2016 Executive Speed Mentoring

By: Angel Arocho & Richard Belizaire

What is the best way to approach a leader to request mentorship? How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance while trying to advance your career? How frequently should you follow up with a prospective mentor via email? What is the best approach for requesting and coordinating a day of shadowing with leaders and mentors? These were just a few of the many questions addressed at the discussion panel during NAMIC’s sixth annual Executive Speed Mentoring Event on Oct. 17.

This year, event hosted 14 executives from a variety of disciplines and four different local organizations. This year’s event netted the highest number of registrations in its six year tenure as a staple chapter event for NAMIC Philadelphia. We exceeded capacity within a few days of the event’s registration link going live. The event has grown more in popularity each year, as it serves to address the needs of our chapter members and guests.

The event was kicked off by the chapter president, Angel Arocho, at 5:30 p.m. Over the next two hours, over 40 mentees met and spoke with at least three executive mentors. During these one-on-one meetings, wide range of career and professional development related topics were discussed. It was a rare and exciting opportunity for our members and guests to interact with executives familiar with the challenges and recipes for a success career track.

The discussion panel was moderated by Dionne Vernon – Director at BPE, a long-time supporter of the ESM event.

This year’s panel included:

Angel Arocho
Sr. Director of Operations Compliance at Comcast and NAMIC Philadelphia President

Aaron M. Greenfield
VP of Business Development at The Judge Group

Shannon Cassidy
Founder and CEO of Bridge Between Inc.

The raffle winner for the apple watch went to Richard Cruz.