PSI Network Connect Mentoring Program
Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Army General, Colin Powell considered his father, Luther Powell a powerful mentor. Powell believes that all Americans should make a commitment to mentoring. “All… of us have the ability to serve as a mentor – to step forward and say, ‘I’m going to be a mentor, because I want this next generation to take America to a higher level, a better place.’”
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi looks for mentors in all aspects of her life: “If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m a product of great mentoring, great coaching… Coaches or mentors are very important.” She credits the mentoring she received from people around her for helping her break glass ceilings in business.
Physicist and astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride’s graduate school professor, Dr. Arthur Walker was her life-long mentor and initially encouraged her to apply to NASA’s astronaut corps. “He instilled confidence, and made me believe that I could accomplish what I set out to accomplish,” Ride said.
It’s a time-honored practice that has served society well since the beginning of mankind. The tradition of having someone support you with his knowledge and experience helps others avoid pitfalls and expedite their success in their current position in the fundraising arena.
Today, the lines between mentoring and networking are becoming blurred. Some may call it “mentworking.” The Network Connect program provides both.
Our SDA institutions are full of knowledgeable, talented people who desire others to grow and flourish. The Network Connect program introduces qualified fundraisers to those seeking support in their new endeavor.
- Are you a new college president who wishes to consult with a veteran college president with fundraising experience?
- Are you a new principal seeking knowledgeable advice on fundraising from a veteran principal who has had successful experiences in fundraising?
- Are you a new fundraiser seeking assistance in how to conduct your program?
- Are you new to a specific fundraising position (e.g. Major Gifts Officer, Annual Fund Director, Alumni/Development Director) and seek counsel on how best to succeed?
Whatever your position, there is a match waiting to be made!
Become a peer-coaching mentor –or — the beneficiary of a mentorship who wishes to “learn the ropes.”
Let’s get started! For questions and additional information, contact the PSI Network Connect Manager.
Once you are accepted into the program, PSI will provide you with more information on making the most of your partnership.