DxD launched a mentoring initiative to help members of the health technology industry take action to improve gender equality. To participate, commit to getting more involved in mentoring. This can mean organizing a mentoring circle, planning or participating in a virtual speed mentoring event, or offering to become a mentor.
Below are resources that can help, including articles from health technology industry peers , videos about mentoring and career development, a description of different mentorship models, and more. No matter which approach you choose, all of these activities add up, especially when many of us get involved.
Watch keynote presentations from our Speed Mentoring events on career and personal development as well as other presentations about mentoring.
Mentoring Articles from Healthtech Industry Insiders
Many people in our industry are already deeply involved in mentoring. Explore the links below to learn from their experiences.
- Speed Mentoring, Flash Mentoring, and Mentoring Circles - An Interview with Julie Haeger, Director of Talent Management, Edwards Lifesciences. Julie Haeger has been in HR at Edwards Lifesciences for a dozen years. Learn how her team implements new mentoring models like speed mentoring, flash mentoring, and mentoring circles to help employees thrive and succeed.
- Allan Will on One-on-One Mentoring. Allan Will has been in the health technology industry for nearly forty years, serving as president, CEO, founder, director, or chairman at renowned companies and venture capital firms. However the title of which he’s perhaps most proud is “recipient of the Astia/Deloitte Excellence in Mentoring award.”
Types of Mentoring
There are lots of different ways to get involved in mentoring, from a long-term relationship to a one-off meeting or phone call on a specific topic. Here's few examples:
- One-on-one (traditional): A structured relationship in which a more senior individual meets regularly with a more junior individual to provide guidance and support over a period of six months or longer.
- Speed: A 1-2 hour event in which more junior individuals explore career topics of interest through a series of short conversations with multiple, more senior individuals.
- Flash: A one-time meeting or discussion of about an hour that enables a less experienced individual to learn from a more senior person with relevant knowledge and experience on a specific topic. Provides a focused learning opportunity for mentees while requiring a limited time commitment from mentors.
- Mentoring circles: A peer-to-peer, group mentoring format that enables peers who share learning objectives around soft or technical skills to develop together as a group by learning from guest speakers and sharing their own experiences.
- Group: One or more mentors providing guidance and support to a group of more junior individuals.
- Peer Mentoring: A professional who is new or less experienced is matched with a more experienced co-worker who provides support and guidance. Helps colleagues in their professional development and growth, encourages mutual learning and helps build a sense of workplace community.
Mentor-Mentee Matching: CSweetener
- CSweetener This program from HLTH Foundation provides virtual mentorships to aspiring C-suite leaders who identify as women and hold mid-senior level positions in the industry. Individuals do not have to pay for mentorship - they can be sponsored by an employer or funded by a scholarship. Mentors must be tenured healthcare executives of all genders. Visit the website to learn more and apply. HLTH Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to improving equality and diversity in healthcare as well as access to care.