May Truesdell has spent over a decade in the health care industry. She recently joined a healthtech consulting firm where she’s responsible for business development, team leadership, and developing regulatory strategy and product registration. EforAll’s mission truly inspired May, and with the motivation to give back to the community, she became a mentor for EforAll Merrimack Valley in 2021.

What is your favorite part of being an EforAll mentor?

I love hearing the stories from the entrepreneurs when they present their ideas; everyone overflowed with passion! When you’re a mentor you become part of their journey, enveloped in their passion, and see their growth firsthand.

Is there a specific mentoring experience that you are most proud of?

I loved being a part of Lowell Litter Krewe’s (EforAll Alum Summer 2021) journey. Their mission to keep Lowell beautiful is special to me since I consider Lowell my hometown. Today, Lowell Litter Krewe together with its volunteers has recovered over 120,000 pounds of trash. That’s a lot to be proud of!

What are the biggest challenges that women entrepreneurs face?

I believe that representation is a big one. Starting your business can be daunting. It’s difficult to get over the first hurdle of getting started, and as a woman myself, we don’t see enough people like us, to build that confidence and that mindset of “I can do it because she has done it!”. Then, if you add being a parent, and/or being a minority to the equation, then challenges could be in the form of resources, such as financial, time (babysitter), connections…etc.

What do you think makes EforAll special? 

EforAll is special because of its mission for accelerating economic and social impact in communities nationwide through inclusive entrepreneurship. This has significant meaning to me, as someone who grew up in a community of minorities where financial resources were limited among other things.  I believe EforAll gives hope to those who may have thought they didn’t have a chance at entrepreneurship, an opportunity to bring their ideas to life, thus perpetuating cultural and economic enrichment to our communities.

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs?

If it’s driven by passion, give it all you got! The journey of an entrepreneur can be very challenging, but passion will keep you going.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Learn more here.