Could a Robot be a Mentor ?

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The True Gift and Meaning of Mentorship

There’s that moment in time when you hear someone thank you in an emotional tribute and your initial response is “wow”, is she really talking about me?  Naturally, it’s followed by tears, which you silently try to wipe away as black lines of mascara run down your face. It’s a moment of affirmation, when you realize that sharing your own stories, however big or small and just being there to listen and answer questions from your own life perspective really does make a difference in someone else’s  life.

I’m referring to Mentorship …I’d just returned from a weekend at the awe-inspiring, mind expanding Nantucket Project, where one of the many subjects discussed was how soon artificial intelligence will become ubiquitous in our everyday lives and is certain to replace many activities which exist today.

However, as I witness Priscilla, a young women I’ve been lucky enough to mentor for the past few years stand in front of an audience of 300 women and share her story with raw honesty, dignity and strength, I’m reminded that nothing is more integral to humanity than human interaction and emotion.

Think about it for a moment …could a robot mentor a young woman, give her a real hug and be there emotionally for her?

Witnessing  Priscilla, I felt like a proud parent, as she  demonstrated strength of character, not just by displaying her resiliency, perseverance and determination, but most importantly by acknowledging her vulnerability.

She reminded the audience that having a strong mentor who could provide guidance, empathize with her journey, and understood first hand,what it means to be an immigrant was a true source of inspiration. The comparison struck a cord within me and is why I believe the Universe, God, and or the Angels, had lead me to become Priscilla’s mentor.

It’s clear Artificial intelligence will become part of our everyday world. However, sitting in the room with like minded women who care about assisting and educating young women, I can’t help but think that the human spirit and emotion, the invisible cord that binds us, is one that technology/artificial intelligence will never truly understand or replace.

The wisdom of the human spirit is a universal gift for each of us to hold onto, even more now as we navigate the chaos of our world. It’s the thread that unites people from all walks of life.

We each impact each other daily and it doesn’t matter if you mentor one or one hundred young people in your lifetime, the opportunity to connect and build a relationship with someone you probably wouldn’t have otherwise known, someone who you can help rise up, is priceless!

Thanks to organizations such a WELI and Hartnell college who understand the need for investment in young people through mentorship programs. Foundations which match those willing with young women who not only want a better life for themselves but also for generations to come…they are the ones who will pay it forward,  they are the ones who will help us have balance and humanity in our world.

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Own it, Feel it, Live it with love, compassion and humanity!

Diane xo

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