What role have mentors played in your growth throughout your career?
I had a mentor/coach in my twenties whom I am grateful to today. I was in a new corporate environment, with lots of energy and desire, but without experience of how to navigate in a corporate environment. This mentor took me under his wing for a couple of years. About once a month we had a cup of tea together and he always started with a broad overview of the business and results, and then asked me how things were going. There is no question that this was a springboard for my career. He helped me assimilate quickly and I learned the business from an executive perspective. I gained confidence and took on any responsibility that came my way. Years later he encouraged me to get my MBA. At that time, an MBA was a requirement for any Vice-President position. It was something I was grappling with, and his encouragement came at the perfect time. When I think about what his mentorship meant to me, he took an interest in my career and development and took the time out of his busy schedule to mentor me.
Why do you mentor emerging leaders?
Every generation has new energy and the opportunities are boundless! I know how grateful I am for the mentors in my life, and I started mentoring emerging leaders about ten years into my career. With EDGE, mentoring is a 360-degree approach on a personal, professional and spiritual level. In this mentorship role, I feel like we are building community, with a safe environment to bring challenges as well as successes, Christ-centered, and the most satisfying result is to see our mentees realize their spiritual gifts, talents and the difference they are making every day.