The Wisconsin Association of Legal Administrators has implemented a Mentoring Program as a tool to provide developmental opportunities for both mentors and mentees. The program is designed to promote professional and personal development among legal administrators by connecting them with others who can advise, coach, and guide them, as well as help them understand the many benefits of membership.
The benefits of mentoring go well beyond the occasional protocol question. Many mentees believe that the single greatest benefit of a mentor/mentee relationship is having a confidant and advisor. Others feel that the insights they received from their mentors truly helped in their professional development and yet others believe they benefited from the encouragement and morale boost provided by their mentor.
Mentors. Mentoring requires patience, specific skills, and characteristics that include open mindedness, empathy, being a lifelong learner, good communication skills and being responsible. Some of the benefits of being a mentor are the opportunity to "give back", a sense of accomplishment, and an energized enthusiasm. Download a Mentor Application Form here.
Mentees. Mentees receive many benefits from the mentoring relationship including interaction with more seasoned legal administrators, personal encouragement, additional knowledge and professional skills, the opportunity to ask questions and receive one-on-one feedback and support and guidance in their career as a legal administrator. Download a Mentee Application Form here.
The program is voluntary, but assistance is provided in helping match mentors with mentees. Any questions regarding the program should be directed to Past President, Stephanie S. Dantinne at 920.431.2233 or via e-mail.
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