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Financial Pro Meryl Afrika Shares the Power of Peer Mentors

Don't overlook the value in these relationships

As a Black woman and immigrant in the finance world, mentorship has played a critical role in my career development. However, my most valuable mentors have all been informal connections, and many of them were not very senior people.

Instead, they’ve been either peers or just incrementally above me in my career. There’s so much value in this type of relationship that people tend to overlook.

People often think they want a very seasoned executive to mentor them. But I’ve found that sometimes it’s people who are closer to where you are in your career who actually give you better advice because they better understand your position.

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