My Mentoring in the Marketplace post, prompted several online comments which caused me to first address the questions and expectations that mentors should have of mentees. Today, we are talking about what mentors get out of mentoring. I have already shared that the purpose of mentoring is not to control or manipulate others.
Last weekend I was honored to attend the first Synergy Women’s Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX. The weekend was full of reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones, and hanging with writing buddies (yeah, Gifted for Leadership and Redbud Writer’s Guild).
I’ve been connected to Synergy for several years (currently serving on the Board of Advisers) and remain passionate about the organization because of its core values of being kingdom minded, spiritually grounded, leader focused, community driven, authentically generous, and culturally progressive. The evangelical community needs Synergy and I trust that God has great things ahead! Women leaders need Synergy to continue as a safe place of education, encouragement, renewal, challenge, and hope.
Sometimes I believe our consciousness is numbed by the thought of a black man murdered in the streets. The picture has become common place in the news, some communities, and even the internet. Yet, for me—as a Black woman who looks at Black men and see fathers, brothers, sons, husbands, mentors, teachers, leaders, coaches, and friends—I’m deeply troubled at every lost and every story that comes to my attention.
Today, the image of Jonathan Ferrell is on my mind. Jonathan was a 24 year (former college student, a chemistry major with a 3.7 GPA at Florida A&M University). In the early hours of the morning on September 14, 2013 he had a horrible car accident, where he managed to escape through the back window. In a state of shock, he walked to a nearby house to ask for help. The woman of the house was no doubt in fear of her life (and that of her son who was also in the home). She assumed Jonathan was trying to rob her and called 911. The responding police officer shot unarmed Jonathan 10 times. End of story.