TRUST Mentor of the Year Award

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Nominations Due Date: Friday, November 1, 2019

Recognition: We’ll recognize the winner at the TRUST Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 17, 2019.

Why Reward Mentors?

Mentorship, both formal and informal, can be an important ingredient to work/life integration, career success and trajectory — yet it is often something that, while prized by recipients, is rarely rewarded. In 2016, the TRUST established the Mentor of the Year Award to highlight the importance and skill of mentorship and the powerful impact a single person can have on the lives of many. The award is presented annually to an individual who positively affects others via the demonstrated qualities of mentorship.

Criteria for Nominees

  1. Demonstrates mentorship attributes including: connector, strong communicator, compassionate, wisdom, work/life integration, integrity/genuine, accessible/approachable

  2. Attributes are demonstrated, exhibited, taught, confirmed, visible, “lived”

  3. Recognized for their inspiration to others, their impact on the professional development and career trajectory of others

This award is based on the experiences of the nominee’s formal and informal mentees, not the mentor’s personal career achievements. Anyone (member or not) may nominate someone for the award, but each nominee should be a current member of the TRUST.

Past Winners

Danielle Hansen2018 Mentor of the Year
Danielle Hansen

Among the comments submitted by her nominators: "One of her jobs is as an educator and I had the pleasure to participate as a guest in her MBA class at the University of St. Thomas and was impressed at how she was able to coach her students as well as industry professionals. She was perceptive in her observations and delivered concise and useful feedback to her students as well as the industry professionals visiting her class." "Danielle's desire to help and impact others transcends just the work environment." "She makes an honest effort to catch up with people and stay in touch in a way that is not forced, but consistent."

Samantha Hanson2017 Mentor of the Year
Samantha Hanson

Samantha’s leadership style makes people open up and feel safe to speak without the fear of controversy or backlash. She’s someone who offers smart advice from the heart in a way where you feel respected and trusted. She’s very selfless and empowers others to thrive and lead. She’s so transparent and willing to speak up on the issues that she gives others in the organization the comfort to do the same. Her ability to communicate effectively, seek consensus, and demonstrate a leadership style of inclusion has resonated with those around her and has made her one of the most powerful mentors at Children’s Minnesota — and elsewhere.

Jill Johnson2016 Mentor of the Year
Jill Johnson

Jill has had widespread impact on her alma mater, Drake University. Her nominator first met Jill through a networking event held by Drake to connect current students with alumni. It was immediately evident Jill had a strong passion for mentoring Drake students. Jill has worked closely with many students. She has helped first-year students trying to figure out what they want to study, and seniors who are graduating and cannot decide what job offer to take upon graduation. Jill has been more than willing to speak with those who have asked to benefit from her professional expertise. The faculty and staff in the College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) at Drake know Jill extremely well.

Award Nominations and Process

Nominations for the Women's Health Leadership TRUST Mentor of the Year Award are open until Friday, November 1, 2019. The TRUST Leadership Development Committee will review all nominations and present a recommendation to the TRUST Board of Directors. The award will be presented at the TRUST Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 17. Please note: we recommend using Firefox or Chrome as your browser to complete this form. To avoid errors, you may wish to compose your thoughts using a word processing application and then copy/paste into the form.

Nominator Information

Provide us with your contact information. Any person, whether a member of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST or not, may nominate someone for the Mentor of the Year Award.

Nominee Information

Provide us with the nominee’s information. All nominees must be members of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. Professional coaches are not eligible for the Mentor of the Year Award.

Nominee Attributes 

Provide short descriptions of how the nominee demonstrates these attributes. Please complete at least three (3) of the following seven (7) sections. Be as specific as possible with your examples.

  • Actively listens

  •  Inquisitive to learn about others

  • Clear and transparent in thought delivery

  • Open to all ideas, thoughts and needs
  • Flexible to creates access and availability in order to connect
  • Welcoming and pleasant
  • Puts others before self
  • Demonstrates desire to help and impact others
  • Models sensitivity and tolerance for others
  • Demonstrates ability make positive connections
  • Willingness to share and open personal network
  • Explain how the nominee demonstrates work/life integration
  • Recognized for honesty 
  • Demonstrates genuine interest in the needs of others
  • Compassionate for all individuals
  • Advises without judgement
  • Provides relevant and useful insight and guidance
  • Demonstrates aspirational qualities and achievements

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