VCWoman Achieve Mentee Spotlight | Crystal Haner

Posted on October 24, 2023
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We are so excited to introduce you to an ongoing series where we celebrate the success and achievements of the amazing members of Woman Achieve. Meet Crystal Haner one of our mentees!

The Venture Center: What major changes has your company experienced throughout this year-long program?

Crystal Haner:

Through my experience with the 2022 Spark Accelerator Program, I knew I was going to get even more out of the VC Woman Achieve Program. Transitioning into my third year of business I knew I wanted to continue learning and building connections and meaningful relationships that would last throughout my business journey. 

What value has the mentorship program brought to you both personally and professionally?

The value of this mentorship program lies in the connections made and the relationships built throughout the process. By fostering an environment of support, encouragement, and shared experiences, the program has helped me refine my business strategy, navigate challenges, and expand my skills and professional network all while making me feel empowered and equipped to succeed both personally and professionally.

What’s your favorite piece of advice that you received while in this program?

Allyson Lewis’s advice that “time is your most valuable currency” emphasized the importance of prioritizing and utilizing time effectively. Listening to Allyson talk about challenges she personally faced both personally and professionally while building her business was inspiring and extremely relatable. Allyson’s 7-minute life worksheet, which focuses on setting priorities and maximizing productivity provided me with the framework for improving where and how I spend my time and has helped me immensely with rebuilding my business.

What advice would you give to those interested in applying for this program?

If you love to learn, network, and want to feel empowered and inspired by the best, this program is FOR YOU!!!! I would encourage anyone interested in the program to be vulnerable and not be scared to ask questions and to be intentional on what you want to get out of this program both personally and professionally.