I am thinking about giving back to the community and how to do it. Recently, I offered to give a training / speech (it is a little of both – a speech with some real professor lessons on how to take the next step) at a local charity that helps young moms.
As a mom myself, I will say that having children changed my life. Primarily for the better but it also changed my career trajectory and what I wanted from my career trajectory. Just the fact that I had a “career” and a say in my “trajectory” though is from a place of privilege of having already had my education “done” when I became a mom. I was not a “young” mom; I already had an MBA and a long career before I had my first child. For people who do not yet have a degree and who maybe come from poverty, becoming a young mom can keep them trapped in that cycle. The cost of daycare far surpasses any wages a young mom can make and without family and community help, having any type of career can be impossible.
I have been going over my talking points in my mind and I wanted to start jotting them down and thought using this blog might be a great way to promote my speaking engagements offerings as well as a brainstorming process for me.
I want to talk about how being a mom will of course have changed their plans and how we can make their plans more focused on their next step.
When I left Corporate America, I did not think I would ever have a real “career” again but I wound up teaching and being an entrepreneur. For most of my talk participants, though, this would not be as organic a process as it was for me. I want to walk them through options they have for continuing their education and/or finding a career even with limited education under their belts. I want to talk about how to balance being a mom while still working on their own development and next steps. So while they help their children, they can also help their children by helping themselves.
The talk would include
The real key will be in helping them after the talk and finding a way to maintain mentor/mentee relationships with them. This is the key for me to also give back to the community and to other moms to help them find their path and the way to support their children and themselves into the future. For most of my speaking engagements, I am available for free to just come in and give my “lessons” – I find this the most rewarding part of my career as an entrepreneur.
I can touch more people this way and for me, this business has to have a component of giving back. I want to be successful and have as many paying clients as I can possibly manage but I also know that as a new “entity” (having just relaunched at the end of July), that any way I can promote my business is helpful to me and the people I can help with my message, my enthusiasm and my lessons learned on how to get to the next step for any type of person, whether they be an executive or someone just starting out. As a teacher, I have an interest in promoting my message to those who have found themselves in tough circumstances and I truly believe that by putting out good to the world, good comes back.
What do you think about my strategy to do speaking engagements for people who need my help, specifically at this charity for young moms? What would you try to teach a young mom to be ready to take her next (or first) step into a career? If you are interested in having me speak at your organization or event, click below. Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen