Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Grow: Q&A with a Mentor

Mentee Question: Where I work there doesn't seem to be a management philosophy in practice.  It seems like each publisher runs his or her own show.  Wouldn't it be more successful if everybody treated everyone as if they were, or could be, a valuable member of the team.  Is it like that in all publishing companies, or is this a corporate culture issue?

Mentor Answer: Companies do have different cultures, and individual magazine staffs have different cultures.  The goal is to figure out what type of culture makes you most successful, and how you measure success.  Most managers encourage individuality, so be the culture you want to have an articulate it.  Today, lots of emails are signed off with an inspiring quote.  People want to know who you are, and it will help you stay true to your course as well.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mentoring Applications are now available for the 2009 Program

Now is the time to get a mentoring partner for 2009. Mentors, one hour a month means so much to the person you are coaching. Mentees, don't miss the opportunity to work with someone who is completely dedicated to your growth.

There is no charge to participate, but lots of rewards in return. The deadlines for the 2009 Program are: Monday, November 3rd for mentees and Monday November 17th for mentors. Sign up today!

Get the Mentee application here: http://www.mediafire.com/?zft0jjzm4dz
Get the Mentor application here: http://www.mediafire.com/?jojmivhg1ji

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Amber Thomas, at ambert@heartbeatdigital.com or Terry Yoffe at terry@TRYcoaching.com.

Learn: How Talented Women Thrive

We thought you would appreciate this recent study from The McKinsey Quarterly. McKinsey interviewed more than 85 women around the world to learn what drives and sustains successful female leaders. They distilled a model called “Centered Leadership” based on five broad, interrelated dimensions. The five dimensions are as follows:

Meaning – finding your strengths and putting them to work in the service of an inspiring purpose
Managing Energy – knowing where your energy comes from, where it goes, and what you can do to manage it
Positive Framing – adopting a more constructive way to view your world, expand your horizons, and gain the resilience to move ahead even when bad things happen
Connecting – identifying who can help you grow, building stronger relationships, and increasing your sense of belonging
Engaging – finding your voice, becoming self-reliant and confident by accepting opportunities and the inherent risks they bring, and collaborating with others

Click below for the full article from McKinsey:

Comment to share your thoughts on this study.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Share: Mentoring Ideas and Books

As we enter into the height of summer, here are a few ideas to keep the mentoring relationship fresh:
  • Delve into the interactive/digital landscape
  • Discuss general industry trends
  • Review specific trade articles of interest
  • Initiate a job shadowing experience
  • Critique movies and books
  • Join a book club
  • Research a relevant industry topic together
  • Launch a baking exchange/soup exchange/cookie exchange
  • Attend AWNY event together
  • Create a mini-resume workshop
  • Get together with other mentoring pairs for an outing/group discussion
  • Meet for a speed tutoring session i.e., public speaking, Adobe Photoshop

If you are interested in discussing a shared resource, download a list of recommended books that you may find engaging.

Happy Summer!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Share: Your Ideas

How can we encourage more mentors to join the AWNY Mentoring Program in 2o09?

We'd love to hear your ideas - anything from increasing our promotional efforts to new outlets to find mentors. Comment on this post to share your thoughts. Thanks for the feedback!

Share: What to Discuss

Happy Summer! After a brief hiatus, the AWNY Mentoring Blog is back and will be updated regularly with the latest mentoring updates, ideas, and inspiration. To pick up where we left off, below are some upcoming AWNY events to consider attending with your mentor/mentee.

Tickets are available at http://www.awny.org/static/rd_cal.html

Hope to see you there! Feel free to comment on this post to share other industry events that may be of interest to Mentoring Program participants.

June 4
Installation Luncheon with Mary Beth West, EVP Chief Marketing Officer, Kraft Foods, Inc.
The New York Hilton
1335 Avenue of the Americas
Cocktails: 11:30 p.m.
Luncheon: 12:00 noon
Tickets: $125 (Members)/$200 (Guests)/$1,750 (Table)

June 25
Golf Clinic
Chelsea Piers
Pier 19
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75 (Members)/ $100 (Guests)

July 16
Social Networking Breakfast
Marriott Hotel
1535 Broadway
7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Tickets: $75 (Members)/ $125 (Guests)/ $1,000 (Table)

July 28
Annual Golf Outing
Whippoorwill Country Club
Armonk, NY
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $1,400 (Foursome)/$350 (Single Ticket)

August 13
Women to Watch Luncheon
New York Hilton
1335 Avenue of the Americas
Cocktails: 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon: 12:00 noon
Tickets: $125 (Members)/$200 (Guests)/ $1,750 (Table)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Share: What to Discuss

See below for some event ideas to consider for your next mentoring meeting. For example, you could attend the event together as a mentoring pair and then setup a follow-up time to discuss the event topic(s).

