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Ascend Metro NY Inaugural Professional Mentoring Program Kick-Off & Speed Networking Event

Friday, August 02, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Inaugural Professional Mentoring Program Kick-Off & Speed Networking Event

On July 25th 2013, the Ascend Professional Metro NY Chapter successfully hosted 16 seasoned professionals, and 16 up-and-coming next generation professionals for the kick-off of the inaugural professional mentoring program, and rapid rounds of speed networking.

The Professional Mentoring Program is modeled after, and inspired by the success of the Ascend Student Mentoring Program. Both programs focus on one-on-one mentoring and building relationships that are mutually beneficial. The mentors hail from the Big Four firms, bulge bracket financial companies, and well established consulting firms, with an average experience of more than 15 years.

At the kick-off event, Stanley Woo, a mentor, a KPMG Partner, and a NY Metro Chapter board member, addressed the group on his perspectives on how he thought that the Mentorship Program could be a mutually beneficial to both mentors and mentees.

Irene Chan, the Vice President of Events at Ascend NY Metro Chapter, and the founder of both mentoring programs, gave a quick presentation on the goals, expectations, and her vision for the professional mentoring program. She also shared the mentee selection process.

Diana Solash, Executive Director at EY and ex-president of the Ascend NY Metro chapter, encouraged all mentees to be prepared when they meet with mentors in the future; set the agenda and even attended Ascend events together. Diana also shared 5 tips about mentorship:

1. Build and invest in relationship building

2. State your ambition & understand what it takes to get promoted

3. Take a lunch break and get to know the people around you

4. Do not be afraid of promoting yourself

5. Do not be afraid of taking risk

The highlight of the evening was the speed networking. At ten minutes per round, each mentee moved around the room until they had spent some time with each mentor. This quick interaction allowed the mentors and mentees to rank one another to help facilitate the final pairing.

Cecilia Wang, one of the rising professional mentees also shared her view on what she would like to achieve from this event:

"I am looking forward to the invaluable opportunity to network with the executives who are kind and generous in sharing their career path and life stories. All those advices have been inspiring and energizing for my early career. I hope to build a long lasting relationship with the mentors and hopefully give back to this community one day.”

Jenny Guan, shares her experience with the program:

"I have attended the Ascend professional mentoring program since last year. This program has been a great experience to me. My mentor has provided me with guidance on my developmental areas and helped me to set up plans to move toward my career goals. I encourage my peers to apply for this program or find a mentor at work to guide them through career paths. When I first applied to the Ascend Professional Mentoring Program, I had the expectations of finding a mentor who was knowledgeable, had the experience in mentee’s respects and could support the growth and development of the mentee. I have benefited more than what I have expected from this program. I am looking forward to another great mentoring year.”

The evening concluded on a sense of anticipation and excitement for new meaningful relationships. We are grateful for all the mentors for their commitment to this program, KPMG for being a gracious host, and the volunteers for their invaluable assistance.

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