Mentoring connects cultures and generations

Often mentoring is seen as a one-way street, where an older, more experienced mentor is sharing his or her wisdom with the newbie.

However, at its best, mentoring is a learning environment for both. This is especially true when different cultures and generations meet.

Here are some guidelines for a successful diversity mentoring program:

  1. Mentors need training. Diversity mentoring is not a familiar concept for most people.
  2. Programs should be inclusive and open for everyone. You should not exclude certain individuals or groups from diversity training.
  3. Program ownership. For a mentoring program to be effective it needs a champion at the executive level.
  4. Set goals. Ambitious but realistic goals should be set before starting the program to avoid it being empty talk.