Mentorship Advisory Committee
ICSEW has teamed up with the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) to form a statewide mentorship planning subcommittee. Under the leadership of DES Director Tara C. Smith, the subcommittee will develop a pathway for a statewide mentorship program operated by DES.
The goal is to establish a mentorship program open to all state employees that will support personal and professional development. Program objectives include: increase employee retention and job satisfaction, address talent shortages, share intellectual knowledge and lived experiences, build a pipeline for senior leadership across the state, create relationship building opportunities, and provide support for goal setting, career planning, and empowered problem-solving. A key program outcome will be creating an equitable work environment by leveraging diverse mentorship relationships to increase inclusion and break down barriers for marginalized groups.
What We Do
The subcommittee will serve in an advisory capacity. It will review materials and resources in support of designing a successful and sustainable statewide mentorship program.
How you can contribute:
At the Sept. 20, 2022, ICSEW General Meeting more than 40 people expressed interest in learning more about the mentorship subcommittee or participating in it.
We are seeking ICSEW members who will bring perspectives from their respective agencies, lived experiences, constructive feedback, institutional knowledge, best practices, and forward-thinking ideas to assist DES in creating a diverse, engaged and sustainable statewide mentorship program.
For more information about the subcommittee, contact Masozi Nyirenda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2019-2020 ICSEW conducted a multi-agency mentorship program for ICSEW representatives. More than 40 people from a dozen state agencies participated in the pilot as mentees and mentors. Upon the conclusion of the pilot, ICSEW determined it could not sustain a statewide mentorship program on its own.
Tara C. Smith
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