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.
BE COMMITTED to focused time. The expectation is 1 hour per month for one year.
SET EXPECTATIONS and boundaries. Define the roles, expectations and goals for each of you.
BE FULLY PRESENT with active listening skills. Listen with curiosity, not judgment.
ASK OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS to encourage reflective responses.
TELL YOUR STORY as people learn through storytelling.
BE A RESOURCE for information and skills building. Suggest appropriate skills training and opportunities for professional growth.
BE ACCOUNTABLE and flexible. Hold your mentee accountable for their commitments and goals.
BE OPEN to renegotiating the relationship if personal or professional needs change. Be aware of the significant role you are taking on.
BE CURIOUS and in communication. Serve as a confidant to your mentee by providing objective, appropriate and timely professional advice.
BUILD TRUST and honesty by keeping meetings and discussions confidential.
Source: Asian American Advertising Federation/Asians In Advertising 2022