Dell Birch, Ph.D.
Director, Corporate Enterprise Strategy, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
Momentum Mentee Alumnus 2008
Mentor 2010 – Present
Executive Director, Operations, OptumHealth
“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.”
Vice President, Talent, Learning, & Org Effectiveness, Thrivent
Sr. Director, UnitedHealth Group
Menttium 100 Mentee Alumna
Mentor 2019 – Present
Director, Field Finance, Discover Financial
“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.”
Faculty and Executive Coach, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
Senior Managing Director, U.S. Bank
Ladders Mentee Alumnus 2013
VP, Product Development, Cigna
“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 needed and was focused on what I needed to get out of the relationship. He was a pleasure to work with.”
Founding Partner, OTM Associates
Director, Customer Service, UnitedHealth Group
“Connie has been an incredible mentor and I’m 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 grow in the ways that are most meaningful for me as an individual and leader. As Connie has put it, I’ve been making ‘thoughtful adjustments.’ I have gained clarity and I’m 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.”
Sr. Director, Global Compensation, CoorsTek, Inc
Director, Strategic Development, Thrivent Financial
“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.”
Sr. Vice President, Risk Process Control, U.S. Bank
Anita has been a truly spectacular mentor. From the beginning, she provided a different perspective on some of the challenges I faced that I would not have gained on my own or through other mentors within my company. She also helped me develop simple, actionable steps towards my goals that proved to be very effective. Most importantly, in an unprecedented year of the COVID pandemic, social unrest, and my own personal life changes (becoming a mother), Anita truly went above and beyond in her empathy, flexibility, and encouragement to help me meet my goals, which evolved over the course of the year.
I think I had the best mentor anyone could have. Her memory was solid. She held me accountable and handled my with care. She understood I was in a sense vulnerable since this was my first time, so she pushed me and guided me in a positive and tactful manner.
My Menttium mentor was phenomenal. She listened to me and truly understood all of the situations discussed. She consistently provided solid advice and/or posed probing questions that made me think about the challenge in a new way. Natalie's focus was always on getting to the right approach, resulting in forward progress. Being partnered with Natalie has been a wonderful experience!
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.
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. 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 mentor, Steve. I continue to mentor in the hope that I am able to be for my Menttium mentees what he was to me!
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.
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.
Menttium’s Executive Mentoring Program allowed me the opportunity to partner with another executive outside of my industry, and comfort zone. My 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 their business challenges.
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.
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.
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 an ability to analyze issues and does so with 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.
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.
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. I benefited tremendously from her perspectives specifically relating to foundational leadership behaviors and relationship building.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!