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Client Profile – Shelly Meyer, 3Rivers

Shelly Meyer, 3Rivers

Shelly Meyer, 3Rivers

After our great interview with Jennie Gerken, we wanted to reach out to 3Rivers again to get the perspective of their other program administrator, Shelly Meyer. Shelly is a graduate of Indiana State University and the 2010 class of Leadership Fort Wayne.  She currently sits on the board of Erin’s House, co-chairs the Sponsorship Committee for the Vera Bradley Classic, works with Talent Nexus and the 3Rivers Mentoring Program, has worked on fundraising committees for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, is a sustaining member of the Fort Wayne Junior League, and has volunteered for Junior Achievement and the United Way.

 

 

 

DTS: WHY DID YOUR COMPANY DECIDE TO OFFER THE MENTORING CIRCLES PROGRAM TO YOUR EMPLOYEES?

SM: We wanted to give employees the opportunity to help with their own successes, and an opportunity to be exposed to mentors outside the company to get a fresh perspective.

 

DTS: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE SO FAR?

SM: It has been eye-opening to watch people realize that they have gone through the same obstacles and that they are not alone. It has given them the opportunity to talk about experiences and grow. They’ve become more willing to get involved, ask questions. The work they do has been elevated as a result.

 

DTS: WHAT SUCCESSES HAVE YOU HAD WITH THE PROGRAM?

SM: It’s created a lot of energy throughout. I’ve seen how it lets everyone know that we have a vested interest in growing themselves. People are willing to be out there more; they’re not as afraid. They’re getting involved in programs, taking leads, and trying new things. They’re also utilizing the folks around them for help.

 

DTS: WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR FAVORITE STORIES OF CONNECTIONS MADE THROUGH THE PROGRAM?

SM: There was an employee who had been a people manager. She transferred to a program manager because she felt like she wasn’t a good people manager.  However, she really wasn’t positioned to succeed.  She realized this and has worked on her skill sets to know how and what to do to be successful in the future and to feel comfortable in reaching out to others for help.

 

DTS: HAVE YOU HAD PERSONAL SUCCESSES WITH THE PROGRAM YOU WISH TO SHARE?

SM: There’s a satisfaction in knowing that you’ve made a difference. I’ve learned that no matter how old or young you are, you have something to give.

 

At Diverse Talent Strategies, we offer mentoring programs and resources for both individuals and companies.  To learn, more, contact us today.

Alison Martin-Books

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Alison Martin-Books is the Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Diverse Talent Strategies, a family of brands offering turn-key solutions for mentoring, women’s leadership initiatives, and recruitment. With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization

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