2/26/2015

How important were mentors in your career progression?

Carter Law Group Founder Pamela Carter is one of four CLM members who answered this month's question.

By Bevrlee J. Lips

“I learned the art of the business from professionals who invested their time to relay what they knew to me. The most valuable knowledge isn’t available in a handbook. Their willingness to share with me is what turned on my personal light bulb!”

1. Tony Piloseno, Claims, National Litigation Leader, Westfield. CLM Fellow since 2013.


 “Critical. My mentors were men from all walks of life who had daughters, so they were interested in moving women ahead. They helped with professional development and became advocates and sponsors, using their power and influence to produce career results. They endorsed me and made introductions. We all need both.”

2. Deborah Masucci, President, Masucci Dispute Management & Resolutions Services. CLM Fellow since 2010.


  “I have had two great mentors in my career who took a personal interest in my development and gave me a lot of valuable guidance. I have found that I get as much out of mentoring others as I did as a mentee.”

3. Barry Vogt, Chief Claims Officer, EMPLOYERS. CLM Fellow since 2014.


 “I’m blessed to have mentors serve as role models, confidantes, advocates, and advisors in every aspect of life. They are diverse individuals who have inspired and reassured me. They expand my thinking and perspectives, alter incorrect assumptions, and help me take charge of my career every step of the way.” 

4. Pamela W. Carter, Founder, Carter Law Group. CLM Member since 2011.


69%

Percent of business leaders who say it’s important to have a mentor.

Source: Grant Thornton

71%

Percent of Fortune 500 and private companies that have mentoring programs.  

Source: CMSI Mentoring Solutions

70%

The approximate retention percentage for Sun Microsystems’ mentoring program, which includes both mentor and mentee participants. 

Source: Gartner

81%

Percent of CEOs who say their organizations are looking for a broader range of skills than in the past. 

Source: Price-waterhouseCoopers

500

The number of executives former GE CEO Jack Welch directed to reach out to people below them in a reverse mentoring program

Source: Wall Street Journal



Bevrlee J. Lips was managing editor of Claims Management magazine (now CLM Magazine) from January 2012 until March 2017.

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