We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandra Abi-Rashed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandra, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I’ve always believed that what makes the Mentoro mentoring program different is its sense of community and belonging. The movement is supported by an engaged community of mentors and mentees who feel personally and deeply invested in its mission. It’s this sense of community that provides mentors and mentees the opportunity to be part of a tribe, a tight knit community that aligns with their personal values, while delivering on a duality of purpose and meaning. I sincerely believe that when any project aligns with a person’s core values, the result is an intrinsic sense of belonging which translates into organic growth and success. The truth is, ultimately, we all thrive for a sense of community. And we all know this need for personal connections and community has only been amplified with the current climate, making Mentoro even more relevant as there has never been a stronger need for mentorship.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mentoro is a non-profit movement that connects young professionals with accomplished mentors who are ready to share their knowledge, advice and experiences. We believe that a simple conversation (over coffee), with the right mentor, can have a concrete impact. Our mantra: Changing the world, one coffee at a time. In each cohort, we identify 25 experts across various sectors and we invite potential mentees with 3 to 5 years of work experience to apply. Mentees accepted into the program are paired with a mentor for a period of six months. Our latest cohort launched in October 2020 in Miami with over 25 mentors from various verticals in the Luxury industry. We are also happy to announce that we are currently recruiting mentors for a new Mentoro cohort based out of New York that will be focused on the Retail industry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would kick-start the morning with a sunrise paddle in Biscayne Bay then head over for some caffeine at Tinta y Café, the new hot spot in Miami Shores. Stroll down through Little Haiti and to Mimo for early brunch at Pinch Kitchen to indulge in their amazing K-town Guac and Pinch Burger. Afterwards, we head straight to Wynwood to wander the streets absorbing the art and murals. I’d make it a point to stop at two mandatory dessert spots: the Salty Donut for the most delectable donuts, and Cielito for one-of-a-kind frozen artisan pops. Before dinner, we would try to catch Paula’s yoga class at Green Monkey Studio (ideally the outdoor class on 1111 Lincoln Road), and end the day on the rooftop patio at The Citadel for great cocktails, dinner and sunset views.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Karen Monteagudo Water Women Collective Miami Email: email@example.com
FIRST PICTURE (WITH COLORS AND LATERNS): Credit: Femke Tewari Photography ALL OTHER PICTURES OF THE MIAMI MENTORO EVENT Credit: Guillaume Rabérin