We recently reached out to one of our new clients, Scantron, to get some feedback on their experiences in the program so far. Nikki Eatchel, Chief Assessment Officer for Scantron has more than 24 years of experience in the assessment industry. She has been personally responsible for the leadership and management of large-scale programs around the world, as well as providing services and support to state-wide clients, working in some capacity with all 50 states within the U.S. She has also served in executive leadership positions in program management, product management, client support, and business development.
Nikki was the Chairman of the Board for the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) in 2017 and continues to serve on the Executive Board as an elected member. Her vast experience in both assessment and in executive leadership has helped drive growth in large scale organizations for more than two decades.
DTS: WHY DID YOUR COMPANY DECIDE TO OFFER THE TALENT NEXUS MENTORING PROGRAM TO YOUR EMPLOYEES?
NE: I think mentorship is a vital part of everyone’s professional development, and for many people, it is hard to come by without some help. The Talent Nexus Mentoring program provided a great way to offer mentorship opportunities for our employees in an organized and cost-effective manner. It also provides the structure and training necessary to ensure that mentors and mentees have the skills necessary to make the most of the experience.
DTS: WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO ACCOMPLISH WITH YOUR MENTORING PROGRAM?
NE: I am hoping to give the employees of Scantron an opportunity to receive the kind of great feedback, advice, and helpful interactions that support personal and professional growth inside and outside of our company. I have also had the pleasure of having some great mentors over the course of my career and I feel sense of responsibility to ensure that I am providing that same type of mentorship (either directly myself or indirectly through access to Talent Nexus) to members of my teams.
DTS: WAS THERE A MENTOR WHO HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY INFLUENTIAL IN YOUR CAREER? TELL ME ABOUT THEM.
NE: Kevin Brueggeman, Scantron’s Chief Executive Officer, has been a mentor for me for many years. Kevin is a great leader – smart, ethical, motivational – while also being very approachable and down-to-earth. It is that combination that makes him a particularly impactful mentor. It is obvious in the way that he works with his employees and other professionals in the industry that he places a high value on helping to grow talent and on providing mentorship to those around him. His participation and support of this mentoring program for our organization is not surprising, but is definitely appreciated by both myself as well as our employees.
DTS: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE SO FAR WORKING WITH DTS TO BRING MENTORING TO YOUR COMPANY?
NE: We are definitely at the beginning stages in working with DTS, but we have found the organization to be passionate, helpful, and engaged with us as we embark upon this new program. It is obvious that they want us to be successful and are invested in helping us implement and maintain the program in the best possible way for our participants.
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