Kassidy Brown
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January 2013, The Wayland.

team captain.

What does mentorship mean to you?

“I never realized how much validation I was missing until I developed a relationship with a female mentor. For years I had a male mentor, who was and is still wonderful – his wisdom and professional experience will forever be key to my progress. However, he was not able to provide me with the type of support I was really seeking, especially in this phase of my career.

As a 27-year-old entrepreneur, critical advice and feedback from veterans in my field is crucial to my success. A few years ago, I created and launched a non-profit production company called Journey of Action, and I’m about to launch my first for-profit production company called Citizen.

Having a vision is key to success. But, it’s my belief that to fortify your vision you need to have real-life, tactile, touch points. I believe that you can’t be what you can’t see and, furthermore, I believe that it is your job to seek out those individuals who already embody the attributes you yourself are trying to acquire. Don’t underestimate the power of proximity – you can learn an incredible amount simply from being around your role models. Get clear on who you are now, who you are becoming and then find the individuals who’ve mapped out and walked a similar path to the one you’re about to embark on.

I strongly encourage other women to find at least one female mentor. We’ve come a long way, but the road to success has been a more tumultuous trek for women. The women who’ve come before have fought battles and navigated the subtleties that can undo you if you aren’t prepared.”

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I’d been working at The Paley Center for only a few weeks before meeting Kassidy. A Women@Paley board meeting had been arranged for the day and I was expecting a table full of older, successful, and funny women. Kassidy is definitely successful and funny but imagine my surprise when she turned out to be a twenty-something redhead babe!

She and I being the youngest women in the room by about fifteen years was exciting but after the meeting and over the next few weeks I was even more impressed by her brain, confidence, and chill attitude. She doesn’t wait for things to happen and uses her smart femininity to leverage ideas and action. Kassidy’s ideas on mentorship and the importance of women teaching women are absolutely aligned with mine and Jen’s. I have a huge girl crush on this Girl I Know and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

- Anna