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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth S. Gurney is Director of Corporate Philanthropy at KeyBank and responsible for managing the KeyBank Foundation. Gurney guides KeyBank’s strategic philanthropic investments across the enterprise with a focus on education, neighborhood prosperity, workforce development and community service. In 2016, Gurney joined KeyBank following the acquisition of First Niagara Bank. She continues to serve as Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation, an independent private foundation working collaboratively with KeyBank in its mission to empower individuals and neighborhoods through strategic investments in education, mentoring, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization with giving focused primarily in Western New York. The First Niagara Foundation is a “spend down” fund with a targeted end date of 2022. Hired in 2011 as the first Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation, Gurney developed and created the organizational and procedural structure for the Foundation, and continues to oversee its management, investments and administration. At First Niagara Bank, Gurney was responsible for formulating policies and developing long-range planning initiatives for corporate social responsibility across First Niagara’s Northeast footprint. She also directed employee volunteer activities, provided leadership for the corporate United Way campaign, managed the signature Mentoring Matters℠ program, and partnered with the community development team to oversee community investments, philanthropy and service. Actively working to make a positive impact on the community, Gurney serves in a leadership position on several boards including the Children’s Foundation, the Josephine Goodyear Foundation and the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. Previous board experience includes the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, WNY Grantmakers and Goodwill Industries.
Ronald Diner founded and leads Lunch Pals – a partnership between Raymond James and Pinellas County Schools. Participants have lunch each week with a student who will benefit from a mentor. At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, more than 1,500 children had a Lunch Pal, from more 130 companies and community organizations. More than 200 members of the Raymond James’ staff are Lunch Pals. Lunch Pals has received awards from the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Association of Partners in Education, and the Pinellas Education Foundation. AARP has featured Lunch Pals in their national publication. Ron is a Lunch Pal to two 7th grade students, with whom he has had lunch for four and five years. Ron also leads a partnership with Mount Vernon Elementary School, focusing on objectives to increase student achievement. Ron was formerly the President of Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, the leading provider of equity to developers of affordable rental housing nationwide. Ron has served on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast and he has been the president of several other community organizations.
As Social Responsibility Program Manager, Quinn Smeaton oversees the onboarding and recruitment process for the Libra Internship Program. She joined the Libra Group in 2014 as Program Administrator and was promoted to Program Officer in 2015. Prior to joining Libra, she was a coordinator for HSBC’s Global Banking & Markets Graduate Recruitment and Development Program for the Americas region.
She earned her undergraduate degree from American University’s School of International Service in 2013 where she majored in International Studies with a minor in education. During her academic career, Quinn interned with the Foreign Policy Association, the Council on Foreign Relations and worked as Peer Advisor at American University’s Career Center. Quinn also studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya.