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Women's Impact launches mentor program

FARGO - The world doesn't need women to play small.Cris Linnares, founder of the nonprofit Women's Impact, repeated the message that women shouldn't be afraid to speak up and pursue their dreams during an International Women's Day celebration Tue...

Cris Linnares, founder of Women's Impact, speaks at the organization’s annual International Women's Day celebration Tuesday at the Fargo County Club. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Cris Linnares, founder of Women's Impact, speaks at the organization’s annual International Women's Day celebration Tuesday at the Fargo County Club. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO - The world doesn't need women to play small. Cris Linnares, founder of the nonprofit Women's Impact, repeated the message that women shouldn't be afraid to speak up and pursue their dreams during an International Women's Day celebration Tuesday at the Fargo Country Club. "Playing small is not going to serve our families or our communities," Linnares said. The third annual International Women's Day event hosted by Women's Impact also served as the launch of the nonprofit's expanded mission and website. Since 2011, Women's Impact has worked to create opportunities for women to connect and empower each other, Linnares said, including hosting monthly networking events.

Cris Linnares, founder of Women's Impact, speaks at the organization’s annual International Women's Day celebration Tuesday at the Fargo County Club. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Cris Linnares, founder of Women's Impact, speaks at the organization’s annual International Women's Day celebration Tuesday at the Fargo County Club. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Now, the nonprofit is creating a "rent-a-mentor" community. Women are encouraged to create a profile on www.womensimpact.org, listing what expertise they can offer and what they'd like to learn. Rent-a-mentor participants would be asked to commit to one to three phone calls or video messaging conversations a month. There is no fee to participate; women instead are encouraged to "pay it forward." Linnares said it's not fair that mentoring programs are often expensive or too time intensive for many women, which is why the rent-a-mentor program is free and accessible for busy women. Women are also invited to create short video messages, or vlogs, for the Women's Impact website, sharing a piece of knowledge that would help other women become their best selves. The videos can be emailed to vlog@womensimpact.org. Also announced Tuesday, the group is accepting donations for its newly formed W.I.S.E. Award - Women's Impact Scholarships for Education - which provides financial support for training, educational courses and conferences. "Women's Impact is not about being perfect," Linnares said. "It's about pushing each other to the next level."

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