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During the 2021 ESSENCE GU Summit, Girls United Associate Editor D’Shonda Brown was joined by Host & Creator Michelle Blue, Miss Black International Ambassador Pageant Executive Director Chelsea Thompson and McDonald’s Owner/Operator Danesha Smith to talk all about making the transition from mentee to mentor in an insightful conversation presented by McDonald’s.

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For young women of color, it can seem impossible to find someone who looks like you to help navigate the ins and outs of your desired career path. If you’ve been wondering where to start, how to find a mentor, or how to take the first steps towards becoming a mentor yourself, these ladies have you covered. Scroll through to check out five things we learned from the panel about seeking or providing guidance to jumpstart a career, venture into a new industry, or simply solicit sound advice on the next move to make as a young adult.

Check out the video above to watch the conversation in full.

The 2021 Girls United Summit is presented by CBS Original The Equalizer and sponsored by American Airlines and McDonald’s.

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