The word "mentor" comes from a Greek character named Mentor who was a friend of Odyssius and the advisor to Telemachus. A mentor is defined as 1) a wise and trusted counselor or teacher and, 2) as an influential senior sponsor or supporter. To an aspiring leader, a mentor is someone who will help guide them on their path towards their goal. As John C. Crosby said "Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction"
The membership of IAIP is populated with effective and inspirational leaders along with talented and energetic future leaders. Leadership skills development is a prime focus of the organization and member-to-member mentoring is a major tool in that pursuit.
Mentor Program Success Story Nicole Ellis Broch: Mentee: Nicole asked Susan Stone-Janczewski, CPCU, CIC, AAI, CISR to be her mentor two years ago. She was attending her first regional conference and wanted to get more involved.
"Susan was by far the most knowledgeable person I had met, and she was on the Council. As we have complimenting personalities I asked her to be mentor and the rest is history.
We have monthly conversations via telephone, and Susan is great about reminding me. Sometimes it's just a quick little note but it works, and lets me know she's thinking about me "hey lets have a call this month". She's always there to bounce ideas off of for my Presidential term, we can talk about anything from careers to IAIP and even personal stuff. I just feel very happy and grounded thanks to Susan.
I firmly believe that if every new member had a mentor, they would never leave the organization!"
Susan Stone-Janczewski, CPCU, CIC, AAI, CISR: Mentor:
"Mentoring Nicole has been a rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. When she first asked I was honored and immediately said yes, not knowing what I could really offer. We try to have a 1/2 hour call monthly to see how she's doing at work, with IPCI and help her stay focused on her goals within IAIP and her career overall. I totally recommend to anyone else that they offer to share their experiences and mentor a YNP as without a doubt you get way more than you give! Maybe I'm just lucky with Nicole, but her energy and passion for IAIP get me going each time we talk. It's a joy to share in each other's successes and to have become great friends in the process. We're all in this journey together, and helping others be the best they can be enriches our association, this great industry of insurance and hopefully makes the world a little bit better."
Resources and information on being a mentor or mentee can be found by clicking on the links below. Items will be added periodically so be sure to revisit these pages for new information and inspiration.
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