It's national mentorship month! As creator and host of the #DocsWithDisabilities Podcast, I am thrilled to share an episode, and a series of episodes, that are not only close to my heart but also pivotal to the growth and success of disability resource professionals (DRPs) everywhere.
Our special six-episode series highlighting the amazing work of DRP's begins with an episode about Mentorship.
Here are three key takeaways from our discussion with some of the most influential figures in the field:
1. Mentorship is About Investing in People, Not Just Imparting Knowledge
Our guests shared their experiences and insights, highlighting that mentorship goes beyond teaching or advising. It's about genuinely investing in the growth and success of others. Whether through sharing resources, providing guidance, or simply being a sounding board for ideas, mentorship is about nurturing a supportive environment where professionals can thrive.
2. The Power of Community and Non-Territorial Support
One of the most beautiful aspects of the DRP community is its non-territorial nature. Our guests emphasized the importance of sharing successes and challenges openly, without fear of competition. This creates a culture of collective growth and learning, where everyone's win is celebrated, and setbacks are addressed with collective wisdom.
3. Succession Planning and the Legacy of Leadership
As we navigate our careers, it's essential to think about the legacy we leave behind. Our incredible guests discussed the importance of succession planning and ensuring that the next generation of DRPs is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to carry the torch forward. This involves intentional mentorship and creating opportunities for emerging leaders to shine.
Tune in to this heartfelt episode to hear firsthand from Jane Jarrow, Jane Thierfeld Brown, Paul Grossman, Michelle Rigler, and Jan Serrantino as they share their journeys, the impact of mentorship on their careers, and how they continue to shape the future of disability services in higher education.
Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and be inspired by the stories of those who have paved the way for us.
Listen or read along, learn, and let's continue to build a strong and supportive community together.
Don't forget to thank your Mentors on National Thank a Mentor Day, January 21st!
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