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Mentor: Anne Pfitzer, Acting Director, Saving Newborn Lives (SueMentors.Blogspot.com) #mentor

Another feature of this blog is bringing you advice and perspectives from people who mentor, by answering 3 questions:

What are mentees looking for?

Most are looking for a job and advice about how to get one. I refer them to your [@SueMentors] favorite resources – LinkedIn, Devex, etc. Also if someone shares a CV, I will hold on to it and often even share it with a few people.

What 1 piece of advice do you give every mentee you work with?

It depends on what the mentee is embarking on. Often, in cross cultural settings especially, I recommend starting new work by listening a lot - figuring out who the informal opinion leaders are and engaging with them. Working through others can make it easier to accomplish goals rather than being out front all the time.

For overseas junior staff, especially women, I tell them not to be afraid to express their ideas. Even if their idea is not accepted, it helps to put themselves out there to learn and develop.

Why are you interested in mentoring?

I have benefited from good advice over the years, and think it’s appropriate to share some back with others. For those that I have worked with closely, it’s always gratifying to see them succeed and advance. Very satisfying.

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