The US State Department TechWomen mentoring program has been holding its opening events for mentors in anticipation of 99 Emerging Leaders (mentees) arriving from 19 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia to the Silicon Valley at the end of this month. My company, Mentoring Standard, is honored to be offering both Mentoring Certification and workshops to the TechWomen mentors. Mentor Certification documents and celebrates a professional’s past and ongoing mentoring accomplishments – it does not require him or her to join a new mentoring program or take additional training. However, we are also offering two optional workshops next week on “How to be an Effective Mentor: Best Practices” for interested TechWomen mentors from about 40 companies.
The Mentoring Standard team has been answering questions by our early adopters and polishing up our website, getting ready. So far this week, I have published an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for those already in the certification process, plus updates of three of my most popular reference documents:
- “Mentoring vs. Coaching vs. Sponsorship”
- “Expert Mentoring Advice: Best Practices, Worst Practices”
- “Mentor Recruitment”
In addition, those of us honored to be elected to this year’s TechWomen Alumnae Council held our transition meeting this afternoon. We said our grateful thanks to the outgoing Council members for their great work and started planning for the coming year. I am looking forward to serving as the Mentor Professional Enrichment Officer.
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