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FWA Baruch Mentors Share Advice and Build Community

Friday, November 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
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mentoring imageFWA Baruch Mentors Networking

One-to-one mentoring is the heart of all FWA mentoring programs. We do even better when mentors connect to share ideas and get to know each other. In November, 20+ FWA Baruch mentors experienced the power of working together in a get-together hosted by National Bank of Canada’s Anik Lapointe, General Manager of New York Branch and Chief Operating Officer, National Bank of Canada Financial (NBOC).

Our mentors’ diversity is a strength of the program: they work in financial and non-financial jobs, they range in age from mid-30s to 70s, and they’re from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

mentoring imageFWA Baruch Mentors with Olga Barskaya and Michael Taylor (far left)

Lessons distilled from the wisdom in the room:

  • Connect with your mentee through her preferred communications method. She can help you get comfortable if it’s new to you. A student may be much more expressive in texts than in person.
  • Ask questions to help your mentee figure out who she is (which may be different from your assumptions) and guide the relationship’s development.
  • Office meetings are convenient. Meeting outside the office for a meal or activity (museums, plays, music, a walk) is less structured and opens new ways of relating to each other.
  • “Double dating” with another mentor/mentee can be an icebreaker for shy students.
  • If a student has challenges that go beyond your capabilities (health issues, tutoring needs, financial issues), on-campus resources can help. Contact program lead Olga Barskaya to enlist her help and vast knowledge of Baruch support services.

The group enthusiastically endorsed new ways to connect with each other and our students:

  • A mentoring program Linked In group – launched
  • An on-campus “speed mentoring” event fostering more connections among students and mentors
  • Shared mentor bios and work/contact information
  • A spring in-person get-together

Many thanks to Anik for her warm welcome! NBOC’s vibrant décor added energy to the gathering. Equal thanks to our mentors, who bring their full selves to supporting a talented student as she launches her business career.

Interested in Mentoring?

Given how important mentoring is, you could be a key source of knowledge to a young woman seeking guidance with developing her career. To learn more about FWA mentoring and to get involved contact:

(Baruch College) Betsy Werley,
(Seton Hall University) Carol Doyle or Donna Harris,
(High School) Beth Dorfman or Mindy Kipness.