Examples – Mentoring For Diversity


Morgan Stanley – The Morgan Stanley Mentor Program goal is a reflection of a business strategy to increase the number of women in sales, executive ranks and other areas of targeted need. The realized that retaining women employees in both client interfaces and internal planning and decision making will be a key competitive advantage, externally by attracting and retaining women clients, and internally by creating opportunities to develop and keep gifted employees, and thereby to build their talent pipeline and succession as senior people retire. Morgan Stanley uses the group mentoring because part of their emerging emphasis is on increased team work and the power of collaboration. Group mentoring therefore, supports that strategic initiative.


McGraw-Hill – Michelle Ferguson, the senior vice president of international operations of McGraw-Hill Education, helped to guide the development of a mentoring program that had the goal to increase retention of women employees. However, the mentoring program uses a different program format than is typical in most business mentoring situations. In the McGraw-Hill program, women choose their own goals—anything from improving work performance or life=work balance, to specific industry savvy. Then, the company program matches mentors and mentees by using data from a mentor questionnaire, phone interviews, and the Mentor Program Committee recommendations for each mentor and mentee. The matches are based on which mentor’s strengths could best help achieve the protege’s specific goals. The mentors and mentees met individually for between one and three hours every month for a year.

The AthenaPowerlink Business Mentor Program – The Greater Phoenix Arizona Chamber of Commerce sponsors this Mentoring Program for women and minority owned or managed businesses. The free year-long Mentoring Program uses a “group mentoring” approach to connect such businesses with advisory panels of experienced professionals. The panels are each individually created to answer specific challenges of each participating business. The panel of mentors review and provide input on the company’s strategy, financial statements, and marketing plan.
Department of Homeland Security Business Mentor-Protege Program
– The Mentor-Protégé program is designed to motivate and encourage large business prime contractor firms to provide mutually beneficial developmental assistance to small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran- owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business, and women-owned small business concerns. The Mentor-Protégé Companies must be in good standing in the federal marketplace.
> Mentor Firms – open to any large business firm that demonstrates the commitment and capability to assist in the development of small business protégés.
> Protégé Firm – All small businesses that meet the definition of small business concern at FAR 19.001, based on their primary NAICS code, are eligible to be protégé firms.


The National Association of Women Business Owners – Orange Coounty (California)
The NAWBO-OC mentoring program helps women business owners achieve excellent results in their businesses and in their lives. During the past 7 years more than 175 women have experienced personal support from qualified executives and coaches to achieve breakthroughs, strengthen business acumen and gain confidence in their leadership skills. The participants met for 2 to 3 hours in person monthly, with phone calls or emails in between.

The Women In Business Mentoring Program – New South Wales, Australia – The program brings knowledge to achieve business success with the aid of co-operative learning and mentor guidance.
The program offers a combination of; five business education workshops, two networking events, and 10 hours of mentoring by an experienced business owner over three to five months.

The NEDC Business Mentoring Program – The NEDC Mentoring Program is a Canadian Aboriginal Program sponsored by the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC). The purpose of the NEDC Mentoring program is to provide new entrepreneurs with additional support so they have the mentoring of someone with greater life and business experience during the critical early years of their business.

Historically Underutilized Business Mentor/Protege Program – The State of Texas Business Mentor-Protégé Program is voluntary and designed to foster long-term relationships between prime contractors/vendors (mentors) and historically underutilized businesses (protégés). The objective is to provide professional guidance and support to the HUB/protégé in order to facilitate their growth and development and increase HUB contracts and subcontracts with the state of Texas. The program is sponsored by the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications

The Department of Defense Business Mentoring Program – The Department of Defense (DoD) Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program seeks to encourage major DoD prime contractors (mentors) to develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) and other eligible protégés. The program is managed by the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs.