop shop for all your creative communications and marketing needs!
What made you want to start a business?
Rickelle: I always knew that I was destined to be an entrepreneur and work closely with the entertainment industry. My personal passion is to inspire people to aspire to something. The only way I can do that is to lead by example.
How did you find MET Community?
Rickelle: I found out about MET Community through Eventbrite. I was recently liberated from employment and was determined not to let that affect the bigger picture. I went to a summer social they had to introduce the programs that they were offering. I love to network so I saw it as a great opportunity to take my idea to the next level.
What made you decide to get a mentor?
Rickelle: I decided to get a mentor because I needed guidance on how to be more efficient with the development of my business.
What were/are you hoping to get out of your experience with MET Community and the mentorship program?
Rickelle: I joined MET Community with the hopes of establishing a meaningful relationship with experts in my field, to network with other entrepreneurs, to take on more opportunities, to showcase my agency and to fine tune the foundation of my agency so I can better serve my clients and the community.
How has having a mentor changed your business and helped you reach goals?
Rickelle: Having a mentor has made me realize that I still have a long way to go, but it’s achievable with delegation. I was trying to handle everything myself to save money but in return I was losing money because I wasn’t allocating my time in the right areas. Time is money and of the essence. To sum things up “Work on the business not in the business.”
What do you think it takes to be a good mentor?
Rickelle: A good mentor will have time for you. A mentor is selfless in the sense of wanting to see you succeed. They won’t set you up for failure and will provide you with honest constructive feedback. They will guide you and let you do the work. They will promote you and refer you if they believe in your work.
What do you think it takes to be a good mentee?
Rickelle: It takes dedication, participation and a willingness to learn and grow to be a good mentee. You have to have a desire to succeed despite superficial circumstances. It is a two-way relationship that both mentor and mentee must have. You get out what you put into the relationship.
What advice would you give others that are on the fence about getting a mentor?
Rickelle: Having a mentor has changed my life personally and professionally. The experience has opened my eyes to a different perspective on being more strategic with streamlining my business. It has provided me with a platform to showcase my agency’s talents and provided numerous opportunities to thrive and succeed. If you’re on the fence for wanting to grow then maybe being an entrepreneur isn’t for you.
We thank Rickelle for sharing her experience with us and wish her nothing but success for the future. If you are interested in learning more about our mentorship program please visit our website for more information.