Lena (&) Jasmine

So, this year, Jasmine and I along with several other executive board members have started the first Quad Cities chapter and non-profit (Quad Cities Area Council on Youth Leadership). Through this chapter, we speak to high school students (juniors getting ready for college) and recognize outstanding performance, offer scholarships, provide coaching, leadership seminars, and other educational opportunities for development.  

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Tiffany (&) Michelle

There are so many things to love about this submission from Tiffany, but our favorite is the fact that Tiffany is so open and candid about her uncertainty around being a mentor. It's easy to have the misperception that mentors are always completely confident in their role, and this is just not the case.

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Jenni (&) Amy

Being matched with Jenni has had a huge impact on my life, and it’s only been a few short months. She has given me the confidence to grow and do things outside of my comfort zone. She inspires me to take chances and utilize my strengths to help others.

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Jennifer (&) Erica

Erica recently completed a post-secondary degree and came to Lead(h)er looking for a mentor who can help her translate the things she is passionate about into her professional life. She was hoping we could match her with someone who is confident both personally and professionally, and who is willing to offer guidance and advice.

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Meredith (&) Rhonda

"I look forward to my time with Rhonda because she is so happy to help me and wants to see me grow. She has so much knowledge and is so willing to share everything she has learned. She is a very kind woman with a huge heart to serve. 

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Kathleen (&) Claire

While Kathleen was identified as the mentor when the two were matched, they have discovered that the real work of mentoring allows both people to move in and out of each rol

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Beth (&) Madelyn

I love that Madelyn is the age of my children, and despite the age difference we have much in common...The other day we were discussing the need for discipline when writing. Set aside specific times and places conducive to tapping our creativity

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Rachel (&) Kara

Kara and Rachel's match story highlights the impact of having an expanded circle of influence.  Rachel's shared connections fueled a new professional opportunity for Kara... one that she might not have uncovered on her own.

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Angie (&) Janessa - 1 Year Update

However, what I'm learning is that the "Mentor"/"Mentee" labels are just that - labels. In all of our matches, we learn from each other, we teach each other, we lean on each other, and we work with each other to take steps towards our goals, take heart in how to become better people/workers/women, and take pride in the community around us and what it can offer us

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Holly (&) Cassie

Cassie has taught me so much about being real and giving selflessly to others. Her future is so bright and I’m so proud of how much she’s achieved in the short time we’ve been matched

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Courtney (&) LuAnn - 1 Year Update

Talking with LuAnn gives me energy.  She truly sees my talent and potential in a different way than I do.  Over the past year, we've shared many laughs and even a few tears. I am so blessed to call LuAnn my mentor, as her experiences, guidance, and her caring heart helps me shine in all areas of life.  

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Brittany (&) Amy

To be pushed to excel is not always the easiest part of our development, but it is certainly easier when you know that the person doing the pushing wants the best for you - it sounds like this is exactly what happens with Amy and Brittany and we are so happy to have had a part in bringing them together!

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Centira, Amanda (&) Dawn

The trick to a successful mentoring relationship is not necessarily about being an expert - instead, the trick is to stay open, meet people where they're at in the moment and be willing to lend any experience that might be useful.

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