KPMG has always had a strong mentoring culture and requires Senior Leaders to mentor members of diverse populations. About a year ago, KPMG elevated Ms. Hannan from an managing partner in taxation to the newly created National Managing Partner for Diversity. In this role, this Native American CPA lead’s the firm’s diversity strategy and initiatives, including fostering an environment of inclusion that embraces diversity among KPMG’s partners, employees, vendors and clients, as well as community involvement.
DiversityInc. posted the video. Ms. Hannan’s enthusiasm comes through as she talks of the cross pollination that occurs when mentoring occurs across multiple Employee Resource Groups.
At Mentor Resources, our focus is how a great match between the mentor and the mentee results in more engagement in the formal program.
Ms. Hannan hits the same notes while discussing how it is human nature to want to be associated with success and to help others. KPMG’s mentoring programs tap into this to engage employees.
A structured mentoring program creates an opportunity for employees to consider other perspectives and to feel their viewpoint is valued. That direct dialog translates into “I am valued” for the mentee. The mentor usually gains just as much, as they too learn of other perspectives.