Would love to hear some opinions/advice on this one, especially from some of the older professional women here: I am a mentor to a young lady who is very bright and intelligent. We both work in the financial analyst field (yay quants!). She has been working at her current job for a little over a year now, and she just had her first formal review a few weeks ago. 99% of the comments were extremely positive, for example, she is constantly praised for taking ownership of her work, being organized, having a great work ethic, learning things quickly, etc. But, the young lady is also very assertive. Think total type-A personality, the person who would be the group leader in any type of group project. This has apparently caused her to receive some feedback where she was told she sometimes comes across as "overconfident" for someone in her junior position. I don't think it's the situation where she isn't showing "proper deference" to the more senior people, but more like, people think that she speaks up maybe when she should wait for someone else to speak first, even if her answers are correct. Due to the way our office is set up, I do not work directly with my mentee (so I'm never in a supervisory role over her), so I don't know how overblown some of the comments are, or whether there is a deeper issue here. I suppose I could go and ask some of the other senior folks informally, but I feel that that would just be drawing attention to the issue and make my mentee uncomfortable. In addition, she has not asked me to do that, so I'm not sure I feel 100% comfortable doing that anyway. Any thoughts?