Comment on this post to share other industry events that may be of interest to program members.
March 27
Salary Gap Series I with Kathryn Mayer, KC Mayer Consulting, Inc.
“Building Healthy Competitive Relationships at Work
for Career Advancement - Get a Pacing Partner”
1290 Avenue of the Americas
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30

April 3
Salary Gap Series II with Kathy Aaronson, CEO/Founder, The Sales Athlete
“Are You Worth Your Weight in Gold? How to Negotiate a Fort Knox Salary”
1290 Avenue of the Americas
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30

April 10
Salary Gap Series III with Terri Edelman, Principal & Founder, The Edelman Group
“Essential Elements for a Successful Game Plan to Market Yourself”
1290 Avenue of the Americas
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30

April 17
“2008 Impact Awards AWNY Celebrates Mentoring” Luncheon
Confirmed participants to date:
Donna Campanella, Executive Director, Global Media, Avon Products, Inc. and Charlie Rutman, CEO, MPG
Sarah Fay, CEO, Isobar and David Verklin, CEO, Aegis Media Americas
Robin Steinberg, SVP Director, Print Investment & Activation, MediaVest
and Donna Speciale, President, MediaVest Worldwide

New York Hilton
1335 Avenue of the Americas
11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Members: $125 / Guests: $200 / Tables $1,750

April 30
Changing the Game Awards Luncheon
New York Hilton
1335 Avenue of the Americas
Cocktails: 11:45 a.m. Luncheon: 12:00 p.m.
Members: $125 / Guests: $200 / Tables $1,750

Registration: www.awny.org/cal.html or 212-221-7969

Share: Photos from the 2008 Mentoring Kick-Off Breakfast

Here are some pictures from the Mentoring Kick-Off Breakfast on March 7th:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Share: Your Questions, Comments, and Suggestions on the Kick-Off Breakfast

Thanks for attending the 2008 AWNY Mentoring Kick-Off Breakfast - It was great to see so many of you there!

We're interested in your initial feedback and suggestions, so feel free to comment on any of the following (plus some!):
  • Thoughts, questions, or suggestions that you didn't get a chance to put forth at the Kick-Off Breakfast
  • Recommendations for resources to include on this blog (your favorite books, blogs, RSS feeds, articles, etc.)
  • Ideas for Mentee/Mentor activities - Share what you've been up to!
This blog will be updated regularly, so keep checking back for the latest AWNY Mentoring updates and inspiration.

If you have any questions about the AWNY Mentoring program, please contact Lynn Zalokar at lynn@awny.org or Terry Yoffe at terry@trycoaching.com.

Feel free to reach out to Allison Van Houten at awnymentoring@gmail.com if you have any questions about the blog.

Mentoring Kick-Off Breakfast on March 7, 2008

AWNY Mentoring Program Kick-Off Breakfast Friday, March 7, 2008
  • Get together with your mentor or mentee
  • Hear from other mentors and mentees
  • Get great ideas for your mentoring partnership
Friday, March 7th
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Time Inc. - Luce Room, 2nd floor Conference Center
1271 Avenue of the Americas - Enter on the 50th Street side between 6th and 7th Avenues

E-mail Lynn Zalokar at lynn@awny.org by March 3rd to reserve your seat.

Plus, don’t forget your business card to enter to win a one year subscription to Fortune magazine! Thanks to Fortune Magazine for their generous support of this breakfast.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Grow: You've received your mentoring pairs - Now what?

Mentees - It's time to make the first call to schedule your first mentor meeting.

Think about what you would like to get out of your meeting, whether you simply introduce yourself, review your professional New Year's resolutions for 2008, or receive advice about current workplace issues. Maybe you read an interesting article that sparks discussion, or perhaps you'll attend an AWNY or industry event and the discuss topics of interest afterward. You can meet anywhere - at your mentor's office, over coffee, drinks, lunch or dinner, at an event, or at a mutually convenient location. The sooner you initiate your first mentor/mentee meeting, the more you'll get out of the program this year - so make that call soon!

Comment on this post to give other AWNY Mentoring members ideas and inspiration for their first meeting.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Welcome to The New AWNY Mentoring Blog!

The new AWNY Mentoring Blog is the go-to destination for AWNY Mentoring updates, information and inspiration from both the Mentoring Committee and from you - the 2008 Mentoring Program participants. We encourage collective comments, feedback and new ideas that will help inspire ways to build a successful mentoring relationship. Come back often - Here's to mentoring success!