One of Modthink’s core values is to provide opportunities for cross mentoring, an open and honest exchange of skills and experience typically between multi-generational team members. Cross mentoring encourages both “mentees” and mentors to think beyond boundaries, re-evaluate existing perspectives and stereotypes, and learn new skills from each other.
Modthink believes strongly that all members of our team, young and old alike, have valuable insights and experiences to be shared with each other and with our clients. Whether you’re an intern, CEO, or somewhere in between, being open to new ideas and new ways of thinking is critical to building a successful culture, and a sustaining business.
As one of the “seasoned” (old) professionals at Modthink (and a twenty year veteran of corporate America), one of my favorite activities is participating in cross-mentoring opportunities both with my work colleagues and in my community service activities. Without fail, I always come away from the experience greatly impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm, and intellectual curiosity of the young people I meet.
One such opportunity occurred last week when the Modthink team hosted a group of outstanding University of Arkansas students for dinner at our office as part of the University’s “Hearing From a Hog” program. The event included ten students from the Student Alumni Board (SAB), an organization that provides professional development opportunities to students via hands-on work experience and mentoring with U of A alums. In turn, these students start building lasting relationships with the Arkansas Alumni Association and begin to tap into a network of over 120,000 U of A alums across the globe.
The evening began with a brief meet & greet, followed by dinner. After getting to know the students in attendance, the Modthink team shared some of our life experiences with the group including career paths, challenges of running a small business, networking advice, and specific questions about social media and inbound marketing.
With four proud Razorback alums on the Modthink team, we were honored to be able to share our stories with this group of young professionals, all of whom are stellar students and leaders on campus. We hope the students learned as much from us as we did from them. No doubt they will all be great ambassadors for the University of Arkansas in the coming years!