As The Mask You Live In sparks a much needed global conversation, I want to take a moment to thank the incredible mentors in my life.
From my husband California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom – inspiring me with his incredible work ethic, thirst for knowledge, and courage to right cultural injustices. To Regina Kulik Scully – always the first to believe in and invest in me as a filmmaker and non-profit leader. To Jan Yanehiro – constantly pointing out a good story and how to be my best communicator, not to mention best self. To Maria Shriver – whose thought-leadership, guidance, and compassion continue to be invaluable to me as we roll out our work with boys and men.
Mentors play a pivotal role in all of our lives. They help us challenge limiting notions and encourage thoughtful behavior. In the boardroom, classroom, or stadium, their guidance helps us stay true to who we really are and strive to be. That’s why this week, we’re asking you to thank one of your mentors by sending this letter along with a note of gratitude. You can even take it to the next level by being a more committed mentor to someone in your life.
Together, we can encourage a culture of positive mentorship, free from limiting stereotypes. Remember, mentorship is a two-way street. It’s up to all of us to show future generations the power of a life of meaning and purpose that goes beyond ourselves.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom