There is no question how effective business mentorship programs can be to a business’ success. Businesses big and small encourage mentorship of employees to drive initiative, creativeness, sales and achieve goals. Attributes learned are often applied to other aspects of life.
Recently we were approached by local businessman Greg Boyd with his inspiring story and how he took what was learned through mentorship to the next level in giving back to his community. Read on for his inspiring story.
I was on my way into my first big job interview back in 2009 – fresh out of school, this was a dream job (it was for IBM), and I had a 1 in 750 chance of landing it. I was nervous, but had confidence in my gameplan – my phone buzzed, and when I looked down, I saw that Martin, one of my first mentors in the business world, had sent me a message. It read “remember – impact, impact, impact”. He was retelling the same advice he’d given to me on my first day at IBM as an intern 3 years prior. Martin, a Senior Vice President at IBM shared with me that he had risen through the ranks by keeping his message sharp, always focused on impact when he spoke. That conversation started 3 years prior, and led to many others in that time, serving me well on my big day. Suffice to say, I got the job.
Anyone who has been successful in the business world surely has a story like this – there is a long line of people to thank for successes, but not least of all are the many mentors who helped show the way. Waterloo Region has a blossoming entrepreneurial community due in large part to the successful journeys of few that has seeded the fortunes of many. The path was forged from entrepreneurs who learned hard lessons, and cared enough to invest in sharing them to the so-called ‘new guard’, planting the seeds of more success to come. Those of us who are a part of that community in our Region are fortunate to be a part of it.
But some are not. Hundreds, if not thousands of our youth in Waterloo Region grow up with a full helping of potential, but no guiding force to help bring it to life. As a ‘Big’ at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region (BBBSWR), I saw first-hand amazing young men who had all the potential and hope in the world – they needed what I have been fortunate to receive throughout my life. They needed a Martin to invest in them – mentor them, and share their stories. BBBSWR does this work every day, creating opportunities for mentorship to happen for these young people, and truly transform their lives. They do this on extremely limited resources and tight budgets, and despite their best efforts, face a waiting list hundreds of names that may never enter their programs. They need our help.
Greg along with Jen Forristal, Gary Abbott and Dave Inglis have come together to organize the event “Soirée in Support of BBBSWR”. Join them on Thursday, May 21st for Live Chef Demo (Chef Tom from Boathouse), Live Music, Open Bar (provided by Block 3 Brewing), and a Silent Auction all for a great cause to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region. More than that, come share your story of the mentors who helped you get your start, and continue to build this great community.
Tickets for this inspiring event can be purchased HERE.
Thanks Greg for sharing and we wish you great success at your event! We encourage others inspired by your story to create community events as such and together we can all make a difference!
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