My mentor played an important role in helping me dive deeper in identifying the 'roadblocks' that were holding me back in my career. Once identified, he gave me sound advice based off his own experiences.
I currently have internal mentors, but by far, have found the most value in this experience. He was an unbiased mentor where I felt my personal and career development was the only focus.
Roz has been an incredible help through many of my professional challenges. She shared her own personal experiences to help me put to practical use. She is not only well respected in the business community, but also has great talent to share.
My mentor provided guidance to help me better manage my day to day work demands as well as my strategic objectives. Her mentoring helped me more fully align my strategies and, in turn, increase my productivity.
With the guidance of my mentor I have become more thoughtful about my approach toward people and problems and have also instituted a pricing model that will generate increased revenue for my organization.
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.
I addressed some issues in my department that were roadblocks to productivity. We now have a team approach versus a silo perspective. Without the assistance from my mentor, I might never have addressed the issue with my team.
With the support and encouragement of my mentor, I have pursued opportunities where I could add value to the organization and meet my career development objectives. My new role has allowed me to stretch my boundaries and is proving to be a great value to the company as well. My current project has the potential to provide millions in cost savings to the organization.
Caroline "got" me and my world, and she did so really quickly. This meant that we could dive into real work situations and work through them together, which was extremely valuable - I could use the products of our conversations immediately. Caroline has a superior ability to analyze issues and does so with great questions, great objectivity, and great care. This, combined with her clear thinking and language, helped me articulate both challenges and solutions in ways I wouldn't have otherwise. I'm really grateful for our relationship. It's been very rich.
My mentor was incredibly valuable in helping me to think through actions and approaches I could take to help improve my overall performance. He listened to what my priorities were and helped to define a path to achieve my objectives. He was there for me when I needed and was focused on what I needed to get out of the relationship. He was a pleasure to work with.
Kathy was highly supportive in assisting me in the achievement of my goals. She demonstrated strong listening skills and offered valuable, actionable advice. She also was highly flexible in accommodating meeting requests. I benefited tremendously from her perspectives specifically relating to foundational leadership behaviors and relationship building.
Connie has been an incredible mentor and I am very appreciative. She is wise, insightful, and has definitely been invested in my growth and development. Connie's approach has truly helped me to reinforce and appreciate my strengths as well as helping me to grow in the ways that are most meaningful for me as an individual and a leader. As Connie has put it, I've been making "thoughtful adjustments." I have gained clarity and am excited about what I can deliver as a leader. I feel fortunate to have had Connie as my mentor and can't thank her enough. I will put to good use what I've learned.
Peggy is a wonderful mentor. She was able to take my professional experiences and relate them to her own that provided excellent parallels. I received guidance on dealing with difficult employees, increasing my executive presence, approaching my manager with new ideas, etc. I also learned not to mentally beat myself up after perceived failures. There are so many wonderful gold nuggets I got from Peggy. I keep a running list of advice from her that I plan to pass on to others.
I was able to look at myself and my goals more holistically. If I think about a turning point, it was probably during the Menttium mentoring program. It was a great journey for me. It made a difference.
At the time I was informed I had been chosen to participate in Menttium 100, I did not understand the value of having a mentor. Then I was paired with the most perfect person for me; someone who had been an executive at the company where I worked at the time and who had left to become an entrepreneur. His career path and enthusiasm to share his insights far exceeded my expectations for our mentoring relationship! What surprised me the most was, after sharing some challenges that I was facing with my boss and an employee of mine at the time, my mentor asked if I realized that the root cause of both issues was the same. He was completely right and I had not made that connection on my own! Having a trusted advisor to cheer me on when I did well and to give me objective feedback on what I could do better completely changed my career trajectory! I am grateful to my Menttium mentor, Steve. I continue to mentor in the hope that I am able to be for my Menttium mentees what he was to me!
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!
Maryann and I have a Menttium story we would like to share with you and the Menttium community. We were connected as Mentor-Mentee in the Menttium program back in 2006. We both graduated from the same law school, so it made sense that we would be connected. Maryann had two (2) job transitions from the early time of our mentorship, and we worked through both of them together. Our connection was so valuable to both of us that we decided to continue our relationship even when we finished the first year. To this day, 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 continue our phone calls on a regular basis and have become good friends. We truly appreciate the opportunity Menttium provided us to connect and develop a lasting and beneficial relationship. 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.
