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Making Time For Mentoring: 3 Things to Know

We’ve all got a million things to do. Juggling all of our work responsibilities, from preparing for meetings, responding to emails, and carrying out our daily projects, can seem daunting. Throw in the stressors and challenges of our personal lives, and we naturally have to push aside some tasks into the “I’ll get there when...

Mentoring 101: How to Engage as a Mentor Through Productive Listening

Community-driven mentorship may be a new concept for some, but we are here to break down the basics. In short, we believe in the practice and power of mentorship to help both underrepresented talent and professionals advance in their careers.  In its most basic of forms, community-driven mentorship is a conversation with someone “in the...

How Storytelling Can Foster Mentorship Connections

Strong connections are the foundation of a successful mentoring relationship.  Mutual respect is needed to move mentoring conversations from debate to dialogue. It takes trust, and personal identification to build a strong connection with another individual.  Building trust isn’t easy, but a good place to start is through storytelling. Mentors who share authentic, impactful stories...

The Role You Play: 4 Roles of Being a Mentor

Maya Angelou once said, “All great achievements require time.”  Simply put, Maya. This concept can also carry into mentorship: both in the practice of mentorship and the commitment it takes to effectively mentor an individual.  But where do you start? Mentorship can come in many shapes and sizes — and contrary to popular belief —...

Mentorship Throughout the Ages: Breaking Down the Generational Differences in Mentorship

High-performing teams often strike that special balance between veteran experience and youthful enthusiasm. There are countless examples in almost any walk of life. Many believe that bringing a puppy into a house with an older dog produces positive benefits for both pups; the young dog learns the ropes while the elder exhibits increased energy. Great...

The New Way of Mentoring: Defining the Practice of Mentorship

To understand where the practice of mentorship began, we have to look back…way back. Fire up that imagination and think back to 3,000 years ago, in Ancient Greece — where many of our modern ideas on society, democracy and philosophy were born. Many believe that the practice of mentorship traces back to the character Mentor...

4 Reasons Why Mentorship Technology is a Must-Have in Today’s Environment

With more than $16 billion on the line, businesses have recognized that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategies must be an integral part of business objectives.  A recent study from the Kapor Center showed that the annual estimated cost to tech employers for turnover due to toxic work environments, including workplace culture and microaggressions, totals...

You Can’t Be Who You Can’t See: Mentorship As a Function of Experience

How many times have we heard the phrase, “there’s no replacement for experience”? Like most cliches, however, the phrase has become tired because it rings so true. Experience is often at the heart of being a mentor in a professional setting, and for good reason.  There’s no replacement — no college course, no TED Talk,...

The Top 6 Misconceptions of Mentorship

Many organizations believe that informal mentorship programs are enough.  In truth, while these programs represent a good start, truly cultivating a culture of mentorship is how organizations and employees can thrive.  However, this is just one common misconception about mentorship. Implementing the practice of mentorship within your business means confronting the misconceptions about mentorship that...

Lack of Accessibility Creates a “Limited Pool of Black Talent”

By Sasha Banks This week, Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf, named “a very limited pool of Black talent” as the cause for the company’s absence of diversity. Without the proper context, the remark stifles actionable progress because it does not do the generative work of simply asking, “why?” While data does reflect Scharf’s statement, an...

Social Innovation Summit Webinar: Normalizing Black Wealth and Black Unicorns

Chris Motley, Founder and CEO, Mentor Spaces, spoke alongside Mark Wilkins, Managing Director of UBS, Baron Davis, Founder of Baron Davis Enterprises, Henry Hipps, Deputy Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kori Hale, CEO of CultureBanx, Monique Idlett-Mosley, Founder & Managing Partner of Reign Ventures and Mel Ochoa, COO of Landmark Ventures, to...

Mentor Spaces Hires New Community Manager

The MentorSpaces Team is thrilled to introduce Sasha Banks as the team’s new Community Manager. To introduce Sasha to the MentorSpaces audience we asked her a few questions about her new role, past experiences, and what she likes to do with her time away from her desk. Why did you choose to join the Mentor...
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