Goodwill has been a part of the mentoring program for over a year and have made some excellent connections with their mentors and mentees. We reached out to Isaac Wilson to get his input on the Goodwill mentoring program. Isaac is the Manager of Learning & Development at Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana. He seeks to develop and implement a strategic vision for organizational learning. He administrates and creates e-learning, facilitate classes—including a 9-month leadership course—and does whatever else is necessary to foster an org-wide culture of growing, insatiable learners.
DTS: WHY DID YOUR COMPANY DECIDE TO OFFER THE TALENT NEXUS CUSTOM MENTORING PROGRAM TO YOUR EMPLOYEES?
IW: We saw the value in mentoring. We saw where knowing the right people was helpful and wanted new employees to be able to find those connections as well.
DTS: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE SO FAR?
IW: Great! As an administrator I’ve found the program easy to work with. As a mentor it’s been easy to get tips from the auto messaging. Overall the feedback I’ve heard has been positive, especially from those who have actively participated. They’ve enjoyed it.
DTS: WHAT SUCCESSES HAVE YOU HAD WITH THE PROGRAM?
IW: One person, through their mentoring relationship, transferred to job they wanted; they used the program to propel their career.
DTS: WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR FAVORITE STORIES OF CONNECTIONS MADE THROUGH THE PROGRAM?
IW: A pair in the program, a mentor and a mentee, talked about what they learned from each other. The mentee learned what the organization did on a larger scope, and the mentor, a vice president, got to see day-to-day encounters. It was interesting to see how these new perspectives changed their work.
DTS: HAVE YOU HAD PERSONAL SUCCESSES WITH THE PROGRAM YOU WISH TO SHARE?
IW: I’ve mentored two individuals. It felt great paying it forward.
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