Posted by Southwest Beverages on 1/22/2015
According to Greek mythology, Mentor
is the son of Heracles and Asopis and
a friend to Odysseus’ son, Telemachus. When Odysseus, King of Ithaca, left to
fight in the Trojan War, he entrusted Mentor
with the care of his palace and education, care and well being of his son.
Accordingly, mentor has become known as someone who shares their general life
experiences (or specific life experiences, as the case may be) with another
person (protégé) who is, often than not, less experienced-often a younger
The mentor relationship with the protégé can be either a
formal one, where the mentor belongs to a formal organization or an informal
one. While I never belonged to a formal mentoring organization I have had the
opportunity over the years to mentor colleagues, students, youth who have gone
astray, friends and my children on an array of subjects ranging from what
classes shall I take in my first year of college to, how to finance my first
house, to when should I sleep with my boyfriend, to I want to be the CFO-guide
In sharing my life experiences with my protégé the first
thing I always do is to understand their needs (behavioral, financial, career,
intellectual, etc.). Once these needs are understood I then can then begin to
share my technical knowledge, wisdom, success, guidance, assistance, etc. with
the protégé, so that the protégé gains my respect, trust and confidence knowing
that I can fulfill their needs.
While I am extremely proud of the many people I have mentored
over the years in various capacities, I would like to highlight one person in
particular since January is national mentoring month. Accordingly, I would like
to introduce you to Laura Gallagher, who, in my opinion, defines the meaning of
an, “extra-ordinary person”. Laura is a passionate, career oriented, nursing
professional who has successfully advanced her educational goals from Medical
Assistant to Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science-Nursing,
Registered Nurse and is now attending the University of Arizona as a candidate
for a Doctorate degree in Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. In addition, in the five years Laura worked at
Life Care Center of Tucson she demonstrated her leadership and management experience
such that she has been promoted three times. So what makes Laura
“extra-ordinary” relative to other people who have taken the same academic and
career path? Laura has done it the “hard way”. By “hard way” I mean Laura is a
product of inner Tucson, who was raised by a single parent, her hero Mom, and
who “put” herself through school every step of the way, most notably by
commuting 120 miles each way for 4 years after working 8 hour shifts at Life
Care of Tucson to attend the University of Phoenix to earn her Bachelor’s
degree in nursing, and who has sacrificed her personal life by studying
endlessly for the sake of developing her academic career AND who has done all
this while raising a daughter as a single Mom. Yes, I acted as Laura’s mentor,
but the fact of the matter is that Laura has achieved her results all on her
own through her dedicated commitment to her high standard of excellence. Laura
Gallagher, truly an “extra-ordinary” person.
Written by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages®
Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America’s largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe – two of New York’s finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.
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