This is not really something that I think honors this project as it should because I do it anyway ...
I do a lot of volunteer work, but my absolute favorite thing is the mentoring relationship I started with a young German woman who is a graduate student at Virginia Tech. We meet once a week or as her schedule permits -- I buy the breakfast, and we cover any and all issues that are pressing on her at the time. Sometimes it's about her career aspirations or the pressures of the PhD program, sometimes it's work-life balance, sometimes it's health, or maybe even her fiance back in Germany.
I'm always invigorated by our time together (this morning was one of our get togethers), so I feel like I get as much or more out of it as she does .... another reason it shouldn't count for this project!
Anyway, in a couple of weeks, Gretchen and I will be part of a project that she conceived and that I've enlisted some other women to participate in that will be open to a larger audience of women in the university's graduate programs. We're calling them "fireside chats" although there may or may not be a fireplace involved, but several of us who've been in business or professions will sit with the students and just let them direct the discussion into the topics that concern them, hopefully giving them some insights or feedback from our lessons learned.
Should be fun.