In 2018, MENTOR re-launched a recognition initiative called the National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll, formerly known as the Corporate Mentoring Challenge Honor Roll. The challenge was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2011 and has evolved to reflect the totality of companies stepping up to place mentoring at the center of their social responsibility and talent work.
The Honor Roll reflects broad-based support for mentoring, and companies supporting quality mentoring in any way are eligible and encouraged to register. Honor Roll companies know that mentoring is a key strategy to connecting youth to social and economic opportunities while building a strong 21st century workforce. And most importantly, they walk the walk.
By joining the Honor Roll, companies not only receive national recognition of their efforts, they have the exclusive opportunity to spotlight star employee mentors walking the walk by nominating them for the Corporate Leadership, Excellence in Mentoring Award. MENTOR recognizes employee mentor nominations exclusively from Honor Roll companies, one of whom is selected to receive the national award at the National Mentoring Summit, the annual event convening over 1,000 practitioners, advocates, and philanthropic partners to advance mentoring nationwide.
Honor Roll companies receive access to:
Members have the opportunity to be spotlighted as models for how companies are making change through mentoring in:
To learn more about the Honor Roll and Corporate Leadership, Excellence in Mentoring Award, please contact Summit@mentoring.org
Partner, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP
Fred Skolnik is a partner in the Corporate/Securities Law Practice Group of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, an East Meadow, New York law firm. Fred established the firm’s Long Island corporate and securities law practice in 1987 after many years of practice in the firm’s New York City office. A frequent speaker on topics related to corporate and securities law, Fred has served the Nassau County Bar Association as Chair of both the Corporation Law Committee and the Securities Law Committee. Fred’s practice relates primarily to the representation of public and private companies in connection with equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions, and general corporate and business matters. Fred is a member of the Board of Directors of Mentor New York, which creates and supports mentoring programs throughout New York State. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Farmingdale College Foundation, which provides financial assistance, including scholarships, for Farmingdale State College programs and projects not funded by the New York State budget. Fred is a co-founder and the administrator of LIKE (Lawyers Involved in Kids’ Education), a program that establishes mentoring relationships between attorneys and potentially “at-risk” elementary school students and seeks to develop analytical and vocabulary skills, confidence and self-esteem in the mentees through word and number games.
As a 17-year Starbucks partner, Jeff’s coffee journey has afforded him many opportunities, taking him to origin in Costa Rica, including a role on the Starbucks Coffee Advisory Council. He has served as chair of the Mid-Atlantic Armed Forces Network, as well, completed an assignment as a field consultant within the Global Responsibility and Public Policy Team. Currently, serving as sponsor of our Starbucks Access Alliance regional chapter, Jeff is proud of the impact his team has created through collaborative partnerships with cross functional teams to create opportunity including a first of its kind, in-store “Inclusion academy” here in Baltimore City, providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In the role of regional director, Jeff’s passions are to help others see and realize what they never dreamed possible. With coffee serving as the vehicle, mentoring, inspiring, and developing young people throughout his market has translated into hundreds of employment opportunities, career exploration, and a model for building the business through the lens of humanity, and as Starbucks would say, one person, one cup & one neighborhood at a time.
The Libra Group
Jenna has been in a Human Resources role at the Libra Group for three years. As Libra’s Human Resources Officer, Jenna has been an active supporter of the Libra Group Internship Program as both a mentor and a “buddy.” The Libra Group Internship program offers unique paid opportunities for undergraduate students to intern with the Libra Group and its 30 global subsidiaries in locations including New York, Miami, London and Athens. As a buddy in the program, Jenna’s role is to function as the interns’ main point of contact and support in the workplace, while in the mentor role, she serves to provide professional management, goal-setting, and performance reviews. She is also a supporter of the Libra Mentorship Program, a support structure for selected young people – principally first-generation college students and individuals who face socio-economic challenges (significantly, opportunity and achievement gaps, and the high incidence of inequality among young people of color). Jenna attributes her success in mentoring to her own wonderful mentors with whom she has had the pleasure to work in her career. Jenna also credits her background in teaching with her natural ability to encourage and lift her mentees to their potential.