The Art of Honoring Leadership Development mentoring program is a unique opportunity that connects first generation, female, junior and senior college students of color with professional female organizational leaders.
Top companies such as 3M Company, HealthPartners, Wells Fargo Bank, Target Corporation, Travelers Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, Boston Scientific, General Mills, Grant Thornton, Lutheran Social Services, Medica, Thrivent Financial Services, UBS Financial Services, and the Federal Reserve provide female leaders of color to mentor students. This program is based on the school year and engages first generation female students of color from universities such as Augsburg College, Bethel University, Hamline University, Metropolitan State University, St. Catherine University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern College, University of St. Thomas, William Mitchell College of Law, and Carlson School of Management.
The purpose of the Art of Honoring Leadership Development mentoring program is to provide students with an opportunity to honor themselves by becoming better prepared to successfully enter the work world. By working with a variety of organizational leaders to build relationships across cultures, students will learn and develop new professional skills to expand their leadership capabilities and leave with the support, contacts, connections and strategies to seek and develop an inspiring and life-giving career. Students will create a Roadmap to Success and:
Learn from organizational leaders what it’s like to be a leader, the skills and techniques necessary to navigate at work, and ways to present and promote oneself.
Meet and learn from women of diverse cultures, life experiences, and careers to broaden their options and choices as they go through college and enter the job market.
Be equipped to take a stronger leadership role in their lives by honoring themselves and others through learning and practicing the seven HWW operating principles.
Complete the program prepared with the skills, knowledge, and powerful network of supporters and mentors to develop an inspiring and life-giving career.
Gain skills in communication, leadership styles, conflict resolution, promoting themselves, negotiation, financial management, presentation, projecting your image, critical thinking, resume writing, and ways to navigate politics in diverse situations.
The program consists of monthly sessions where the mentors and mentees meet to hear panel discussions and learn about various topics such as "Honoring Multiculturalism, Diversity and Inclusion" and "How Your Finances Impact Your Leadership Power."
HWW has received great reviews from this program. The mentors report they have gained as much or more as the mentees for their professional development and have taken the learning back to their organizational teams. Several students have gotten incredible jobs in these organizations due to their involvement with mentors in this program.
For a slideshow of the 2013-14 Program click here.
For a slideshow of the 2013 Mentoring program graduation click here.
For a slideshow of the 2012-13 Program click here.
For a slideshow of the Spring 2012 Graduation click here.
For a slideshow of the Spring 2011 Graduation click here.
For feedback from the 2012-13 program participants, click here.
For feedback from the 2011-12 program participants, click here.
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