—speed mentor v.
They shake hands and start talking about life goals, past experiences and future dreams.
Some feel a spark, while others suffer through awkward silences. A few minutes later, the bell clangs again and they move on to the next potentially life-changing stranger.
Speed dating? That's so 2003.
This is speed mentoring, the new way to jump-start your destiny.
The goal is career-building, not courtship, but the underlying philosophy remains the same: Rather than waste hours with a mentor who's just not that into you, spend a few minutes with a variety of people in hopes of finding that special someone who truly understands your career aspirations.
—Rebecca Dube, "Career inspiration, five minutes at a time," The Globe and Mail, March 31, 2008
Intel Corp. formed the Women at Intel Network to do just that. Imelda Castro, director of technology manufacturing group training, said the program helps women achieve their career goals and develop leadership skills. The company hosts an annual in-house conference geared toward women. It includes speakers, panel discussions and "speed mentoring" to inspire.
—Geri Koeppel, "Firms aim to be more female-friendly," The Arizona Republic, February 17, 2008
—"Good Ole Network Starting for Women Entrepreneurs," Business Wire, December 20, 1995