“The match was perfect and I really enjoy speaking with Kristen. She is extremely wise and has given me great insight into what to do about my career.”
- Derrick M., U.S. Army National Guard, Paired with Bristol-Myers Squibb Mentor Kristen R.
“Daniel is an impressive young man and I see our friendship continuing after the mentorship is formally completed.”
- John S., Verizon Mentor paired with Daniel G., U.S. Army
To recognize the successes of ACP’s Protégés, ACP periodically spotlights Protégés who have gone above and the beyond the requirements of the Mentoring Program to make the most of their mentorships. Mentors nominate their Protégés for this recognition by submitting a brief description detailing what their Protégé has done to help ensure their mentorship has been beneficial. ACP then reviews the nominations in order to select which Protégés to spotlight. Protégés are spotlighted on the website and through ACP’s social media.
If you believe that your Protégé deserves to be spotlighted, please email a brief synopsis explaining their dedication to the mentorship to email@example.com. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on our website and social media.
Mentors are encouraged to submit nominations as they wish.
Spotlight: Jennifer Kuhnen, Virginia Beach, VA, US Navy
Mentor Lisa Roy, Blue Bell, PA, Travelers
I am nominating Jennifer Kuhnen for the Protégé Spotlight. Jennifer is an extremely motivated person and a joy to mentor. She served our country for twenty years, which began just two months before her twentieth birthday, and officially retired from the Navy in January, 2015. During her years in the service, she was able to attain an AS degree through Excelsior and received her diploma by mail. She is now on her way to a BS Degree in legal studies from Post University where she is enrolled in an online degree program. With just eleven courses to go, she plans on attending the commencement ceremony for this degree rather than receiving her diploma by mail because she advised me, “It is a HUGE accomplishment for me, especially considering I never intended to start college until I was out of the Navy and didn't even get my GED until I'd been in the Navy for 3 years. Plus I am the only person in my family to have earned a college degree at all”. Since her retirement we have worked closely together to fine tune her résumé, discuss the interview process, and look for avenues to meet an employer that will see her potential. She is driven and strives for what she wants. She is attending job fairs, applying for jobs online, working with placement agencies, looking to boost her résumé by becoming a notary, and the list goes on. Jennifer remains realistic and knows that working in a corporate setting will be a big change from working in a military setting. She is eager to get her feet wet and willing to take on entry level work to get in the door. She has made smart observations during her journey and follows up on every lead. I am truly honored to be Jennifer’s Mentor. She has proven herself to be someone who won’t stop until she reaches her goals. For that reason I will continue to assist Jennifer in any way I can to make her transition into the workforce a good experience. Although our mentorship will be over before she attains her degree, I have offered to escort her to her graduation to show support of all she has accomplished.
Spotlight: Doug Ramsdell, Pace, FL, US Navy Reserve
Mentor Ronald Blahnik, Smyrna, GA, Home Depot
To recognize the outstanding work of participating Mentors, ACP has created the Mentor of the Month contest. Each month, ACP staff reviews nominations and selects 1–3 Mentors who have had the greatest impact on their Protégés. To commemorate the winners, each selected Mentor is featured on the ACP website and both Mentor and Protégé receive an ACP memento.
If you are a Protégé and would like to recognize the outstanding work of your Mentor, please send up to one paragraph explaining how your Mentor has had a positive impact on you. Please email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.
Veteran Protégés are encouraged to submit nominations as many times as they wish.