Fall is finally upon us. I've reunited with my iMentor family, facilitated more meetings, and saw my daughter make her acting debut.
It's been pretty hot in NYC this week. I can’t wait for the crisp fall air and to see the trees in my neighborhood turn a deep orange and yellow. This year I managed to end the summer with precious memories made with my family. Here’s a funny photo from our vacation.
My kids being engulfed in water in Puerto Rico (Photo Credit: Chong Oh)
In the middle of August I had the opportunity to speak on the Alumni Panel for iMentor staff with co-founders, Rich Buery and Matt Klein. Former mentee and current staff, Elianny Espinal, and her mentor Sarah Nehmeh, as well as my former colleague, Bridgette Ginyard, were also on the panel.
When I was running iMentor back in the day, we used to host these all-staff retreats at various staff members' tiny Brooklyn or East Village apartments. We felt lucky to just have free coffee and lunch and be able to block out the entire day to plan our work and spend time together. Almost 20 years later, the iMentor Staff Retreat was held at a giant event room at Baruch College, attended by over 150 staff from four regional offices, including the Bay Area, Chicago, Baltimore and NYC, wearing their own region’s iMentor branded t-shirts. For me, it was a sight to behold!
The full staff at the iMentor Staff Retreat
Mike O’Brien, the CEO, moderated the panel. We shared our “origin” story, what motivated each of us, and where we would like to see iMentor in the future. iMentor is celebrating its 20th anniversary next month at a fancy dinner at Cipriani, honoring its founding Board President John Griffin and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. It’s wild! I’m looking forward to celebrating with everyone.
It made me SO happy to see Rich, Matt and Mike again. I’ve missed these guys.
Since my last Note, I’ve facilitated two Chief Core Group meetings for the women leaders assigned to me. Meeting One focused on the past, and Meeting Two was future focused. I’ll be facilitating the first meeting for my second Core Group later this month.
What I appreciate about Chief is the strong structure and systems it continues to develop for the Guides (I’m one of them!). So as the company grows exponentially, they take the time to develop policies to quickly address the growing pain, instead of handling our inquiries and requests one off. Their support allows me to focus on being present for our group meetings, and to help the women leaders deepen their connection.
Thank you for sending your gorgeous summer vacation photos, as well as words of encouragement in response to my August Note. Many of you are, or have been on Team Caroline over the years, and I hope I can be there for you too. Let me know what you are up to this fall!
Brooklyn Silent Film Festival Trailer
Joey Angerone, a friend of friend, made a short silent film called Stamenigma, and my daughter got to act in it. It was a special experience, not only because she’s never done anything like that, but also because she plays the younger version of my dear friend, Eumi Ahn, in the movie.
To top it off, the film made it to two local film festivals, and my husband and I had the opportunity to see it on big screen at the Brooklyn Silent Film Festival last week. She even made it in the festival trailer! She’s the one in a pink dress and black moto jacket.
My husband and I, still in our work clothes, were totally out of place in the uber cool venue in Bushwick. After sitting through seven other silent films—after a long day of work—we will never complain about having to sit through other kids’ performances at a piano recital again. Haha! But it was so much fun. We were so proud of our kid, and also swept away with the creative spirit of everyone in the room and on the screen.