Published date: Thursday, 2 June 2022

LoopWe: The Magic of Mentorship

In an ever-changing ad tech space, many of us are continuously seeking to develop new skills, learn new things, and challenge ourselves in our careers. However, this can feel overwhelming and few know where to start. 

Having the right mentor is one of the most valuable and effective career development opportunities. Some important benefits include an increase in self-confidence, exposure to new ways of thinking, and support in networking. This week, we were thrilled to welcome Marni Gordon, Senior VP of Partnerships at the ANA Educational Foundation to our next edition of LoopWe, “The Magic of Mentorship”. 

Marni is passionate about helping others with career and leadership development, and has been a mentor for over 15 years. 

Marni sat down with Rachel Conforti, SVP of Marketing at LoopMe to share her knowledge and provide tips to those exploring mentorship. Here are a few key takeaways:

  • What is a mentor? Mentors are usually an experienced individual who shares knowledge, experience, and advice with a less experienced person, or “mentee.”  This person will share advice, help you network, provide support in finding new opportunities, and help navigate challenging situations such as transitioning to a new role or taking on a major goal. It’s important to remember that a mentor differs from a coach. Coaches partner with their clients to ask powerful questions to help them develop their own key insights, action plan and accountability based on the client’s agenda.
  • When is the right time to seek a mentor? The time is now! It is strongly recommended to have a general idea of short and long term career goals, as this will make it easier to find the right mentor. 
  • How to find a mentor: Finding a mentor program is easy! Here are a few ways to find the right mentor:
  1. Contact career development centers at universities you’re interested in, or have attended.
  2. Reach out to your network. Seek out individuals in your industry who are currently in a role you wish to be in in the future. Linkedin is a great place to start! 
  3. Approach your industry trade association. Connect with a member representative to see if they have a mentoring program you can participate in.

Interested in learning more? Check out Career Chat with Marni, a complimentary bi-monthly newsletter with easy-to-read tips and actionable advice for marketers on ways to take your career to the next level and how to master the art of networking.