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.
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