Margot Gives Girls and Women Access to Mentorship Globally

Regardless of their situation!

Products by Women
Mar 23 · 5 min read

Founder and CEO Joss Richard is an Emmy Award winning Producer who was born and raised in Toronto, where she worked as a Television Producer before moving to Los Angeles. At the age of 28, Joss has won a Daytime Emmy Award and worked at Netflix, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Walt Disney Company creating digital content and managing their content strategy.

Joss has pivoted to the entrepreneurial world when she realized there was a gap in women’s access to mentorship and that women struggle with asking to be compensated for their time and knowledge.

About Margot:

Margot is an inclusive online network helping women and gender-marginalized individuals find mentors, provide virtual 1:1 time with them, and the first platform to normalize women being compensated for their knowledge. We currently have 50+ mentors across various leadership levels and industries such as STEM, Medicine, Business & Finance, Publishing, Education, Health & Wellness, Beauty & Fashion, and Film & Television.

In addition to advocating for women being paid, Margot provides a Give Back Program; which provides free mentorship to girls and women in communities with socio economic barriers.

You are an Emmy Award winning Producer — what made you pivot into entrepreneurship?

I am so appreciative of my career in television and digital media. I was able to attend events, red carpets, and meet A-List celebrities — it was an amazing time in my life. Unfortunately, when the events of 2020 happened, I realized that I wanted to use my skills towards a bigger impact in the world.

I’ve always had entrepreneurial blood, but it was when I was having a session with one of my own mentors, I realized how crucial it is for all women to have a mentor. As I did more digging, I realized that there were three huge gaps. Women don’t have enough resources to find a mentor, most women don’t feel comfortable asking to be paid for their time and knowledge, and lastly, girls and women in marginalized communities don’t have access to free mentorship. It was then I decided to close all three.

What is Margot and how does it work?

Margot is an inclusive online network helping women and gender-marginalized individuals find mentors, provide virtual 1:1 time with them, and normalize women being compensated for their knowledge.

We currently have 50+ mentors who are carefully approved across various leadership levels and industries such as STEM, Business & Finance, Publishing, Education, Health & Wellness, Beauty & Fashion, and Film & Television. All of our mentors choose their own rates and commitment level.

A user can find a mentor based on their industry and years of experience and book either a 20 minute, 45-minute, or three 45-minute package based on the mentor’s availability. Once the session is approved, a calendar invite with a Zoom link will be sent to both the mentor and mentee.

In addition to advocating for women being paid, Margot provides a Give Back Program; which provides free mentorship to girls and women in communities with socio economic barriers.

What’s Margot’s vision and mission?

Our goal at Margot is to give girls and women access to mentorship globally, regardless of their situation, and create a space where women feel empowered to advocate for themselves being compensated.

Why is mentorship important for women?

To be able to have a relationship with someone who can guide you on a personal and professional level is invaluable. Being able to sit down with someone and have them ask, “where are you now?”, “where do you want to go?”, and “how can I help you get there?” isn’t something that women can find through “networking”. I have experienced both ends of the spectrum where I have been a mentee and I’ve also been a mentor, and no matter what age or point you’re at in your life, mentorship is beneficial for everyone involved.

If you surround yourself with inspiring, strong women, you will be influenced to push towards greatness too. Mentorship allows you to feel heard and empowered to always do better.

What’s your proudest achievement so far?

I feel really blessed to have multiple achievements I’m proud of; landing my dream job, being able to move to LA, and winning a Daytime Emmy Award have all been surreal, and they are moments that I am finally, for the first time in my life owning up to.

I will say that creating Margot; building this business and community from scratch, by myself, and with my own money, is my proudest accomplishment yet. None of it was easy, but to be able to look back and say “I did that” will forever be up there.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d give aspiring entrepreneurs just starting out?

Go for it! I know it sounds cheesy, but we truly only live one life, so do not let anything stop you from creating the life or job you aspire to have. Do not let the fear of failure stop you either, because, in the end, you will learn so much despite the outcome. When I was contemplating starting Margot, I had a friend say to me “Just do it, because you do not know who is having this exact same conversation. If you don’t do it, someone else will.” That was the push I needed.

There are so many innovative women all over the world and so many resources available, so if you don’t do it, I guarantee someone else will.

What’s the biggest risk you ever took? Explain what it was, what could have happened if it had gone wrong, and the end result of the risk.

Although creating Margot was a huge financial risk, I would say moving to Los Angeles by myself, when I was 23 was the biggest decision I could have made. At the time, I was living in Toronto and had a job I loved.

I took the risk and threw that all away to move to a city where I didn’t know anyone and had nothing lined up. Now looking at how my life turned out, if I chose to play it safe and stayed in Toronto, that would have been the biggest mistake I would have ever made.

Products by Women (aka PBW) is a diverse global community offering skill-based mentorship and professional development opportunities for girls and women in tech and beyond! We are laser-focused on:

  • Reducing gender inequalities in tech and closing the pay gap by democratizing skill-based education for women and girls.
  • Support women led ventures.
  • Re-engaging women (especially moms) back into the workforce post the COVID-19 crises.

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