What defines a Mabel’s Mentee?
A Mentee is a sister alumna who wishes to establish a genuine professional development connection with an alumna. A Mentee actively engages in the mentoring relationship, asking questions and working to achieve goals set with her Mentor. She is also ready to launch her professional aspirations to the next level with the guidance of her Mentor.
A Mabel’s Mentee is:
Active: Shares professional aspirations and challenging endeavors, seeking advice, guidance, and actionable solutions from her mentor. Works to achieve set goals, actively following up on her mentor’s advice and guidance on professional matters.
Communicative: Communicates clearly and as often as established with her mentor. Does not hesitate to ask questions, listening and responding to her mentor’s questions and shared professional experiences.
Open-Minded: Positively embraces her mentoring relationship, understanding each experience offers unique value.
Examples of mentees:
- • Young alumnae (alumnae who graduated no more than 10 years ago, includes non-traditional alumnae)
- • Alumnae applying to graduate school or searching for jobs
- • Mid-career alumnae
- • New-to-management alumnae
- • Alumnae entering executive leadership
- • Alumnae re-entering the workforce
- • Alumnae who wish to make a career change
- • Alumnae seeking entrepreneurial pursuits
- • Alumnae approaching retirement
What to expect:
A Mentee should expect to build a meaningful relationship with her Mentor throughout the program’s year. We encourage mentors and mentees to agree upon goals the mentee wishes to achieve and to decide how often they will communicate with one another. The mentoring program will host three AADC-sponsored workshops throughout the year for mentors and mentees in the NJ, NY, PA, and CT area. We encourage all mentors and mentees to attend AADC signature programs together, including regional group and affinity network events, and to meet up with their mentors or mentees virtually or in person as often as they mutually agree upon.
Tips for making the most out of your mentoring experience:
- • Be honest and straightforward with your mentor. She cannot help you if you do not communicate honestly and share your true aspirations and challenges you wish to overcome.
- • Remember, you own your development, your mentor doesn’t. Which is why it is up to you to provide specific context as you and your mentor prepare your goals. It is also the reason why you are responsible for keeping your relationship focused and moving forward.
- • Be an active listener. Actively communicate with your mentor. If you have questions, ask.
- • Ask for feedback early on in your relationship, and throughout your relationship, to better establish a learning connection with your mentor.
What to look for in a mentor:
We ask that you seriously consider the benefit and role of a mentor for your current professional circumstances and future aspirations. You may meet with your mentor in person or via video conferencing, phone calls, and email.