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. And because of some of the partnerships, my mentee and I have stayed in touch with each other long after the official time period ended. And although the intention is to focus on the priorities the mentee has identified, I have always learned something from them. How rewarding for us both! The mentees have also consistently been more resourceful than they originally believed; their confidence levels increased. 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. And I thank Menttium for giving me the opportunity to participate in such an effective, rewarding, and professional organization.
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.
I feel so fortunate to have attended the program and my mentor has volunteered to stay in touch after the program ends. I am glad that I have had the chance to work with my mentor and look forward to my continued growth.
My mentor has provided me with a unique perspective on career goals and growth, the world outside of my own company and how to think differently through times of significant transition. Her ability to ask the right questions and provide candid feedback have pushed me to a different level of thinking and goal setting. I have enjoyed all of our conversations and look forward to continuing our relationship.
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 from Menttium in 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 mentor has proven again and again that is is dedicated to our mentor/mentee relationship - no only by being engaged in our standing monthly meetings - but also availing herself for phone calls, assisting me with preparation for my annual Performance Management Review, as well as providing me a book that is aligned with my professional development goals.
During the first meeting, my mentor and I made a wonderful connection. It was evident she had become familiar with my background. She was very engaged in the conversation, providing astute observations into my character that even those that have worked closely with me haven't noticed. This demonstrates Cynthia's deep experience and commitment to mentoring.
We have found that our internal and cross-company mentoring programs help us retain our high potential employees and support a key business goal of creating and maintaining a diverse and engaged workforce.
Menttium did a stellar job in selecting my mentor, Karen. She is a patient listener who offers thoughtful, sage guidance. Karen took time to send me additional materials pertinent to the topics we’d discuss during our time together.
My personal experience with my mentor was "world class" and highly recommended! He created a solid foundation of trust and truly a non-threatening venue to establish ones needs and roadmap to learning. He interjected freely with his vast experience and provided great and relevant perspective to my needs.
My overall Menttium Experience was priceless with the balance between monthly Menttium sessions and 1:1 mentor meetings.
Awareness, new perspectives, and great people!
The Menttium experience inspired me. By sharing experiences with my mentor, I was able to realize that I had the potential to achieve much more than I ever imagined.”
[Conversations with my mentee] were a tremendous learning experience as well as a “flashback to the past” while I coached her through some of the same experiences I lived through. Unfortunately for me, I had to learn through trial and error rather than having a mentor to offer guidance and validate my experiences.
I’ve gained so much from the Menttium program – first as a Mentee and now as Mentor.
What stands out for me, every time I meet a new mentee, is an awesome sense of possibility — the possibility to help someone achieve her dreams, the possibility to challenge myself, the possibility to learn new things.
I developed a strong relationship with my mentor. She offered excellent advice on all situations we discussed. Even when I didn’t think I really needed any guidance and we were just discussing current events, she offered insight and suggestions that were invaluable!
Being part of the Menttium experience is learning from one another; growing yourself as well as through your mentor. It is definitely multi-faceted, but you only get out of it what you are willing to put in. By making the most of my Menttium 100 experience, I have created lifelong connections with my mentor and other women in leadership.
Helping my mentee build her confidence has increased my confidence which has benefited me both personally and professionally
Being a part of Menttium 100 has been instrumental in changing my career focus and my approach to development. In the past I allowed my career to “happen” to me. Now, “I” make my career happen. It was a significant change and I credit my mentor for that shift in thinking.
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.
Menttium’s Executive Mentoring Program allowed me a tremendous opportunity to partner with another executive outside of my industry, function, and comfort zone. My Executive Mentor was invaluable as we talked about critical lessons he learned throughout his career – from transforming businesses, making major changes, understanding market dynamics, and addressing people issues. I would strongly recommend this program for anyone who is seeking a fresh perspective on how to approach business challenges and is committed to their executive development and growth.
I have served as a mentor in the Menttium program for many years. I find it an enriching experience to connect with the very talented leaders that participate in this program, often learning as much from them as they learn from me!