Q&A with Mary Price (MEL Mentor)

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Q: Why did you want to be a mentor with the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership program?

A: “Sharing knowledge supports the pathway for advancement. For over 20 years, mentors have assisted with my personal growth in the various roles of my being such as a parent, professional, and daughter.  I understand the importance of exchanging knowledge and helping others on their pathway toward aspirations. Since the inception of the program, I wanted to share my experiences and help guide others through a self-awareness process of how to address challenges, achieve goals, and gain bold confidence to lead their best life. Fellowship and conversation in a trusting environment is valuable especially when discussing the influences on opportunities to impactfully lead others.”

Q: What did you gain by being a Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership mentor?

A: “As I hunger for knowledge, the shared stories of others help me understand different perspectives and experiences while embracing lessons learned from those stories. The exchange of knowledge helps to sharpen my mind, perspectives, and humility.”

Q: What would you tell someone considering mentoring for the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership program?

A: “Pay it forward and share your knowledge as knowledge has been shared with you.”

Q: What would you tell someone considering the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership?

A: “As the academic and skill development area of executive leadership is explored through the program, mentorship supports participants with applying gained information toward experiences.  Mentors invest in your success by sharing the realities of situations, constructive feedback to increase self-awareness, professional networks and resources, and knowledge gained from experiences with encouragement to stimulate personal and professional growth. Invest in yourself and others will invest in you, where collectively we can uplift people and communities.”

To learn more about the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership program visit http://www.c4npr.org/main/certificate-of-minority-executive-leadership/.​

Mary Price is the Director of Basic Needs at Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro). She has been mentoring with the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership program since it’s inception in 2012.