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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...

How “Lift As You Climb” Is More Than Just a Tagline

The origins of our tagline, “Lift As You Climb,” goes back over a hundred years. August 2020 marks 100 years since the ratification and passing of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. We praise Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony for their work as women suffragettes, but what many don’t know...