There has never been a more critical time to invest in your diverse talent. Mentoring can be an enabler of your Diversity & Inclusion strategies as you navigate the complexities of addressing systemic inequities and creating inclusive cultures for all employees to rise to their full potential.
Our goal is to strengthen organizations through their people. We know the right mentor can accelerate learning, increase confidence, broaden perspectives and help key talent realize their true potential. We focus on the whole person using formalized mentoring relationships to help people thrive at work and in life.
Created in 2008, Momentum has evolved to become one of our key Cross-Company Mentoring Programs. Designed for high potential professionals of color, the Momentum experience leverages the breadth & depth of our seasoned mentor network and the power of emotional safety. Our mentor network has the cultural competence and passion to develop diverse talent; when paired with an external mentor, the emotional safety between mentees and mentors allows for vulnerability, authenticity and transparency. Mentees are provided with a confidential guide for a unique leadership development experience that relies on the human experience and human connection. As a result, mentees can address cultural challenges they might face in their day to day work environments, in addition to focusing on their specific development goals that will escalate their leadership capacity.
% of Momentum mentees said their engagement with their employer increased based on this experience
% of Momentum mentees who saw their own confidence strengthen
% of Momentum mentees said their enthusiasm to stay with their employer increased due to this experience
% of Momentum mentees who saw improved relationships with their direct managers
% of Momentum mentees said they were more ready to take on roles with greater complexity, scope or authority
% of Momentum mentees who saw improved relationships with their peers
than men to get advice from senior leaders.
say the lack of an influential mentor holds them back.
representation of black, Hispanic, and Asian-American women, and Hispanic and Asian-American men
*Source: Leanin.org – Women in the Workplace
**Mentoring programs make companies’ managerial echelons significantly more diverse: On average they boost the representation of black, Hispanic, and Asian-American women, and Hispanic and Asian-American men, by 9% to 24%.
**Source: HBR, Why Diversity Programs Fail
With only 4% minority representation across Fortune 500 CEOs, we see a major need for diverse professionals to have access to successful mentors. Our Momentum mentors all are vetted to ensure they have a high level of cultural intelligence (CQ) and can support diverse professionals in achieving their career aspirations.
Momentum mentees join Menttium 100 and Ladders mentees for monthly Business Education Webinars focused on topics critical to our mentees and proven to be pivotal to leadership success.
In addition to a one on one partnership. Mentees also have access to connect with peers from other corporations for an added level of support and opportunity to learn from each other.
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!
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.
Awareness, new perspectives, and great people!