It’s time to come out of the closet for more than the month of June – to take some important steps along the journey to publicly demonstrate to your employees, clients and stakeholders that you are an open and inclusive organization.
LEVERAGE YOUR TIME with your mentor. Be respectful of the relationship.
KEEP COMMITMENTS you agreed to with your mentor. Come to meetings prepared with a plan of action and follow-up with next steps and an email recap.
BE CURIOUS and open. Your mentor will provide you with new perspectives and advice based on real life experience – take advantage of it.
BE FLEXIBLE. Renegotiate your mentorship when your personal or professional needs change.
BE IN COMMUNICATION. It’s your role to be in proactive communication with your mentor about scheduling.
THE RELATIONSHIP IS ABOUT CANDOR, trust and honesty, so keep your meetings and discussions confidential.
BE PREPARED for your meetings with professionalism and consider proposing an agenda.
LISTEN with an open mind and challenge yourself to find connection. Be curious.
TAKE NOTES to remember key points and commitments.
SAY THANK YOU and show gratitude after each session.
Source: Asian American Advertising Federation/Asians In Advertising 2022