Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program

Women’s leadership. Innovative learning.

The Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring program is designed with our vibrant alumnae in mind, providing professional development opportunities and connections across generations, distance, career levels, and backgrounds. We have developed the mentoring program to provide a forum for alumnae to connect, engage, and grow in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, leading, and developing as an alumna. This program is about inspiring excellence and tapping into our most valuable asset: our sister alumnae. Read our one page frequently asked questions for help in getting started.

Whom This Program Serves

This program welcomes alumnae of all levels of career development and with diverse professional aspirations.  Mentees will be paired with Mentors who can assist them with developing and achieving professional development goals. The Chair of the Program is Kathleen Love ’75.

To learn more about the impact of our program, please see the most recent issue of the AADC Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program Newsletter.

Mission

There are three main objectives:
• To provide a positive professional development experience for mentors and mentees.
• To foster innovative learning and educational mentoring relationships among alumnae.
• To further the mission of women helping women in the context of our alumnae organization.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a two-way street paved with communication, respect, honesty, and the commitment to work towards achieving mutually agreed upon goals. For your relationship to be successful, both mentors and mentees need to approach the relationship with an open mind and a willingness to be present in the relationship. An ideal mentoring relationship will be beneficial for both mentor and mentee. The Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program formally matches mentors and mentees from September to June. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to attend AADC-sponsored program workshops and AADC signature events throughout the year, including regional connection group and affinity network events.

The Matching Process:

Here’s how this process works:
Our application deadline for Mentors and Mentees was July 31, 2016 for the 2016-2017 program.   All those received are being reviewed in preparation for matching process. The AADC matches each mentee with one mentor. Mentors may have up to two mentees.

Mabel’s Mentors were notified of their match in August 2016. After one week and a response from the Mentor, Mabel’s Mentees are then notified of the match and it is formally established. Mentees are responsible for reaching out to their mentors within the week their matches are established. Mentors and mentees are formally matched for the period of September to June of the current program year.

Mentors and mentees are participated in the Kickoff Training Session on September 10, 2016 at the Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium. Mentoring pairs that are not located in the region are asked to establish a first time connection in September as well. 

Important Dates for 2017:

Mentor and Mentee Application Deadline: July 31, 2017
Mentoring Program Matches Announced: August 2017
Kickoff Training Session: September 2017