Magazine article Aging Today

ASA's Mentor Advantage: A Solid Step on the Path to Leadership

Magazine article Aging Today

ASA's Mentor Advantage: A Solid Step on the Path to Leadership

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Considering the intense need for a more robust workforce in the aging services sector, and an anticipated dearth of people to fill leadership roles, never has mentoring been more necessary. ASA's Mentor Advantage program (http://asaging.org/welcomeasa-mentor-advantage) is an invaluable resource on the path to leadership in the field of aging.

"I was fortunate in my career to have several key mentors in research, policy, and practice-all of whom I met through ASA," said ASA Board Chair Lynn Friss Feinberg in a blog post last summer for the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (http// goo.gl/mG3iP6).

Feinberg explains how some giants in the field helped her career: "Carroll Estes impressed upon me the value of joining committees as a way to develop expertise and make connections with others who I wanted to get to know [in order] to influence positive social change. Robyn Stone helped me understand the importance of developing expertise in a topic area. In my case, it has been family caregiving issues. Robyn Golden showed me that the "art of connection" to people-and listening to colleagues-can greatly enhance one's personal and professional life. These mentors have been critical to my career growth and development."

Mentor Advantage participants tell similar tales from their recent experience. Joyce Weil is an assistant professor in Gerontology at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. Weil says, "Until I die, I want a mentor," and finds mentors in different departments at her workplace.

She is striving to attain tenure, and through Mentor Advantage she connected with Nancy Giunta, an associate professor of social work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City, and director of policy and communications for Silberman Aging. …

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