MY CONNECTION to mentoring began before I was born. My maiden name was actually Menter (pronounced the same as mentor), so perhaps it was not coincidental that my work focuses on mentoring. What is certain is that my introduction to mentoring began as a Menter.
My mother seemed to be everyone’s informal mentor. She was a leader in a host of community organizations, and people would frequently call on her to share her leadership secrets, bolster their confidence, and support their good intentions. Sometimes she would be gentle, sometimes a bit stern, but she always balanced candor and compassion. Those who were privileged to call her “Mentor Menter” knew that she was there for them and believed in them and the power of their possibilities. ...

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