L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program


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To achieve career success in today’s constantly changing, complex work environment, professionals in the telecommunications industry are often challenged to explore avenues outside traditional organizational programs (e.g., company-sponsored training and development initiatives, workshops, and seminars, etc.) for the kind of information, insight, and understanding they need to take charge of their careers. The L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program was created to fill this gap for NAMIC members.

NAMIC initially established the mentorship program in 1993, and in 1997 renamed it in honor of the late L. Patrick Mellon, an executive with ESPN, Inc, one of NAMIC’s founding members, and a respected mentor in the cable industry. The goal of the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program is to aid NAMIC members in growing their careers in the telecommunications industry by matching them with mentors who can assist them with their professional advancement strategies.

The mentoring process is one in which a mentor and a mentee embark upon a journey of reflection, discovery, sharing of ideas, and skills development in support of the mentee’s professional growth. The mentoring relationship involves free, earnest, and frank collaboration in an atmosphere of confidentiality and mutual respect. Mentoring is a way of turning dedicated professionals into leaders!

Committed top level industry executives are recruited to serve as mentors to NAMIC members for a nine-month period. In these one-on-one relationships, mentors provide support, guidance, and career advice. Mentors are asked to make a minimum commitment of two hours per month to the mentoring process.

All NAMIC members are eligible to participate in the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship program. To sign up as a mentee or mentor, please create a profile at suite.insala.com/login/NAMIC. The goal is to clarify the interests, expectations, needs and goals of the prospective mentee. Each mentor and mentee will have an account to help manage and track the progress of their relationship.

Participants in the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program feel that it is one of the greatest benefits of their NAMIC membership providing them the opportunity to:

  • Expand their vision
  • See new career possibilities
  • Polish their skills
  • Increase their career visibility and exposure
  • Broaden their networks
  • Attain professional and personal achievement

Please apply today to begin your L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program experience. Contact the NAMIC Mentoring team at 212-594-5985 or email mentoring@namic.com if you have any questions about the program. You must be a NAMIC member to be mentored through the L. Patrick Mellon Program.

Mentor Program Dates

The program is rolled out in three nine-month cycles, beginning in January, June and September of each year. Participants should create or update their profiles at suite.insala.com/login/NAMIC least two months prior to the beginning of each mentoring cycle, although pairing mentors and mentees happens throughout the year, as mentors become available.

This format allows us to effectively track participants in the program and assist with career advancement strategies, professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

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