mentoring diversity manager

“Even if a company is enlightened enough to establish a structured mentoring initiative, it may not be sensitive to the unique needs involved in diversity mentoring, such as finding diverse mentors and understanding how to navigate successfully in a majority culture. It is important, therefore, for anyone exploring a mentoring initiative to identify its goals, not only for the organization, but for the mentorees.

“Our approach is to respect and build upon the company’s culture and the needs of employees being mentored. A one-size-fits-all approach will fall short of achieving your goals.”
--Rene Petrin, Founder & President, Management Mentors

Mentoring Process for the Workplace Diversity Manager

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.

While diversity training is an important strategy in breaking down these barriers, it often doesn’t go far enough. Too often, attendees leave these sessions knowing something about diversity but not really changing their perspective. Why? Because their behavior doesn’t change.

This is where a formal mentoring program that focused on diversity initiatives can help. Mentoring programs bring people together and empower them to share the “real” issues and, as a result, change the internal system to be more balanced and fair. Mentoring programs also take the theory from the classroom and provide a safe environment for honest dialogue between the majority/non-majority pairs. This type of exchange not only transforms the individuals, but also provides opportunities for them to effect change in the company.

If you’d like to learn more about how a mentoring program can support your diversity initiatives, download a copy of our free thought paper: The Power of Mentoring To Support Diversity Initiatives.