#MentorMeet: Brateil Aghasi

Every week, we will be interviewing and getting to know individuals within our MentorMe Learning community in hopes of inspiring and connecting people. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in being featured or would like to know how to join our growing mentorbase, DM us today! This week on #MentorMeet: meet Brateil! CEO of @WISEplace , an OC nonprofit serving women in need with housing, health and wellness services, employment assistance, and much more!

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✨What are you passionate about?

“SO much to be passionate about! I am passionate about creating an equitable community for all. I love to disturb broken systems and bureaucracies to break down barriers to create sustainable and equitable communities.”

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✨What does “mentoring” mean to you?

“To me, mentoring means building a genuine interest in someone with trust, support and transparency so you can empower someone to be their best.”

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✨What goals/NY Resolutions have you set for yourself in 2021?

“My goal was to reset in 2021. Operating a homeless shelter in 2020 during a pandemic was a bit of survival mode so resetting in 2021 was important to me. Personally, and professionally, I wanted to get back to big ambitions, big goals, and future planning. It’s difficult to look ahead and dream big in 2021, but I pushed myself to look forward even though there was uncertainty in the world. If hiccups happen, then I'll just adjust. So far, we're house searching and got a dog!”

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✨Is there someone in your life who has been a mentor to you in an unexpected way?

“As a newer CEO, so many men and women have stepped up to help mentor me. I have sought out different people from different backgrounds and it's helped immensely. What makes them mentors is they don’t figure things out for me, but they listen and help direct me and point out any blind spots.”

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✨If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

“Find balance and set boundaries. I have a lot of grit, so I'm able to work 6-7 days a week for 18-20 hour days when needed. But pushing so hard shouldn't be the norm. I wish I would have found balance much earlier in life. Although the work hard-play hard philosophy works well for someone like me.”

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✨What other small businesses or nonprofits do you admire?

“Any small business owner and nonprofits are my hero's, especially in this C19 environment. Seeing people pivot and adjust has been very admirable. People who don’t just complain about the situation, but help the community to still thrive. Besides @WISEPlace, I specifically admire @weareoneoc and @girlsinc_oc as Orange County nonprofits who continue to do phenomenal work and bring value to our community.”

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