CREW Atlanta Mentor-Protégé Success Story:
Nicole Morado (Protégé) and Jennifer Wright (Mentor)
Our CREW Atlanta Mentor-Protégé Program may be one of our best-kept secrets! And we want everyone in CREW Atlanta to know about it. Today, we are chatting with Big Nerd Ranch Sales Development Representative and CREW Atlanta member and protégé Nicole Morado and Everclear Director of Business Development and CREW Atlanta member and mentor Jennifer Wright about their experience with the program.
Why did you decide to participate in CREW Atlanta’s Mentorship Program?
I wanted to put a hand out to others who want to learn more and grow in the CRE industry like other mentors in CREW Atlanta have done for me in my career.
I was new to the CRE industry, for close to two years, and wanted to connect with someone who understood my perspective and could help me navigate as a female in the industry, especially on the sales side. CREW Atlanta had a great reputation and when I heard about the mentorship program, I decided to join.
What are some ways you think the mentorship benefits the both of you?
I want to be a resource and sounding board to Nicole. Although, I am not going to know everything, I will find a source that can help Nicole to find the answers. I did not enter this to gain anything as it is more about Nicole than me. However, I have learned from Nicole on how she approaches situations from a younger generation perspective. There are a lot of misperceptions about generational groups and how they interact. It has given me a different perception about the next generation that is coming behind me.
Jen has been so helpful in sharing her experience and knowledge. She is a good model of how other professionals get to interact that is really appreciated. I wanted someone who is a good listener, attentive, flexible and who I can build a relationship organically and not put too much structure around the relationship. Jen fits all of those things.
What do you think a protégé should expect from a mentor/protégé relationship?
Protégés need to speak up and express what their desires are and what they need from their mentor. Expect to have that open dialog. Nicole and I have monthly meetings, but she knows she can call, text or email me whenever she needs me.
Please share one story about your experience with the CREW Atlanta Mentorship Program thus far.
Both of us have had challenges with communications with team members and both of us were able to bounce ideas off of each other about how we might be able to handle situations by having a different perspective of how to communicate with more challenging personalities.
Meeting with Jen was very helpful in planning how to communicate with team members, and she provided me with two different suggestions for communicating with my colleague. We talked through it, and the strategies were something I could easily implement and apply the next day. Just having that sounding board to talk through the scenario made me feel confident in using my resources and applying them to my job.
What would you share with a person interested in joining CREW Atlanta and/or the mentorship program?
Having the opportunity to develop a relationship with a role model has been a great experience. It is telling about the organization overall – that giving back to the future generations is important. One day, I plan to be a mentor. The mentorship program is a great entry-level way of getting involved with CREW and developing a support network and foundation that you can really build upon.
Anyone considering joining the organization and the mentorship program – just dig in and be real. Do not try to make everything seem like the industry is a piece of cake, as it is not. The program is about helping others in the industry – having a person there to support you and give you guidance unconditionally.