On Thursday, October 20th, our high school, female Littles had the unique opportunity to share dinner and conversation with professional women speaking on their personal experiences and motivations for succeeding in a variety of careers.
The Third Annual Live BIG event, held at the Saddle & Cycle Club, was generously sponsored by BBBSMC Board Member Debra Beinstein and Leslie Smith, Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Beinstein, a former Big, developed the event to form a community of strong women that could support both Big Brothers Big Sisters and each other.
"When I had this idea three years ago, my goal was to put 10 of my professional female friends in a room with an equal number of high school age girls from the program,” said Beinstein. “Right away we could see that there was interest in this idea from the Littles. I just did not know whether professional women would be eager to give away their scarce free time. I am very grateful to say that each year we exceed our goal in bringing a new record number of professionals who willingly give their time to help our Littles, and these women always leave the event impressed by the quality of the relationships between our Littles and their Bigs."
Throughout the evening, guests shared their career paths with our matches, focusing on key discussion topics: choosing a job that’s the right cultural fit, finding mentors throughout your career, learning from failure and aspiring to leadership.
Some lasting words from the evening came from Tilden Career Community Academy faculty member Michael Finney, who recently engaged his first all-female class to take part in our Flex Mentoring Program:
“Ladies, you have all the power in this world to change this world – to change your household, your schools, your neighborhood.”