Mutual Mentorship

There’s a special place in hell for women and men who don’t help each other.

—Michelle, age twenty-five (quoting Secretary of State Madeleine Albright)

A 2012 Dimensional Research survey revealed that mentorship was the number one request by Millennials worldwide, with 42 percent requesting help finding a mentor.1 In my discussions with more than one hundred Millennials across the United States, mentorship came up eight out of ten times, right behind access to senior management. “Young people want to be mentored,” says Jennifer, twenty-seven. “All of my friends have mentors and we share what our mentors share with us with each other.”

Mentorship is obviously not a new phenomenon, but what today’s young mentees want out ...

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