One of our great organization participants, Alpha Chi Omega, has been with us for nearly two years. We interviewed Kristyn Tomlinson to find out more about the sororities involvement in the mentoring program. Kristyn’s professional experience began during her 2-year graduate appointment at Arizona State University where she served as a graduate hall director. She served as a chapter consultant for Delta Zeta Sorority from 2004-2005 where she oversaw colonization efforts at Arizona State University and assisted in colonization at Clemson University. After her year of traveling, Kristyn began work at The Ohio State University, where she served as a hall director for the Honors College and the Pharmacy Living and Learning community. Additionally, Kristyn was responsible for the overall management of five university-affiliated fraternity properties, which included staff supervision, budget oversight, safety regulations and maintenance services. Kristyn was employed by the Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea program, where she served as a resident director for the 2008 summer voyage to Europe and Africa. From 2008-2012 Kristyn held dual roles working as a housing administrator in University Housing and the recruitment coordinator for Greek Life, where she served as interim director. From 2012-2013, Kristyn served as the alumnae specialist and then as the assistant director of education and development for Delta Gamma Fraternity. A family relocation to Indianapolis landed her at Alpha Chi Omega where she served as assistant director of lifetime engagement from 2013-2015. Kristyn began her role as director of lifetime engagement in February 2015.
DTS: WHY DID YOUR COMPANY DECIDE TO OFFER THE TALENT NEXUS CUSTOM MENTORING PROGRAM TO YOUR EMPLOYEES?
KT: We offered it to our employees and our members because we realize the important role that mentoring young women plays in their personal and professional development. A mentoring experience has been requested for several years from our collegiate and alumnae members and we were happy to see that DTS offered a simplified solution that can connect women from all over the country; for alumnae, it’s a simple way to stay connected to their lifetime experience as a member of Alpha Chi Omega without having an obligation to serve in an official volunteer capacity; it’s the ability to give back and share talents and skills with other members; we are in the business of facilitating connections and meaningful relationships.
DTS: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE SO FAR?
KT: So far, we have been very pleased with the results. We see some opportunities to encourage actual connections—so the matching aspect has been the most challenging for us and we believe that it because the collegians may feel intimidated reaching out to potential mentors.
DTS: WHAT SUCCESSES HAVE YOU HAD WITH THE PROGRAM?
KT: Several participants are members that have not been engaged since their college experience, so it’s a return to their roots and we are thrilled that they were able to find an opportunity that resonated for them and took the steps to participate.
DTS: WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR FAVORITE STORIES OF CONNECTIONS MADE THROUGH THE PROGRAM?
KT: One of my favorite stories involves a former staff member, who participated in the pilot program. She is still connected to her mentee and as a result, her mentee has been encouraged to get more involved in campus leadership opportunities and two years later, their relationship continues.
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