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ConnectVA Spotlight: Mentoring Matters Nonprofit Leaders

 

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Get to know the nonprofit leaders who will share their professional development and career experiences as it relates to finding and building mentor relationships at YNPN RVA’s Mentoring Matters: Using Mentoring as a Tool for Professional Development on June 24th and Richmond Memorial Health Foundation!

Rose Marie Wiegandt, Program Director Virginia Mentoring Partnership

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Tell us a little bit about your organization and your role.

Virginia Mentoring Partnership (VMP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1993. The mission of VMP is to provide training and technical assistance to mentors and mentoring program staff, and to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring for Virginia’s youth. VMP believes that every child in Virginia who needs a mentor should have a mentor. VMP is one of only twenty-nine state network affiliates of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and the only in Virginia. Through this affiliation with MENTOR, VMP can develop and deliver resources, promote quality mentoring through national standards, and utilize cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.

How long have you been in your current role and what was your role before? 

I recently joined the VMP team in April 2015 and serve as the Director of Programs. Prior to my transition to VMP I served as the Elementary School Program Director for Communities in Schools of Richmond.

What are the top 3 ways that mentoring has helped your career advance?

My mentors assist me in developing and enhancing my skill-set, provide me honest feedback/coaching, help me see my blind spots and are my thinking partners. My mentors continue to push me to be my best self and at times take career risks that will move me forward in achieving my goals and increase my learning.



Stephanie G. Odera , VCU School of Social Work, Instructor and Field Liaison

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 Tell us a little bit about your organization and your role. 

As an instructor and field liaison for VCU School of Social Work, I teach courses that are a co-requisite to or a component of the internship experience. VCU is one of the top eleven schools of social work in the country. Each year, our undergraduate and graduate students complete a quarter of one million hours of service in Virginia communities and public and private agencies through internship experiences.

How long have you been in your current role and what was your role before? 

I’ve been at VCU for almost 5 years. Prior to VCU, I was a school social worker in Richmond Public Schools.

 

 Why is finding a mentor important to growth personally and professionally?

Mentoring is essential for professional and personal growth because people need to be developed at all stages of their lives and careers. Whether you are just starting out or have 15 years of experiences, a good mentor is going to challenge you to do things you once thought impossible and to move beyond fear of the unknown to better yourself.

 

 Charleita M. Richardson, President and CEO of Partnership for the Future, Inc

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 Tell us a little bit about your organization and your role

Charleita M. Richardson is the President and CEO of Partnership for the Future, Inc. She is responsible for the operations and management of this not-for-profit organization, to include positioning the organization as a continued resource of future leaders for the community. Partnership for the Future (PFF) was started in 1994 to provide high-potential high school students from challenging circumstances in the metro-Richmond area with tools and experiences necessary to attain a college degree.

 How long have you been in your current role and what was your role before?

I have been in with the organization nine years and in my current role for eight years.  Prior to accepting the position of President & CEO, I served as the Director of Programs for Partnership for the Future.

 

 In your opinion, why is finding a mentor important to growth personally and professionally?

Life is about learning and the idea of having a mentor promotes lifelong learning.  It is important to be connected to someone who can listen to your ideas, analyze processes, etc.  If you have a mentor/mentee relationship, you are positioning yourself for even greater successes as you are reaching out to someone who can offer a breadth of knowledge to you.

 

Chris Hughes, YMCA of Greater Richmond Group Vice President

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Tell us a little bit about your organization and your role.

The mission of the YMCA of Greater Richmond is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.  For over 160 years the YMCA has served the greater Richmond community through our commitment to Healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.  The YMCA is not a swim and gym, we are a cause focused on creating healthier communities, growing the next generation of teen leaders and supporting the educational needs of the students in our communities.

 

How long have you been in your current role and what was your role before?

I’ve served as Group Vice President for 4 months and before I was the Executive Director of the Chester YMCA.

 

What are the top 3 ways that mentoring has helped your career advance?

My mentor has supported my career by:

  • Identifying professional trainings that align with my current role, prepare me for my next role and fit within my career goals
  • Providing a sounding board when to apply and accept/move the family to the next career opportunity
  • Helping me prioritize my Work life balance – starting a family and how to navigate career goals vs. family goals

 

 Marianne Williams, Bon Secours Health System Talent Acquisition Manager

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Tell us a little bit about your organization and your role.

Bon Secours is a not-for-profit Catholic health system sponsored by Bon Secours Ministries. Headquartered in Marriottsville, Maryland the system has over 23,000 employees and operates in six states primarily on the East Coast. I serve as the Talent Aquisition Manager with Human Resources and I lead a team of Recruiters who screen and source applicants for our job openings across the healthsystem

 

How long have you been in your current role and what was your role before?

I’ve been in my current role for 2 years and have been with Bon Secours for 5 years. Prior to moving into a management position, I was a Recruiter for multiple service lines such as Women’s & Children’s Services, Critical Care Nursing, Human Resources and Legal.

 

In your opinion, why is finding a mentor important to growth personally and professionally?

For every goal I have achieved in my life, I can trace back each goal to a mentor or individual who helped achieve it. Some mentors can provide a spark, or simple path of guidance to push you to take that first step in accomplishing a goal. Other mentors are more involved along the way and can be true resource, sounding board and guide in life.

 

 

 

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