Mentor Minutes

Ask for some Mentor Minutes. 

I did not originate this idea. I heard it from Mathwon Howard, AVP Development Programs at Emory University this morning. We were attending the kickoff of the 2018 Diversity Fellows Program of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I have  heard him mention this terminology for mentoring before and I love it!

This is my fifth year of being a mentor in the Diversity Fellows Program and I can say I always get even more out of the program than I put into it. Why wouldn’t we purposely immerse ourselves annually into a new group of enthusiastic young people who want to learn more about their chosen profession? In our gathering this morning we shared not just what we do, but what our favorite app is. You can tell a lot about a person when they share and what a fun group!

Even if you are not in such a diverse group, I hope you will seek out others you look up to for advice and counsel. Ask for time on their schedules to pick their brains and ask your questions about careers or mechanics of your job. Then remember to offer those same opportunities to people who request time from you.

I make resolutions every year for me and my family. That doesn’t work for everyone. Mathwon likes commitments over resolutions. This year let’s commit to learning from each other. Grab yourself some mentor minutes!

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