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Mentoring as a Strategy for Inclusion

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Many already recognize the value of well-constructed mentoring programs and the impact they can have on succession planning, employee engagement, and talent development.  But a well-constructed mentoring program can also be a strategy to promote inclusion among diverse populations.

If a company relies solely on “organic” mentoring where mentors choose whom they will mentor, unconscious bias often enters those selections and mentors will tend to mentor and sponsor younger versions of themselves.  This means critical relationships can be difficult to access for diverse candidates in less diverse organizations.

Companies with no formal inclusion strategy for mentoring are often left to wonder why the lack of diversity of their senior leadership team continues to perpetuate itself and why diverse candidates either hit a glass ceiling within the organization or leave because they see a clearer path elsewhere.

A formal mentoring structure can be a game-changer for a company culture.  Studies show mentoring can impact how well a company attracts, retains, and develops their talent.  By empowering mentees to make their mentoring selections and building a culture that supports equal access for all employees, a company can win the war on talent and build a workforce reflective of the communities it serves and see a dramatic impact on their bottom line.

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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