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Monday, November 15, 2010

{Corporate Life: The benefits of mentoring}

I've been involved in my company's formal mentoring for the past three years as an Operating Committee member. Basically that's a fancy way of saying that I'm involved in developing and executing the programming for the mentees. While the Steering Committee creates the scope, the OC delivers on that scope, and even sometimes tells the SC what the scope should be.

Tonight was the kick-off of our third year program and we knocked it out of the park with a Speed Networking and a red cow bell. I'm very excited for the things that we have in store for this year's mentees, especially since I'm lucky enough to be one of them again (I was in the program during the pilot year). From shadowing a senior employee, to professional development, we are going to offer these mentees something special this year. After the past couple of year's of thinking "Where's Wall Street going?" "Are there more layoffs ahead?", we can finally focus our sights on the future, and developing our internal talent.

Now while I'm psyched about how fortunate I am, how fortunate my fellow mentees are, I have to think about those less fortunate who have no control over it.

If you can spare $35, please consider sponsoring a child this year. If we are able to secure 10 sponsors by tomorrow night, a donor has generously offered to match your sponsorship. Please consider helping a child, or more for the holidays and make a less fortunate child's holiday wishes come true.


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