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2014 January 30
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from VP of User Experience Tom Weisend from Rue La La. An interaction design professional for 16 years, Tom now leads the charge at Rue La La for building a unique and meaningful brand experience across all customer touch points. Today, I am the vice president of creative at Rue La La, where I oversee all areas of our creative team. Rue La La is an exciting online shopping destination based in Boston that in less than... Read more
2014 January 29
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from MMP Board Member Jacqui Conrad. Jacqui is the director of communications and public relations at Cambridge College, and is also the president at delaCruz Communications. I have always valued and respected mentors and believe mentoring is something not to be taken lightly. Mentoring provides an invaluable opportunity to give or share your time with youth that may not have any guidance or positive mentors in their... Read more
2014 January 28
Posted by Michael
In honor of National Mentoring Month we're sharing match stories from our network of mentoring programs. The following story was shared by Samantha Alves, director of youth mentoring at Children's Friend and Family Services in Salem. In 2013, Mac was referred to our youth mentoring program. He was having a hard time at home and in school - he didn’t have anything to talk about with the kids at school and he felt alone and socially unacceptable. Into Mac’s life walked Sam, a youth mentor from our program. Sam is a retired postman and has a lot of time and love to give. Once a week, they meet... Read more
2014 January 27
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from Yo-el Cassell, the Citydance program manager at the Boston Ballet. Yo-el is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and has performed in a variety of shows and films, as well as with the Virginia Opera, Heidi Latsky Dance, Chen and Dancers, The American Mime Theater, Spencer/Colton, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, and more. Why do you believe mentoring is important? To mentor is to have the opportunity to not only inspire... Read more
2014 January 24
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from David Beturne of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County. David is the executive director of the program, where he's worked since 2000, most recently as the director of program services.  Why do you believe mentoring is important?Mentoring resonates with me because it directly addresses an important basic need, companionship. Who likes to feel alone? How many happy, successful individuals do you hear say “I made... Read more
2014 January 23
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from Steve Perrin, Ph.D., CEO and CSO of ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), a nonprofit biotech in Cambridge that is dedicated to discovering and developing effective treatments to end ALS. Steve has helped the Institute become the world's leader in preclinical drug development for ALS. Why do you believe mentoring is important?Mentoring can help any individual to develop skill sets and beliefs for how you... Read more
2014 January 21
Posted by Michael
This post was submitted by Nate Baum, manager of training and technical assistance, in recognition of the events that many programs in our network are doing in celebration of National Mentoring Month. One of the amazing things about working at Mass Mentoring is the ability to learn about all the great things our partnering organizations do on a regular basis. There are some cool things our 200+ members engage in and National Mentoring Month is an especially exciting time. [caption id="attachment_1463" align="alignright" width="300"] Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll at the Mayors for Mentoring... Read more
2014 January 18
Posted by Michael
Mass Mentoring is launching the inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll to recognize Massachusetts businesses of all sizes that are strengthening communities through engagement of employee, financial, and in-kind resources. In late 2013, we invited businesses and mentoring programs to nominate a company for the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. The honorees were recognized at the Jan. 14 Corporate Mentoring Summit at State Street in honor of National Mentoring Month, and in conjunction with the Summit we will be rolling out an inductee in the days around the event. Today’s post recognizing... Read more
2014 January 17
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from Chris Moses, CEO of Smart Scheduling. As the CEO of a health information technology startup, Smart Scheduling, I’ve had countless mentors help me along the way. These mentors have been both official (advisors to and investors in Smart Scheduling) as well as informal in the form of my friends and family. Running a company has its ups and downs, and leading a startup through the stages of ideation, product creation... Read more
2014 January 17
Posted by Michael
Mass Mentoring is launching the inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll to recognize Massachusetts businesses of all sizes that are strengthening communities through engagement of employee, financial, and in-kind resources. In late 2013, we invited businesses and mentoring programs to nominate a company for the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. The honorees were recognized at the Jan. 14 Corporate Mentoring Summit at State Street in honor of National Mentoring Month, and in conjunction with the Summit we will be rolling out an inductee in the days around the event. Today’s post recognizing... Read more

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