Mid-Atlantic Director of Operations
What have you had to change during the past year to make sure you were still serving even if the approach had to change?
As a person committed to serving the community, stay-at-home orders during the pandemic and other changes in our world over the last year have forced me to pivot. Plans to participate in walkathons or attend a gala to support a worthy nonprofit organization were canceled. These in-person events were losses of not just fundraising opportunities, but much anticipated occasions to raise awareness about life-threatening diseases and to promote education and research. Therefore, I support these and other nonprofit organizations through monetary contributions.
How do you define mentoring and what steps do you take to ensure it is a priority and just part of your job duties?
I define mentoring as the opportunity to support and encourage a person to manage their own learning to maximize their potential and become the person they aspire to be. Throughout my career, I have mentored direct and indirect reports, early careerists and summer interns. Guiding and coaching people who have the potential for success, but not necessarily a plan or vision of how to achieve success, is the most rewarding part of my role as a leader. It brings me great joy to serve as a sounding board, a source of support and a safe place to disclose one’s innermost feelings.