By Shelia Newman, MS, President
Attend any awards ceremony and right after the person being honored thanks his or her parents, that person then thanks the people who have provided support, guidance, opportunities—that person’s mentors. Imagine for just a minute that the person in the audience being thanked is you. Mentoring can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your career. Helping others is rejuvenating and for those of us who strive to have meaning in our lives, we find mentoring makes us feel useful and happier. It’s even helped me find more creative solutions to my work problems as I ponder advice to give to my mentees.
I had informally mentored younger employees for years. After starting my own business and achieving some success, I’ve had the opportunity to mentor a young veteran and several young women who have started companies and find it rewarding to watch them achieve their goals.
My first formal mentoring experience started...