If you already sponsor someone, assess how effective a sponsor you are. How many lives have you impacted? How many people have you promoted? Are you creating opportunities for those you sponsor to advance and grow in their careers?
I've dedicated my life to working with youth because I got to witness the power of mentorship first hand. Coach Bodipo helped me believe that I could be successful in college. He also helped me understand that I had a duty to do the same for others.
January is National Mentoring Month, a reminder of both the value of mentoring and the pressing need for caring adults to step forward. If you can spend even just one hour a week mentoring, you can exert a meaningful influence on the life of an at-risk child.
When I found out I was having twins, I realized I'd need all kinds of help. I read parenting books, registered for two of all the "must-haves" and selected the pink and blue layette. But the best preparation I did was building a team of "mom mentors."
As I've grown entrepreneurially, I've repeatedly sought out mentorships to accelerate my progress and I've boiled the system down to a formula that is repeatable and predictable. The strategy works extremely well for developing yourself personally and professionally.
We watch females on sitcoms, romantic comedies, news programming and movies for cues on how to be a woman. But we don't get a lot of information around how to be a strong, resilient woman in the media or anywhere else -- unless we know to look for it.
The talent gap is not an empty theoretical construct created by economists. It is real and tangible, and it is negatively affecting business and our country, particularly during the last several years. American business must step up to the plate, but we cannot do it alone.
None of the 30-somethings and younger I work with are even interested in being mentored. I'm sure there are exceptions out there, but I am disappointed and dismayed to see an invaluable resource for both individuals and businesses fading in importance.
While I listened to the amazing panels at this past weekend's WIE Symposium, I wondered why so many women in attendance were only just engaging with their true purpose at age 30 or 40. Here is what they wish they'd known, and why sixth graders should be empowered now.
At the end of graduate school, in addition to grades and a diploma, you'll need to have exposure to people who can open doors, insights and connections, examples of work you've done that relates to your field, references and leads.
Many students don't realize that professors are often the gatekeepers to a multitude of opportunities in college, and even after college. Therefore, how to make a positive impression on professors is critically important.