In response to Facing Gender Bias…

In response to what happened yesterday at the small business development center, yourattitudeI stopped by there today and asked the receptionist if she would set up an appointment for me with a new mentor. She asked if there was a problem, and I said yes. I was hesitant to say exactly what happened, but I did tell her that I was uncomfortable.

As we talked, I did tell her some of the things he said, and I told her how discouraged I was when I left the meeting yesterday. I told her I had worked hard on my business, and was disappointed  with the way I was treated. I told her I thought about never coming back to the office, but that I didn’t want to miss out on a positive experience that may happen with another mentor.

The receptionist said she was sorry the mentor said those things, and she thanked me for telling her what happened. She said unless people voice what makes them upset, the company has no idea what is going on and can do nothing to address the situation. She is now working on setting up a new mentor for me.

I’m glad I went back to the office and addressed the situation. I was kind and as professional as I could be, while telling the truth about how I felt and what was said. It’s an example of how I have the power to choose how I will respond to my circumstances, and how a negative experience can make me a stronger person.

***Read what happened the next day, and the next week

Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, and blogs for Lady by Design. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.

© Rachael Hartman 2014

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