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Money For Out-of-Work Professional To Become Mentor Consultant


Susan Bender Phelps
Odyssey Mentoring & Leadership

  Interview Highlights

  • A consulting and training company that works with companies that have a mentoring program or want one within their organization.
  • Mentoring relationships are powerful and effective.
  • She is a people skills teacher.
  • They are usually looking at a generational transfer of skills.
  • This is happening because downsizing has taken out the career ladder.
  • She used to be a professional fundraiser and worked as a mentor with at-risk kids.
  • She went back to school in 2005 after 30 years.
  • Got a bachelor's degree in Communications.
  • A year later she got a masters in Management and Organizational Leadership.
  • you can't vote for a president but you can live with very low taxes.
  • She did this all while working full-time.
  • She got laid off and was admitted to a program that helped her start a business while she was on unemployment.
  • She was thinking of starting this business when she would retire.
  • They said her business plan was best they ever saw.
  • She could collect unemployment for 26 weeks while starting her business instead of looking for a job.
  • She also got her health insurance fully paid for 6 months and then they paid 2/3rds of the cost for the next 9 months.
  • She loves what she is doing and her clients love what she is doing.
  • She is giving people a hand up.
  • A mentor helps you practice your skill in a safe place.
  • One out every three employees are going to change jobs once the recession is over.
  • If you are a leader and you are not mentoring someone you are not really leading.