Gourani travels the world as part of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program, for which she speaks to government, business, academic and cultural leaders to encourage them to share their network and wealth of knowledge with others.

As a young adult, she says mentorship was not as socially acceptable. She often heard questions like, “Do you need a mentor because you don’t know how to do your job?”

“A lot of young people think they have to grow older until they can reach out to mentors,” Gourani says. “But that is not the case.”

Instead, she recommends you just “get out there.”

“You need to have a clear picture of what kind of mentor you need,” she says. “But most importantly, think about, ‘Who do I want to become?’ because your mentor should be someone who you aspire to be.”

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