Emily E. Arneson
Director of Government Relations
Kennedy Krieger Institute
What have you had to change during the past year to make sure you were still “serving,” even if the approach had to change?
Our education system has been completely upended. Prior to the pandemic, I was passionate about bridging the learning gap, but that passion has been intensified. I’m honored to be a volunteer with Seeds for Success and matched with a 9-year-old girl. Because of the pandemic, we meet weekly via Zoom. This came with challenges at first, getting to know each other and earning her trust. I also had to learn how to tutor online, finding resources and ways to interact with her so that she could make progress on her math and reading goals. With time, our weekly sessions have become a delight!
How do you define mentoring and what steps do you take to ensure it is a priority and just part of your job duties?
Without mentorship, I wouldn’t be where I am today and appreciate all those who have guided me and continue to provide their wonderful wisdom and leadership to me. I find it essential to “pay it forward” and to actively assist other women and men in their careers. This is done every day through encouragement and acknowledgement in the workplace. It’s also done through nurturing others and training them to help them reach their full potential. It’s also about being open and acknowledging where I can be of assistance.