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CCE Brown Bag: Why a Mentoring Mindset Improves the Workplace

12:30 PM - 1:25 PM

Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305
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Speakers: Elizabeth Bass

Betsy Bilhartz

Nicole Maldonado Benites

Location: Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) hosts weekly Brown Bag discussions, open to members of the campus and the community, from 12:30–1:25p.m. on most Fridays during the academic year. Each week, a speaker or small panel leads a presentation on a provocative social issue, then opens up the floor for discussion. Free pizza will be provided.

Today, 1 in 3 young people in America are growing up without a mentor. Without a strong role model to support positive development, youth are at a disadvantage in the job search. For those young people who are entering the workforce, having a trained caring mentor willing to open up their web of support is instrumental in navigating the workplace and impacting the bottom line for retaining young employees.  With increased diversity and inclusion being a priority for many companies, training supervisors to have a mentoring mindset will be the next step in corporate engagement, and will be essential to bridging equity, opportunity and readiness for young adults entering the workplace. Through quality mentorship, the positive effects of civic engagement can reach beyond adolescence and the classroom.

This discussion will share highlights from a 2018 survey of 1000 working adults to understand the role that mentoring can play in both employee engagement and the success of young people entering the workforce. We will also highlight ways to connect with a mentor yourself for students who are entering internships and jobs, and reflect on how mentoring can positively impact these experiences for young people, their mentors and their supervisors.