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Diversity Chamber Lunch & Learns Thursday August 1st 12noon at
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Rod Colon President/ CEO Rod Colon Consulting, LLC
“Becoming an Empowered Mentor and Sponsor for your Mentee”
The American Heritage Dictionary the word mentor Means a wise and trusted counselor or teacher or to serve as a trusted counselor or teacher, especially in occupational settings.
·Promise Yourself as a mentor to:
1. Be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind
2. Enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own
3. Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the press of trouble
·Duties of a Mentor:
1. To Guide
2. To Direct
3. To Influence
4. To Create a Path
5. To show the way
6. To Cause progress
· Six Ways to Bring out the Best in People
1. Keep courtesy and consideration for others foremost in your mind
2. Try to have fun without trying to be funny
3. While you can¹t control what happens to you, you can control how you react. Make good manners an automatic reaction
4. Seek individual opportunities to offer a genuine compliment
5. Remember that sincerity, optimism, and enthusiasm are more welcome than sarcasm, pessimism, and laziness
6. Laugh with others, never at them
· Mentors help mentee think through a complex career decision – remember the path as a career lattice instead of a career ladder. Think broadly with no limits
· Mentors raise the performance standard as needed and recognize those who exceed the standard. Mentors through their role as Sponsor go to bat for their mentees.
· 10 Steps to a Successful Partnership
1. Make your partner a priority, treat them like your best customer
2. Schedule frequent meetings meet at least one to three hour per month and try to stick to the schedule, working around vacations and travel plans
3. Meet face-to-face as much as you can. Get together out of the office setting over lunch, dinner, or at an inspiring location like a museum.
4. Show up prepared and on time to every meeting
5. Be open and honest
6. Set Goals
7. Take risks
8. Attend each other¹s meeting or presentations to see each other in action
9. Network with other mentoring partnerships to compare notes.
10. Own the mentoring process from start to finish
Mentoring is and is not:
· Mentoring is:
1. Sharing knowledge
2. Focusing on development
3. Learning to value different perspectives
4. Define goals, roles, expectations, and time frames clearly
5. Affording an opportunity to: enhance skill sets; expand networks; gain career perspective
·Mentoring is NOT:
2. Tied to advancement or promotion
4. The same as managing
5. A replacement for the manger¹s role as performance coach
Rod Colon Consulting, LLC
Rod Colón has a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in today’s global economy. Rod shares his 25 years of experience as a corporate HR management insider, outside agency recruiter, professional networker and career coach through an unusual yet common sense approach to networking and career management. His in-depth knowledge of international staffing, recruiting and networking gives Rod a unique ability to both coach and consult todays professionals and executives around the world.
As an in-demand Executive Coach and Professional Speaker, Rod reveals his depth of his career management experience and shares the wisdom he has acquired over the years. He demonstrates the power of networking as a giving and sharing activity, and aggressively challenges professionals to be relentless in building their networking skills while managing their careers as a business – the CEO of ME, Inc.
Rod is a published author. His first book, Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs, discusses the need for networking and human relationships as a major part of any job search and career management strategy. You can find his career tips and techniques on his blog RodColon.com. Rod also co-hosts a new and interactive weekly call-in radio show entitled Your Career is
Calling: Your Weekly Appointment for Career Choices, Decisions and Success from Rider Universitys 107.7 FM and online at 1077TheBronc.com. Rod is a graduate of Georgian Court University. He has been featured on ABC-TV Tiempo with Joe Torres, NEWS12 New Jersey Its Your Money with Eric Landskroner, BRONXNET Open with Dr. Bob Lee, LatinTRENDS, Newark Examiner, Princeton Review and has received numerous awards and citations in both print and online media. His innovations have attracted a growing audience of business professionals who recognize and appreciate his gift for leadership, his command of both traditional and emerging business trends, and his unfailing desire to mentor, coach, train and advise in all matters related to career management and personal growth.
Issues, Opportunities and Best Practices for the Outreach and Support for Mainstreaming Disability in the Corporate Workforce & Workplace. The Why is Important, but the How is Critical.
The issue of PwD in the workforce/workplace, although becoming a bigger compliance issue has really become a business imperative. This segment is now the largest and fastest growing minority in the world, in the US, surpassing the Hispanic population by 5 percent. Recent legislative changes are requiring Corporate America to learn how to appropriately and effectively recruit and retain this very large, loyal segment of the population. The presenter will review the current legislation but only as a backdrop to easily implementable Tools and Best Practices of today’s Employers of Choice for Individuals with Disabilities.
Nadine O. Vogel
President & Founder
Nadine O. Vogel is Founder and President of Springboard Consulting LLC, a global company working with national and multinational corporations, governments and agencies around the world to successfully mainstream disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Springboard also produces the world-renowned Disability Matters Awards Banquet and Conference.
Prior to founding Springboard, Nadine held a variety of executive positions in both Corporate America and the non-profit sectors.
Vogel is the author of DIVE IN, Springboard into the Profitability, Productivity and Potential of the Special Needs Workforce, a highly acclaimed must-read business book. She is a regular contributor to Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diversity MBA Magazine and Diversity Executive Magazine, and has authored articles for many other professional, industry and consumer publications. Nadine is also recognized as a powerful informational, motivational and inspirational speaker. Recognized for her civic and professional activities, Vogel has received many awards and accolades including:
Selected by The Garden State Woman Education Foundation as the recipient of the Garden State Woman of the Year 2012 Diversity award, Diversity Journal as a 2012 Diversity Leader Award recipient, as one of Diversity MBA’s 2011 Top 100 under 50 Executive Leaders, a 2011 recipient of the American Association for Affirmative Action Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award, the Inaugural M2Moms 2010 MomFirst Award, One Mom’s Idea That Made a Difference, The YAI, Business Advisory Council 2010 Advocacy Award, NJ BIZ Magazine’s 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award, The Count Me In, 2008 Make Mine a Million $ Business Program Award, The 2007 Howard L. Green Humanitarian Award from the NJ Broadcasters Association, The College of Charleston’s 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award, The Voices Award 2003 -individuals who have made a difference in the community, The Golden Gate University’s 2002 Alumni Community Service Award, The Fast Company Magazine’s 2002 debut list of “Fast 50″ innovators — individuals whose achievements helped change their companies or society, The Working Mother Magazine’s Mothers We Love Top 25 List in 2000 and the magazine’s 2000 Mothering That Works Award, and numerous elections to a variety of editions to Who’s Who.
Vogel has been featured on NBC News, CNNfn, Lifetime Live on the Lifetime Channel, Good Day NY and Oxygen Television’s Pure Oxygen program. She is the founder and past president of the board of SNAP, Special Needs Advocate for Parents, a member of the College of Charleston Department of Communications Professional Advisory Council, a member of the New Jersey State Employment & Training Commission Disability Issues Committee, a Founding Board Member of the Society for Diversity, a member of the SHRM Workplace Diversity Special Expertise Panel, WBENC, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and a member of NSA, National Speakers Association.
Vogel received an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco,CA and a BS in Industrial Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. She resides in New Jersey, United States, with her husband and two daughters, both of whom have special needs