Maryann and I have a story we would like to share with you and the Menttium community. Our connection was so valuable to both of us that we decided to continue our relationship even when we finished the first year. Some nine years after we were first paired together in Menttium, we both continue to benefit from our relationship and the chance to bounce ideas off each other and discuss issues of common interest. We recognize that ours is a special relationship and not every pairing will lead to a similar long-term connection. Nonetheless, we each believe that if both participants take advantage of the resources provided by Menttium, the program will provide valuable benefits to both parties.
I have been mentoring with Menttium for the past eight years. It has been the most rewarding experience of my career. It has been a privilege to mentor and learn from so many talented women over the years. I have learned that we both take away gems from each other over the years. I learned that we get back so much more as we share experiences and wisdom in a true partnership. I have become a better listener. It is the most rewarding experience to give of yourself to better each other in so many valuable ways.
My Menttium journey started approximately 20 years ago - how time flies! And each partnership has been unique: different goals, different industries, different professions. And yet they all had a common link - the desire to become more effective, both professionally and personally. For anyone considering being a mentor, know that you will come out being a better person - you learn from your mentee and it's a relationship that will be memorable. Menttium does an incredible job matching the mentee with the mentor.
I have been involved with Menttium since 2000 and am a strong believer in this program. I have been amazed through the years at how effective virtual mentoring can be. I have learned a significant amount on how to be a good mentor that I have used in both my business and personal life. Most important, I have learned so much through the partnerships I have had and the input and thoughts of the mentees I have worked with. It is an incredibly rewarding experience.
My first year with Menttium was outstanding, but the second year - to my surprise - is even better. I can't wait for the tenth year. On a 1-10 scale, my experience has been a 10+ and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead.
Having been a mentor with Menttium for over 10 years, I have seen the transformative changes the Menttium experience can bring to both the mentee and the mentor. Being personally engaged in helping others realize their career goals, learning to manage through challenging situations -- and then "giving back" to others is truly amazing. Congratulations, Menttium, on your 25th anniversary! Thank you!
Each year’s partnership brings new questions, issues and concerns. The people, company, and circumstances may change, but the challenge of dealing with the mentee’s ever evolving needs is constant and consistent. And the biggest surprise and benefit from being a mentor is that the mentor gains and learns as much as the mentee. It is truly a two-way street.