Frequently Asked Questions
How does OwnTrail help women?
Our goal is to serve the 75% of women that aren’t giving or getting the mentorship they want. OwnTrail reimagines what mentorship looks like by creating a new paradigm: combining the life paths of a large, diverse range of women in order to provide the insight, inspiration and action that women are seeking. Read more about our vision and what’s next on our trail.
What’s the best way to create my trail?
Just like there is no one right path through life, there is not one right way to share your trail! Don’t stress about the starting point — you can add, edit and rearrange the order at any time. We recommend starting with 5-10 key milestones that feel meaningful in your life so far. Write as much or as little as you’d like to, and come back to add to your trail as inspiration hits and as you experience new milestones. Still not sure where to start? Get inspired by these trails!
Why do you ask for my identities?
We ask for this optional information on your profile so that womxn may filter trails to explore those of women who share their same identities (ethnicity, ability and sexual orientation) because it’s important to see the journeys of people who “look” like us.
Do I need to use my real name / can I be anonymous?
It’s your trail, so it’s your choice. Use your real name or an anonymous screen name on OwnTrail - whichever feels most comfortable to you.
If you tend to share your personal journey with others over mentoring coffees and speaking engagements, sharing your real name can be a way to own your story and share it with others curious about your path. For some women, sharing the identities you hold and the milestones you’ve experienced without tying that information to your real name is a great way to give back. Both are valuable scenarios that add to the greater mission of empowering womxn with our collective experiences.
Inclusivity is one of our core values, and that includes the language we use. Oftentimes spaces created for women end up being centered on white, heterosexual, able-bodied cis women — with OwnTrail, we’re intentionally creating a space for all the identities that women hold. Read more about our thinking on the x in womxn.
So, why not men?
While men and women have a lot of shared needs — wondering where we’re going in life, how we’re going to get there, and hoping we “get it right” — there are some notable differences. Many of the key milestones that many women experience in their lives — such as glass ceilings, sexual harassment and pregnancy, to name a few — are ones that are less commonly experienced by men. Also, the level of authenticity and vulnerability intrinsic to the OwnTrail experience calls for a centered space for women to share their journeys.
I have another question/idea. How can I get in touch?
We are building OwnTrail with our users’ needs at the forefront. If you have any ideas for how this platform could better serve you, we would love to hear them! Please drop us a note at email@example.com. If you or your organization would like to collaborate with us, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.