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We started the new year with a wonderful event on January 10th. We hosted our bi-annual Mentor Appreciation Day with Cansen Basaran-Symes, Chief of the Board at Allianz Turkey at Perili Köşk. We would like to thank Cansen Basaran-Symes for sharing her career tips and Borusan Holding for hosting us. The cozy roundtable discussion was lovely and lively!

On January 11th, we held the first MentorWIN Learning Circle of 2018 with our MentorWIN participants on "Search for Meaning in Mindfulness" with Gamze Bayraktaroğlu, Founder of Motiva International Coaching and Training Services.

In today’s world, it is very important to have awareness about how we process what is going on around us. The growing uncertainty becomes difficult to deal with. We all translate this difficulty differently in our internal worlds. Mindfulness is one of the very effective approaches to be emotionally centered and clear-minded in the midst of VUCA environment.

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. Led by Gamze, this workshop gave us a tiny introduction of the ͞Search Inside Yourself͟ tips and tricks! Developed at Google and based on the latest in neuroscience research, the Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program teaches attention and mindfulness training that build the core emotional intelligence skills needed for effective leadership.

Who does not need a refresher? We all do! Our first MentorWIN Refresher was led by Bahar Moralıgil Kağıtçıbaşı, our MentorWIN Advisory Circle Lead, on February 25th. For newcomers, the TurkishWIN mentoring program matches TurkishWINners with peer-to-peer, senior-to-junior, Diaspora-Turkey, or local-local mentor/mentee connections. We recommend that our matched mentors/mentees have at least 6 meetings in this six months long program and meet more frequently in the first couple of months. After six months, you will decide whether to continue or end the program.

We thank our rock star MentorWIN interns Dilek Şaşkın, Tunya Irkad, and Müge Fırsat for all of your hard work and dedication in our programs!

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