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In her book Composing a Life, author Mary Catherine Bateson posits that women approach life as if it were a symphony. There are different, distinct movements yet each one contributes to the whole.
An orchestra needs a conductor to lead musicians through the twists and turns of the score, but the conductor also needs an orchestra to make the music happen. The relationship is symbiotic, just like it can be for a mentor and her protege.
At the NASPA/ACPA conference held in Orlando in April, three women from James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia spoke about their mentoring experiences from both sides of the aisle. They were: Anna Lynn Bell, coordinator of advising in the major; Melissa McDonald, assistant director in the office of residence life and Dr. Teresa Gonzalez, vice provost for academic affairs.
Mapping and mentoring are two tried-and-true strategies that can help women achieve career success. Mentoring helps open doors and connect people together, encouraging the use of power in a positive way. Mapping is a tool to identify skills, abilities and experiences that enable one to choose an appropriate mentor.
Mentoring is a relationship that transcends supervisory structures and titles. A good mentoring relationship can result in: career advancement, an exchange of skills …