NEW Toronto mentees told to ‘be bold, ask questions’
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
100 mentors and mentees participated in NEW Toronto’s second mentoring event of
the year, Oct. 3, 2013 at Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ont.
NEW Toronto Co-Chairs Karen Young, general manager at Nestlé Waters, and
Michele Hardinge, former senior vice president, fresh food for Walmart Canada,
moderated the event, which allowed emerging leaders to rotate through mentoring
circles led by senior industry executives.
for this event was twice that of NEW Toronto’s April mentoring session. Nine of
the 28 mentors and six of 90 mentees were male.
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advised emerging leaders to "Be bold, ask questions, get yourself noticed,”
emphasizing the importance of self-presentation. "Be aware of not only what you
say, but how you say it. Body language is a very important part of your brand.”
Childerhose, vice president of global business services, client service for Nielsen,
urged attendees to "say yes,” adding that "companies are looking to see how you
can rise to a challenge.” Childerhose recommends finding ways to say "yes” that
make clear your ability to take on stretch assignments, while being realistic.
- Envision yourself already "at the table” —
how you will show up and what
you will contribute. Recognize the ways in which you can advance the
- Work smart, with a critical eye. Observe
and understand others’ accomplishments. Recognize what outcomes they were able
to drive and what you can learn in respect to the organization’s values and
your own leadership skills.
- Resilience is a critical trait of leadership. Organizations benefit from and
seek out leaders who have the capacity to weather the storm. It’s important to
learn from setbacks and regarding them as springboards to move forward. This
requires your ability to frame and take ownership and control of emotions.
- Avoid equating growing and learning with losing your authentic self. As you
grow in your role, continue to remind yourself what is of utmost importance. This
continual self-assessment allows you to tap into the strengths and passions
that can advance the business.
NEW Toronto Co-Chair Michele Hardinge, Fotini
of The Gap Partnership and Dean Knipfel of SC Johnson connect
the NEW Toronto mentoring event.