Do you know what Napoleon Hill said?

Napoleon Hill said that it is literally true that you can succeed better and faster by helping others to succeed. I’m not 100% sure that that was what the MET Community founder, Yanire Braña, thought when, a few years ago, she decided to create this organization. But I don’t think I’m wrong if I say that she probably agrees with me if, in addition, I tell her that success for me is the progressive realization of a dream. Thank you, José Ballesteros for defining it this way a few years ago.

Since September 2007, when MET Community was created, many things have happened in our international organization that has been promoting women’s entrepreneurship for more than ten years and already has a presence in six Latin American, US and Asian countries. There have been 10 ForoMETs in Panama, Medellín, Bogotá, Washington, D.C. and Bilbao; we have witnessed, some from the beginning, different mentoring programs (national and international); we have participated in several METworking (some face-to-face and others virtual); the number of mentees and mentors who are part of the MET family has multiplied; the MET methodology has been strengthened; and our appearance in different social networks has been increasing. These are just some examples of what, thanks to Yanire’s first step almost a decade ago, has been achieved in MET Community.

For me, the great success of the program is in the effort of the mentees who have participated in the different countries where MET Community is present, and thanks to that the clear majority of them have made their dreams come true. And that is the fundamental and one of the great objectives of MET.

Well, in a few days, on March 23, we will celebrate in the Sala Garate of the University of Deusto, the closing of the second edition of the mentoring program in Bilbao and the launch of the third mentoring program for entrepreneurs in Euskadi. A program we developed in collaboration with the University of Deusto, the Deusto Entrepreneurship Center and theDeusto Business School. I admit, again, that I am more than proud to be part of this organization.

I want to take this opportunity to tell you that the last few months have been very intense, with a lot of work done, a few (productive) meetings, the incorporation of a very valuable person to the Bilbao team (that’s you, Irune) and many ideas (thoughts and actions) that we have shared among the small-great team of people that make the Bilbao team. Day by day, and from our possibilities, we are doing everything we can to improve the services we offer through the mentoring, training and accompaniment programs for entrepreneur women led by MET Community. Thanks to Antonio, Virginia and Irune for making things easier. And thanks, of course, to Yanire, Juanita, Camila, Diana, Paula, Elena and MªJosé who, from “distance” are our great support (what would we do without social networks?). This is a dream, Yanire’s dream, that all of us are making true every day.

The event will be attended by representatives of the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the City of Bilbao, who will offer us their vision on women’s entrepreneurship in Euskadi and will share the programs and actions that are being undertaken to support the Basque entrepreneurs. In addition, we will enjoy the presence of Yanire Braña, recently arrived from Washington D.C., where she lives.

At the event, the certificates of participation will be delivered to the 10 mentees of the 2015-2016 program that I presented to you some months ago. Both, mentors and their mentees, will offer their impressions on the impact of the mentoring program on their personal and professional development, as well as on the benefits of belonging to the MET Community.

The event will be closed by Guillermo Dorronsoro, dean of Deusto Business School and MET Community advisor, along with Tontxu Campos. We thank you for trusting us and MET Community. To close this party, the attendees can enjoy a farewell lunch celebrating in that way, for the moment, our METworking.

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying your company on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., in the Sala Garate of the University of Deusto (located in the cloister of the Paraninfo). For this, you only have to register in the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.es/e/entradas-evento-de-clausura-del-ii-programa-de-mentoring-del-pais-vasco-31599195043?aff=ehomecard

And if you want more information you can contact us through the following e-mails: virginia@metcommunity.org / arantza@metcommunity.org, as well as visit us on our website:www.metcommunity.org

I hope to see you on Thursday; until then, be happy.

Translated by María Ubierna Quintanilla and supervised by Arantza Arruti.

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