Fran's experience My mentor retired and moved away, and I moved to another academic institution. As soon as I She is my guiding light. I recently asked her to.
On October 18, 2019, Guiding Light Mentoring will host their 3rd Annual Guiding Light Mentoring Gala and Fundraising Event. Guiding Light Mentoring established in 2014 as a non-profit organization and is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
This year, Guiding Light Mentoring's Annual Gala and Fundraising Event keynote speaker is Terrence J Jenkins, national spokesperson for Thurgood Marshall Foundation philanthropist, author, actor, radio and television host.
Our purpose is to support greater Cincinnati youth in the areas of education, recreation, and leadership programs. The programs provide mentee-mentor relationships, improve the health, social, and cultural intelligence of our youth, as well as creating skillsets, which assist the mentee in overcoming adversity, excel in today's challenged society and become tomorrows future leaders.
Gala is 6:00 - 10:00 pm, sponsor and general reception are 6:00 - 7:00 pm gala immediately following.
Platinum VIP Meet and Greet with Terrence 'J' Jenkins is 6:30 - 7:00 pm gala immediately following.
Featured entertainment is musical guest Natural Progression with a performance by Bi-Okoto and hosted by 'Ask Ashlee.'
Guiding Light Mentoring is a volunteer organization compliant with all local, state, and federal laws governing the proper collection and use of funds and taxation by a non-profit organization and submits an audited report annually to the Ohio Secretary of State.
We all need people to help us find the way. In this stirring new book, acclaimed author and educator Eric Liu takes us on a quest for those guiding lights.
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The chandelier above Christal’s dining room table illuminates a house that is virtually spotless. But this sparkle pales in comparison to the bright futures she offers children in foster care.
Many teenagers have spent time living under Christal’s roof; some for a short time, others long enough to finally have a place to call home. Over the years she has changed the lives of many, but she is not one to keep track of personal success. To her, it’s all part of a lifelong responsibility—a calling, if you will.
“The way I look at it is that everyone who was in my house was meant to be here,” said Christal, who was recently honored by Massachusetts MENTOR—a partner of The MENTOR Network—for her outstanding contributions to the lives of young people in foster care. “Each kid is different. When they leave here, if they can take just one thing with them that I taught them, then I did what I was supposed to do.”
Christal has been part of Massachusetts MENTOR’s Therapeutic Foster Care program since 2003. She is a mother, a grandmother, and a foster parent.
“She takes care of us like her own,” said John*, who attends a day/evening academy and has dreams of attending college. “I know kids from other foster homes and it’s not the same where they live. Miss Christal does this from the kindness of her heart. She’s taught me the importance of responsibility and now I enjoy cleaning my room and being more independent.”
Christal treats every child that comes into her home like one of her own, and stands beside them no matter how difficult their challenges might be.
“She fights for her kids,” said Massachusetts MENTOR clinical supervisor Tracey Pierre.
Christal is known throughout her community; not just by her neighbors, but by the police, local officials, and members of her congregation. She leverages the support of Massachusetts MENTOR and resources in her community to make a difference in the lives of many kids.
“She doesn’t just bring kids into her home, she brings them into the community,” Massachusetts MENTOR program service coordinator Dana Catrambone said. “With Christal, it’s like they have an extended family of people to turn to for support.”
It’s easy to see the impact that Christal has made. Just ask any of her former foster children, who still keep in touch and remind her that she forever changed their lives. Christal is the one who provided them hope. She provided that bright, guiding light.
*Name changed to protect the privacy of the young person in foster care.
Happy birthday to a truly great mentor and role model! Thank you for being my guiding light in life!.
Motivate yourself--and others--by becoming a mentor.
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This story appears in the July 1997 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine. Subscribe »
There's no way to discuss sales success without including the subject of mentoring. My own career has been positively influenced by mentors every step of the way. Becoming a mentor is a part of entrepreneurship that goes beyond improving profits or producing the newest, fanciest gadget--it's passing on valuable information to those just getting started in business.
Floyd Wickman, who has mentored thousands of people through his seminar program, The Masters, offers tips on mentoring in his recent book, co-written with his protégée Terri Sjodin, Mentoring--A Success Guide for Mentors and Protégés (McGraw-Hill).
Wickman says people must be trained in how to become mentors. "It's a process that carries a heavy responsibility," he maintains. "A boss says to a veteran in the company, `You are going to be the mentor for this employee.' He thinks he can assign a mentor to a protégé and a relationship is created. This is not the way it works. Two people have to find their own connection."
Once they find that connection, a process must be followed to get the most from the relationship. In their book, Wickman and Sjodin pass on 16 laws of mentoring. Here are just a few:
1. The Law of Inspection. "Your protégé is more apt to do what you inspect than what you expect," says Wickman.
In other words, if you agree to be someone's mentor, then you must implement a system with your new protégé to measure his progress. It's a waste of your time and his to spend an hour teaching him how to make more money via phone sales and then just expect he will do exactly what you taught him.
You need to assign him a specific task, such as: "Use the following dialogue, and call 30 prospects. Fax me the number of positive responses you had by 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon."
