Shaping the future generation of leaders and thinkers.
A Mentor is an alumna who serves as a guide and resource to alumnae Mentees. A Mentor shares personal wisdom, advice and life lessons from their professional experiences, encouraging Mentees as they pursue career aspirations and navigate challenging professional endeavors.
Mentors wear many hats, including:
Motivator: Expresses confidence in the Mentee’s abilities, sharing professional experiences and providing guidance.
Coach: Fosters clear and honest dialogue, listening and responding to the needs of the Mentee. Helps the Mentee develop, and work to achieve, realistic and meaningful goals.
Resource: Teaches and advises the Mentee on professional matters, and introduces the Mentee to new people, places, ideas and professional resources.
Examples of mentors:
- • Working professional (with at least 3 years of experience)
- • Mid-career professional (with at least 5 years of experience)
- • Mid-level management professional
- • Professional in executive management and/or leadership
- • Professional who successfully re-entered the workforce
- • Professional who successfully transitioned careers
- • C-suite professional
- • Established entrepreneur
- • Retired alumna with a wealth of professional experience and wisdom
What to expect:
Mentors should expect to build a connection with their Mentee(s). We encourage Mentors and Mentees, at the outset of their relationship, to agree upon goals the Mentee wishes to achieve and to decide how often they will communicate with one another. Douglass Alumnae Mentoring may host workshops throughout the year, and provides newsletters, conference calls and social media groups as a means for connecting with other alumnae participants. We encourage all Mentors and Mentees to attend AADC signature events, including Regional Connection Group and Affinity Network events, and to connect with each other virtually or in person as often as mutually agreed upon.