Business Mentoring Matters

Women and Mentoring

Posted on Tue, Mar, 13, 2012

Tags: Workplace Diversity Initiatives, Women and Mentoring



Women are making strides in the workplace. But the progress is not as great as it could be. Many women still struggle to find mentors who have access to the organization’s power structure.

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A Resource for Mentoring Dilemmas

Posted on Mon, Apr, 04, 2011

Tags: Mentoring Resources, Workplace Diversity Initiatives

Being in the mentoring field, I frequently explore the internet to learn about new publications/resources.  Sadly, a lot of what is written is either repetitious or just not helpful.  There is a resource that I've had in my library that others may also find useful:  Mentoring Dilemmas:   Developmental Relationships Within Multicultural Organizations edited by Murrell, Crosby and Ely published in 1999.  Focused on mentoring and diversity, it has interesting things to say about Asian, African American and gender pairings both in research and in practice.  I don't often recommend books but this is one of the better ones I've read and found it helpful in my mentoring training sessions.

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Take a “Virtual Tour” of African American Cultural Heritage

Posted on Wed, Feb, 23, 2011

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees, Workplace Diversity Initiatives

written by Ranae Mogensen

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Black History Month in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Mon, Feb, 21, 2011

Tags: Mentoring Resources, Announcements, Workplace Diversity Initiatives

written by Ranae Mogensen

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Why Do Employers Create And Implement Mentoring Programs?

Posted on Mon, Jan, 25, 2010

Tags: Business Mentoring FAQs, Workplace Diversity Initiatives, Talent Retention

Employers create and implement mentoring programs for generally the following reasons:

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Understanding the Mentoring Process for the Diversity Manager

Posted on Mon, Nov, 09, 2009

Tags: Best Practices in Mentoring, Workplace Diversity Initiatives

As a Diversity Manager, you understand the challenges of trying to create a level playing field for employees as they seek to develop careers in your company. Invisible barriers and the “glass ceiling,” for example, still exist in many organizations.

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Mentoring Tips: Supporting Diversity Initiatives

Posted on Wed, Oct, 21, 2009

Tags: Business Mentoring in the News, Workplace Diversity Initiatives

Which strategy is most effective in supporting diversity initiatives in an organization and in actually making a “difference” in changing the landscape for diversity individuals:  diversity training, performance management changes, affinity groups, or mentoring?

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Mentoring Benefits: Workplace Diversity

Posted on Wed, Jul, 29, 2009

Tags: Corporate Mentoring Tools, Best Practices in Mentoring, Workplace Diversity Initiatives

There is a strong business case for workforce diversity and diversity initiatives, such as cross-cultural mentoring programs. Baby boomers are aging and remaining in the workforce longer, companies are conducting more business globally, women are playing a stronger role in executive teams, and a growing number of minorities are entering the U.S. workforce.

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Mentoring Tips: The Process for the Diversity Manager

Posted on Mon, Jul, 27, 2009

Tags: Best Practices in Mentoring, Workplace Diversity Initiatives

As a Diversity Manager, you understand the challenges of trying to create a level playing field for employees as they seek to develop careers in your company. Invisible barriers and the “glass ceiling,” for example, still exist in many organizations.

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An Important Component Of Mentoring

Posted on Tue, Jun, 09, 2009

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees, Workplace Diversity Initiatives

 

While mentoring has many components to it, sharing is an important factor in the development of a mentoree.  As a mentor, not only should you share your knowledge, but you can also share your thoughts, insights, advice and even your mistakes.  This is a great way to open up the communication between the two of you.  Since you don't want to lecture the mentoree, it is best to share the information through casual conversation or by storytelling.  Storytelling is a good way to share experiences, whether good or bad, and at the same time offer encouragement to the mentoree.  Storytelling about your experience gives the mentoree a better insight into who you are and also opens up the potential for the mentoree to share their own story.  This also should provide a positive interaction between the two of you.  In the long run, sharing could lead to gaining the trust of your mentoree and also to a more successful mentoring relationship.  When engaged in a diverse pairing, storytelling can be an especially effective way of opening the doors to conversations that are sometimes difficult to start.  For example, if one shares an experience of having been treated in a condescending manner as a woman or a person of color, this can lead to explore this more deeply without having to ask the question:  "Shall we talk about diversity". 

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