2. The Law of Tough Love. "If the mentor is going to give of his time, wisdom and experience, then the protégé has to do his part, too," says Wickman. "This must be clarified upfront in the relationship."
Wickman uses the "three strikes and you're out" rule. "If I see a trend--the protégé repeatedly does not implement my advice--I'm going to lose my motivation of wanting to spend time with that person. Usually when it happens three times in a row, that's a pretty good indication the protégé doesn't desire that goal enough for himself."
3. The Law of Independence. The best mentors don't try to control their protégés.
"A true mentor will do and say everything to help their student become independent of them, not dependent on them. To create a dependency is the work of a control freak," warns Wickman.
During my own days as a sales manager, this was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. I had been a top-producing salesperson, and my tendency as a new sales manager was to insist salespeople reach their goals exactly the way I did and at the same speed. It took me a while to realize that I could pass on my methods of prospecting or closing the sale to my students, but they had to overcome their fears in their own time frame.
Part of my mentoring included giving salespeople the freedom to fail. The value my salespeople put on what I was teaching them was realized only after they were free to experience their own setbacks.
4. The Law of Limited Responsibility. "I am responsible to you but not responsible for the outcome," says Wickman. "For example, over the years I had a number of potential mentor relationships that were not successful. That's why I believe in that old cliché `When the student is ready, the teacher appears.'
but not responsible for the outcome," says Wickman. "For example, over the years I had a number of potential mentor relationships that were not successful. That's why I believe in that old cliché `When the student is ready, the teacher appears.'
"My co-author, Terri Sjodin, epitomized the student who was ready. Like so many others, she came up to me after one of my training seminars and said, `I want you to be my mentor.' I knew she was hungry to learn because everything I told her to do she not only wrote down but went out and applied.
"My own mentor, Zig Ziglar, brought home what I'm trying to say. I asked him one time why I was so blessed to be mentored by him. He said, `Of all the people I have tried to give direction to over the years, you are one I've heard back from and who I have heard of.' "
What Ziglar meant was that Wickman always reported back his progress, and at the same time Ziglar was hearing of Wickman's excellent work out on the circuit. Ziglar told Wickman he was motivated to give more of himself because he knew his protégé was doing something good with what he learned.
5. The Law of Reciprocation. "You really do get by giving," Wickman believes. His classic example involves his protégée Sjodin.
"Terri wanted to write a book on how mentors made her successful," Wickman says. "But she kept getting rejections, until one publisher told her it would be better to write that type of book from two points of view."
Terri pushed to have Wickman be her co-author. In this case, she planted the growth seed for her mentor, broadening his company's marketing penetration.
In my book Seven Figure Selling (Berkley Press), Evelyn Echols, the CEO of Echols International Travel and Hotel Training Schools in Chicago, tells the story of how her most successful company came into existence, illustrating the benefits of becoming a mentor. One night in Chicago, at the height of her career as a travel agent, she and her husband were having dinner with several judges from the local family court. They were telling her how impossible it was to educate children in reformatories.
"I told the judges I could teach the kids the travel business because it had a dream-like quality," says Echols. "It was a business they could get excited about. They could travel around the world and go places and do things they never experienced in real life."
The judges took her up on the offer, and she ended up teaching a travel course at the prison, acting as a mentor to motivate the kids to reach their full potentials. When the kids graduated, Echols held the ceremonies 35,000 feet up in the sky in a United Airlines plane. The vice president of United contacted the press. The following week Time and Newsweek did stories on it.
"My phone started ringing off the hook," says Echols. "People from all over the U.S. wanted to know how they could sign up for my travel school."
An evening with the judges opened a brand-new market for Echols--a market that would eventually make her a legend in the hotel and travel training world. The enthusiastic response generated by the publicity made her realize there was a big need in the United States for a first-class travel and hotel school. Prior to her efforts, Europe was the only place travel and hotel people could get first-class training.
Wickman has mentored thousands of salespeople long term, but he says that isn't the only type of mentoring.
"There is the instant mentor," Wickman says. "It happens fast, and the results can be far-reaching. One time I was sitting in a lounge, and a fireman came up to me asking if I would like to buy a ticket to the Detroit Firemen's Field Day. I said, `Sure,' and gave him a dollar.
"Then I asked him if I could share a technique with him that would help him sell more tickets. I told him to ask the person he was trying to sell a ticket to how many children he has. `When he gives you the number, that's when you should peel off that number of tickets.' "
The fireman thanked Wickman and asked him how many children he had. "I said three," Wickman recalls. "He peeled off two more tickets, and I handed him two more bucks."
One of those two extra tickets won Wickman a brand-new car.
Try "passing it on." It may be just the boost your business needs.
Terri Sjodin, c/o Sjodin Communications, P.O. Box 8998, Fountain Valley, CA 92728, (714) 540-5594;
Floyd Wickman, c/o Floyd Wick- man Courses, 1707 W. Big Beaver, Troy, MI 48084, (810) 637-1500.
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Don Sims, (501) 754-4424, fax: (501) 754-5842.
LAU's Alumni Mentoring Program helps students bridge the gap between university and the job market.