Career-defining moments are few and far between, and they’re not always recognized until long after they occur.

But be it an encouraging word from a mentor, a promotion that comes out of the blue, or lessons learned from a blunder, these moments have the potential to define, catapult, or even set a career on an entirely new path. They did for the successful women you’re about to meet. In honor of Women’s History Month, the annual March celebration of women’s achievements, CMO by Adobe turned to its female community and asked: Tell us a critical moment in your career that truly impacted your journey/path.