Written By: Andrea Sanchez-Mendoza
In celebration of Women’s History Month:
We are honoring and celebrating women who inspire us through our blog series. This month we are featuring Dimple Jobanputra, a social justice advocate, and alumna of the Represented community. Throughout this article, you will learn more about her work at the intersection of philanthropy and real estate, including her thoughts on mentorship as a vital component of the empowerment for women of color.
Each time that I have a recurring meeting scheduled, (and also lead said meeting) I like to begin with a short, grounding question. It provides my colleagues with a little space to breathe and stretch their mental muscles, but it also helps to transition their thoughts away from whatever situation might have just been consuming their attention, in the most humane way, possible. I saw the need first, during peak quarantine of last year, when I was beginning to grow my team. Given that we were all working from small, corners, countertops or couches of our NYC apartments, and at any moment they, --or I, could have been just moments removed from a covid-19 influenced breakdown, I needed some way to start meetings that wouldn’t add to the trauma.
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