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New Program for Hoosier Employers to Attract, Retain and Develop Top Talent

Diverse Talent Strategies Announces New Partnership with Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Program to help employers attract, retain, and develop talent in the State of Indiana


Indianapolis, IN — Diverse Talent Strategies (DTS) announces today a new partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to deploy the Engage Mentoring program. The initiative will help students connect with university alumni and employers in the State of Indiana and will arm employers with tools to attract, retain, and develop talent.

The Engage Mentoring program is a model of mentoring that uses a proprietary software system to help employees build the necessary skills needed to be good mentors, as well as connect with qualified mentors in the business community.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Commission for Higher Education on the Engage Mentoring program,” said Sheri Alexander, president, employee benefits at Gregory & Appel Insurance and chairperson of the Engage Mentoring Executive Leadership Roundtable.  “Now more than ever, employers need resources and strategies for employee engagement and development. This program will be a powerful tool in their arsenal.”

Gregory & Appel Insurance will launch the Engage Mentoring program internally making them among the first companies in the State of Indiana to implement the program.

“We are excited to partner with DTS on the Engage Mentoring program,” said Jason Bearce, senior associate commissioner for strategy and external affairs at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. “We are most excited about two aspects of the Engage Mentoring program: First, our students will receive training on how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship and how to be both a good mentor and a good mentee. Second, they will have access to a wide variety of mentors in the business community. We are excited to play an active role in connecting our students to businesses. It’s a win-win in connecting companies to the talent they need.”

Click here for more information about the Engage Mentoring program and how to get your company involved.


About Diverse Talent Strategies

Diverse Talent Strategies is a talent development consulting firm offering turn-key mentoring programs for corporations and organizations intent on attracting, retaining, and developing their talent. Learn more at diversetalentstrategies.com.

About the Indiana Commission for Higher Education

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is a 14-member public body created in 1971 to define the missions of Indiana’s colleges and universities, plan and coordinate the state’s postsecondary education system, and ensure that Indiana’s higher education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state. The Commission includes representatives from each Congressional district, three at-large members, a college faculty representative and a college student representative.

About Gregory & Appel Insurance

Gregory & Appel Insurance is a fiercely independent risk management advisor, proactively guiding people and businesses through the complexities of insurance and employee benefits with smart, future-focused solutions. Learn more at gregoryappel.com.

Alison Martin

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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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