Mentoring is a special partnership between two people based on commitment to the mentoring process, common goals and expectations, focus, mutual trust, and respect. 

Both the mentor and the mentee give and grow in the mentoring process. You, the mentor, have an opportunity to review your accomplishments and challenges, as a reminder of lessons learned. In sharing your expertise, you are leaving a legacy and guiding another one’s career path. This also gives you an opportunity to review and re-energize your personal career goals.

Program participants in discussion
Program participants completing an activity
Steering committee members at a monthly lunch and learn
Photo of Seth Loyd and Holly Dunlay-Lott
Seth Loyd and Holly Dunlay-Lott



  • Renewed enthusiasm for expertise and increased career satisfaction
  • Greater understanding of barriers experienced by other staff members
  • Enhanced skills in coaching and listening
  • Development of personal style of leadership
  • Increased generational awareness
  • Expanded networks and awareness of diversity and inclusive issues
  • Exposure to new ideas and enhanced creativity

Mentor Expectations


  • Explain how the organization is structured
  • Be respected as an experienced and successful professional in the organization
  • Support the organization’s mission, vision, and goals
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program
  • Listen well
  • Offer encouragement through genuine, positive reinforcement
  • Be a positive role model
  • Share “lessons learned” from their own experiences
  • Be a resource and a sounding board