Meet Our Mentees - Shoshanna Hall
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Having a mentee encourages relationship building and knowledge sharing. It allows a mentor to pass along what they have learned in an effort to make it possible for top skills to be left behind and passed on from one generation to the next.
Baruch College alumna Shoshanna Hall comes from the next generation of female leaders and is using the foundation created by her mentor Anik Lapointe to rise to the top in her new role as an Underwriter for AIG. Shoshanna earned her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science in December and acknowledges that her experience in the FWA Mentoring Program has been rewarding for her career. “I loved that the FWA Mentoring Program focused on building the complete “package” within each mentee. In that I mean, Baruch College’s FWA Mentoring program has offered LinkedIn workshops, panel discussions, office visits and dinners with FWA Pacesetters to increase our professional development as mentees. The program has contributed tremendously to our personal development by having workshops focused on financial literacy, personal branding, skincare, female empowerment, and meditation. For me, I started investing in stocks after attending the “Money Matters” Financial Literacy Workshop taught by Veronica Karas. These workshops highlight the FWA’s initiative to build well-rounded future leaders who are equipped to stay relevant and compete in today’s workforce.”
Shoshanna joined the FWA’s Mentoring program because she felt she needed guidance and support as a recent immigrant to the United States. She says, “I had a lot to learn about Corporate America. I needed help with shaping my career interest and creating a trajectory that would help me be successful in the corporate world. I knew that having a mentor would be the first step, as their advice would prove to be instrumental in professional and personal development. I joined the FWA’s Mentoring program because I loved that I had the opportunity to be mentored by a successful female leader in business and I’m extremely grateful for Anik for always encouraging me to step outside of my comfort zone, speak with confidence and to never shy away from stating my opinion or ideas in fear of what others might think.” Having fearless women leaders who are available to help you navigate complex life or business discussions is invaluable for young careers. Despite many of the advancements women have made in becoming a significant part of the workforce, women, especially younger women still face critical challenges and having a mentor can make a difference.
Like many other successful people that attribute at least part of their success to having a mentor, Shoshanna explains that having the “right” mentor who can provide advice and connections is crucial to helping you reach heights that otherwise would be impossible alone. She says, “despite her busy schedule, my mentor, Anik has been very supportive in my professional, academic and personal endeavors. She has gone above and beyond in helping me accomplish my career goals. Within the first few months of knowing each other, Anik helped me to refine my career interest and align my employment history with the industry I was passionate about. She also arranged for her company’s Human Resource Business Partner and a Trading Manager to help me prepare for my different internship interviews. The valuable advice I received from her team greatly contributed to the success of my interviews and is the reason why I am an Underwriting Analyst at AIG today.” This proves that by having a constructive encouraging mentoring relationship, students far exceed their circumstances.
In Shoshanna Hall’s case, as a migrant from Jamaica, the child of a single parent who was very determined, her focus was to take advantage of every opportunity made available to her. In Shoshanna’s own words, “I’m grateful to FWA for creating a program where aspiring future leaders can look up to their mentors who are successful female professionals in Corporate America.”
Interested in Mentoring?
Given how important mentoring is, you could be a key source of knowledge to a young woman seeking guidance with developing her career. To learn more about FWA mentoring and to get involved contact:
(Baruch College) Betsy Werley,
(Seton Hall University) Carol Doyle or Donna Harris,
(High School) Beth Dorfman or Mindy Kipness.