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Minute Mentoring Comes To Houston

February 5, 2010

Houston Sixty future women leaders from the Houston area will gain the unique perspectives and advice of some of the country's most successful women in politics and business at the Minute Mentoring event taking place Friday, February 5 at the offices of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. The event begins at 4 p.m. with Former First Lady Barbara Bush "blowing the whistle" to kick off a series of 10-minute mentoring sessions between Mentors and Mentees.

Dana Perino teamed up with Bracewell & Giuliani's Susan Molinari to create Minute Mentoring, a unique, round robin-style forum in which accomplished female professionals share their experiences with their young professional counterparts during the rapid-fire meetings. The Houston event will include some of the city's most accomplished professionals as well as nationally-known political leaders. Mentors include, among others, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, former Rep. Susan Molinari, and executives from major corporations headquartered in Houston including Continental Airlines, Chevron Energy, Shell Oil Company and Linn Energy. 

"Mentoring opportunities for young women are too few and far between," said Minute Mentoring founder and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino. "Supply can't keep up with demand and minute mentoring is a program that brings together women of exceptional accomplishment with younger women anxious to follow in their footsteps. The response of the mentors in Houston has been overwhelming, their enthusiasm is catching and their commitment is humbling."

The Houston event builds on the success of the first Minute Mentoring event, held at Bracewell & Giuliani's Washington, D.C. office in November 2009. The Washington, D.C. event featured some of the capital's most powerful women as Mentors meeting with professional staff Mentees from Congress, executive agencies and the news media.

"We've come a long way in the workforce, but that doesn't mean we don't still have to overcome more hurdles—lots of them," said Molinari, who worked with Perino to develop the Minute Mentoring concept. "The mentors participating today have broken barriers to be successful, and they're anxious to share their experiences with those who will benefit. Our experience from the Washington, D.C. event is that both mentees and mentors learn something from one another.  One of our goals is for mentees to possibly discover a talent or opportunity they may not have recognized previously."

Twenty Mentors (list attached) will meet with 60 Houston-area Mentees, who rotate to new Mentors every 10 minutes. After sharing experiences and best practices regarding career and leadership goals, the event concludes with an opportunity for everyone to network over light refreshments.

"Bracewell & Giuliani is proud to once again host Minute Mentoring," said Mark C. Evans, the firm's managing partner. "The feedback from both Mentors and Mentees has been great, and we look forward to continuing to expand the program to other cities across the country."