ACP Protégés Thank Their Mentors
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: Andrew Machado, Fort Lee, NJ, U.S. Navy
Mentor Alexander Haugh, New York, NY, Barclays
Andrew has been my mentee for roughly 6 months. The entire time, he’s shown initiative in maintaining a steady dialogue with me, both “give and take” – he asks for advice, but also shows how much learning he’s done in class and through his internships. It makes it easy when your mentee puts in the “elbow grease” of training himself or herself on a subject, so that you only need to provide guidance! In Andrew’s case, one reason why we were matched is because I have 8+ years of experience in Financial Services – exactly what Andrew wanted to break into, and exactly the type of person I was looking to mentor. In our case, while I did provide 1 letter of recommendation to my firm vouching for Andrew’s exceptional character, Andrew did 100% of the work in securing an Internship offer here at my employer – and at 2 others. While he had 3 offers to choose from, I’m glad that we’ll be able to work even closer, since he chose my employer for this summer’s internship.
Spotlight: Matthew Flesch, Alexandria, VA, U.S. Navy
Mentor David Benson, Roseville, MN, Tyco
Matt has been dedicated to the program from the very first time we exchanged e-mails. When we first spoke we quickly created a list of tasks that needed to be addressed to help Matt execute on his new career ambitions. We laid out a path prioritized by career development needs and goals. After developing that plan we worked on translating a resume with military accomplishments into something a civilian recruiter or organization could understand, appreciate and value. Matt was engaged in the process and we had very solid ideation and collaboration sessions on how to best proceed. I am happy to say that shortly after our work together Matt has found himself a great job that in time may develop into his second career. We still talk every 2-4 weeks. The conversations have transitioned from how to get a job to how to interact with people in situations that are not dictated by “rank”. We discuss peer relationships and how to manage those interactions, developing and having relationships with upper management, how to communicate and illustrate his accomplishments in the tasks he has taken on in his new job, and one of my favorite topics, our lives and how we are doing outside of the program. We have developed a friendship that I value very much. I have learned at least as much, if not more than Matt through this program and feel a great sense of pride for the little help and guidance I offered Matt along the way.
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 e-mail all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.