How to Create or Improve a Mentoring Program in Your Company

Women Mentoring Women Leaders – Session III | Panel Discussion followed by Networking

On June 29, we are hosting the next Women in A/E/C event, closing out our three-part series on Mentoring. We’ll discuss Successful Mentoring Programs in the Industry. You don’t want to miss the valuable insights provided by our keynote speakers, Linda Bauer Darr, President/CEO of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and Robin Greenleaf, CEO of Architectural Engineers, Inc.

Suzannah Gill and Joanne Tran invite you to attend!

June 29, 2021 | 2:00 PM Eastern Time

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Recap of Session II:

At our last Women in A/E/C Networking Event, we learned how power robbers detract from confidence, authority, professionalism, and power in the workplace, and how effective communication can lift your voice above the crowd.

Panelist Tammy Flanagan of Kimley-Horn addressed the different forms of power robbers, both verbal and physical (see lists below), and the steps you can take to mitigate them. Panelist Margaret Rauber of Winter Construction emphasized the importance of advocating for yourself throughout your career; do not wait for someone else to advocate for you. She also discussed how direct, concise, effective communication allowed for her ideas to be heard.

Mentoring, identifying, and addressing these power robbers in your habits, and practicing ways to improve your communication, may be the key to your success.

Verbal Power Robbers:
  • Not introducing yourself with full name and title
  • Stating things as questions, not statements
  • Using qualifying words (“like”, “kind of”, “a little”, “I think”)
  • Over explaining or giving too many details
  • Asking for permission (“if you don’t mind”)
  • Deflecting complements
  • Letting yourself be interrupted
  • Raising your voice at the end of a sentence
  • Over-apologizing
Physical Power Robbers:
  • Not having a physical presence; take up space in your chair, place both arms on the arm rests or on the table if the chair does not have an arm rest
  • Covering your neck with your hands
  • Playing with jewelry or hair