Shelley Zalis, top left, Gail Tifford, Karen Beebe and Shannon Gordon.
HIGH POINT – For women in the workplace, mentorship is a key part of growth. But, during a conversation at National Retail Federation’s annual retail conference NRF 2021, a panel of female leaders agreed: It is an evolving process and format.
“Mentorship has evolved,” said moderator Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient. “It needs a little disruption and reinvention.”
Speaking just about changes in this past year, the group agreed that the coronavirus pandemic, and the resulting rise in working from home, has changed the way mentors and mentees meet.
“When I think of what a mentor is at the core, that has not changed,” explained Gail Tifford, chief brand officer for WW International Inc. “But how you find that person has changed dramatically.”
Mentees need to be more proactive and intentional when seeking out mentors, both because they have to now try and connect digitally and because they need to be seeking out a more diverse group of mentors no matter the meeting format.
You can have a too “myopic” view of the world if you are just seeking out people you know from your workplace or