Feeling isolated and disconnected during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ana Kay Yaghoubian, Director of Building for Success in School and Life at United Way of Southwestern PA, was questioning how to find community and meaningful interactions. She found her answer scrolling through LinkedIn one day – Pennsylvania Women Work’s 3 Cups of Coffee mentoring program.
“The pandemic was very difficult, especially for those of us who are extroverted and used to being in an office environment and with people every day,” said Ana Kay.
Ana Kay began volunteering as a 3 Cups of Coffee mentor shortly after learning about the program. Using her diverse experiences, she connected with mentees and helped transform their professional goals into achievable actions and milestones.
“As you embark on every new stage of your life, I think it’s important to do it in solidarity with other women,” said Ana Kay.
Looking back fondly on her own past mentors and the impact they had on her career, Ana Kay feels called to share her wisdom with young women and women transitioning in the workplace.
“I’ve learned a lot from the women and mentors in my life,” said Ana Kay. “I feel like if there is any piece of that that I can give to other women, I have a responsibility to do that.”
Ana Kay continues to make a difference in the lives of job-seeking women as a 3 Cups of Coffee mentor. If you’re interested in joining us as a volunteer, sign up today.