Debunking Common Myths About Mentorship Programs

As popular as mentorship programs have grown, like anything else that is relatively new, they are not without misconceptions. The concept of having an officially designated mentor who can help you navigate the murky waters of your career seems like a great idea that any working individual can benefit from. However, many people still subscribe …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a High-Impact Mentoring Program

A mentoring program, when executed the right way, can work wonders for a company. It’s one of the best ways to boost morale, increase employee engagement, inculcate a collaborative culture, and more, all of which lead to business-changing results. If, like many other successful organizations, your company is implementing a mentorship program for your employees, …

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Life Lessons from Mountains and Rivers…

I love nature and am passionate about preserving it. There is a wonderful native american quote that says: “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” So, we all share a responsibility to safely deliver our beautiful planet to our future generations. Coming back to the topic of Mountains and …

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The magic of ‘accelerated success’…

When the right people come together at the right time, magic happens. The magic I am referring to is ‘Accelerated Success.’ I have written earlier about one such magic that happened between me and my mentee Srikanth – who is now a senior at MIT and co-founder of two start-ups. Our vision at MentorCloud is …

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Ice Cream, Entrepreneurship, and Mentoring

Yesterday, the “Let’s get the Taharka Brothers’ ice cream truck on the road!” campaign to raise funds through Kickstarter was a big crowd-sourcing success: they asked for $28,000 but raised $34,557 in a thirty day period. Why present the entrepreneurial success of a small ice cream company in a MentorCloud blog post? On 16 July 2013, …

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AAUW, IISc Presentations by MentorCloud

This has been a traveling summer for Team MentorCloud: In June, Katy Dickinson presented at the the American Association of University Women (AAUW) national convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Other presenters at this remarkable event included Lilly Ledbetter, Linda Alepin, and US Senator Olympia Snowe. On behalf of MentorCloud, Katy Dickinson presented an “Online Mentoring” Special Interest Group (SIG) with Deepti Gudipati, Director, Leadership Programs at AAUW. More …

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Distance Mentoring for Doctors and Lawyers

Common questions from organizations starting up a new mentoring program are about mentors and mentees working at a distance: How does distance mentoring work? Is it as effective as local mentoring? On 2 May 2013, the National Public Radio show called “Talk of the Nation” aired the topic “Luring Doctors and Lawyers to Rural America”. The host …

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TiEcon Women’s Forum, Innovation

  While  MentorCloud was at TiEcon “The World’s Largest Conference for Entrepreneurs” last weekend mostly to help run the MentorConnect program and to meet current and future customers, we did get to see some of the presentations in between doing business.  I attended several presentations of the TiEcon Women’s Forum – including the fascinating keynote by Maya Strelar-Migotti, Vice President and …

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