Congratulations to Abigail Hofmann for being selected as our Mentee of the Month for November. Abigail is a Finance and Economics major at the Seton Hall University. She connected with her mentor and longtime FWA member, Madhumita Chakrabartti as part of the FWA-New Jersey Seton Hall Mentoring program.
1. What can you tell us about yourself (your background, family, interests, etc.)?
My name is Abigail Hofmann, I’m from Fort Collins, Colorado, studying Finance and Economics. I interned with Kaiser Permanente after my Sophomore and Junior year doing process improvement and Robotic Process Automation and will be continuing this post-graduation. My favorite thing to do when home is going on hikes, paddle boarding, and kayaking with my Australian Shepherd. I also love skiing with my mom, brother, and friends.
2. What do you do with your mentor?
Madhumita and I instantly got along very well and often meet up for lunches or check-ins via phone calls. We both love traveling and would share stories of our adventures. One time I went to her house and she taught me how to cook a few traditional Indian dishes! Since we are both very busy, when we do get the chance meet, it is always amazing. Madhumita is so great at texting and checking in to make sure that things are going well personally and academically.
3. How does your mentor guide you towards an ideal future vision for yourself?
I tend to think too long term. If I want to make a decision that doesn’t fit into a 10-year plan, I’m hesitant to take the risk. Madhumita knows this about me so well and reminds me often how many options exist post-graduation and that it’s impossible to perfectly plan so much. Over the last three years, Madhumita has been very deliberate with how she understands me and my goals and is very good at guiding and pushing me outside of my boundaries. She’s not afraid to tell me when I’m overthinking, and she’s always been there to help me prep for interviews or weigh different opportunities.
4. Tell us about one experience in the FWA mentoring program that has made you feel empowered, inspired, or motivated?
One of my favorite parts about FWA is that just because you are paired with a mentor doesn’t mean you don’t interact with the other mentors during the group meet ups. The mentors are so willing to support all of us as much as they can. One time, I sought advice from another mentor, Josefina Tranfa-Abboud, about whether I should study abroad and if that would help my long-term prospects of getting a job offer post-graduation. She responded wisely and explained that if I did what I loved, I would find jobs and companies who respected and loved the same things as me. She said that employers would not only be more likely to hire me, but I would find a better company culture fit. She reminded me that women spend too much time overthinking things, but when we do what we love, we’re surrounded by other people who support us in that and end up loving our job and our career.
5. What have you learned about yourself while being part of the mentoring program?
Looking back on who I was before joining FWA, I realize I knew nothing about myself and my abilities. My confidence hadn’t manifested itself, so I spent a lot of time making decisions based on what others thought of me and I had put too many limitations on myself. FWA taught me that women can really do anything in the workforce and play any role they want. I was taught confidence when participating in group projects or club meetings with mostly male peers. I learned how to capitalize on my natural talents while feeling comfortable and willing to grow in my weaknesses regardless of being a woman. Without knowing how to do that, I absolutely would not be ready for the work world post-graduation, and I wish every graduating woman had an opportunity to learn these things as well. I’m forever grateful to FWA and Madhumita for this vital skill.
Interested in Mentoring?
Given how important mentoring is, you could be a key source of knowledge to a young woman seeking guidance with developing her career. To learn more about FWA mentoring and to get involved contact: