Calling All Mentors!

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” ~John Crosby

Sometimes, being a mentor just means offering a listening ear, or tapping into your professional network to find someone who has necessary expertise. Now more than ever, we are reminded of how important it is to connect (whether in person or virtually), share ideas, grow professionally, and encourage colleagues on to success.

NORDP members have access to a wealth of community, connectedness, and resources through the NORDP Mentoring Program. (NOTE: The application deadline for 2020-2021 has been extended through April 10, 2020).

Would you consider #payingitforward by becoming a mentor? Here is what a few NORDP mentors are saying:

“What has struck me this year as a first-time mentor in the program is how impactful it can be to just be there for someone who’s dealing with transitions at work and contemplating how their current actions will impact their future career growth. …It has reinforced to me the power of connecting with others and the value of a strong support network.” ~Hilda McMackin, NORDP member, mentor

“Being a mentor is so rewarding! Don’t make the mistake that I did and wait to become a mentor until you have “enough” experience. You have more to offer than you realize. The resources provided make navigating the mentee-mentor relationship easy, especially if you are a first-time mentor. In my experience, both mentee and mentor have something to learn and gain from each other.” ~Kathy Partlow, NORDP member, mentor

“I was inspired to serve as a mentor by the people who took me under their wings early in my research development career, and generously gave of their time in ways that helped me learn and grow as a professional. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their mentorship, and I wanted to give back to the community.” ~Angela Jordan, NORDP member, mentor

Being a mentor offers collaboration. Friendship. Community. Learning. Staying connected. Nudging others forward to realize their potential. Paying it forward. And, perhaps even more importantly, offering hope: “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” ~Oprah Winfrey

NORDP members can sign up to be a mentor and/or a mentee in the NORDP Mentoring Program. Peer mentoring groups are also available. The deadline for applications has been extended through Friday, April 10, 2020. Individual Mentor/Mentee matches and Peer Mentor Groups will be notified in late spring. Contact mentorprogram@nordp.org with any questions.

Contributed by the Mentoring Committee