July 26, 2018
Ivoirian Civil Society Members Create “Mentor Me Now” Movement Following Book Discussion at U.S. Embassy
The U.S. Embassy Abidjan’s American Center brought 265 small business owners, academics and women together for a French and English mentoring discussion based on the Nouveaux Horizons translation of ‘Le Mentoring Minute : reussir avec le mentoring, trouver un mentor en devenir un’ by Ken Blanchard (One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor–And Why You’ll Benefit from Being One) on July 26, 2018.
During the discussion, participants presented their impressions of the contents of the book, and what they learned about both being and finding effective mentors in Cote D’Ivoire. Patrons at U.S. Embassy American Corners in Bouake and Yamoussoukro also participated in the discussion via online viewing groups.
Following the event, participants created a movement called Mentor Me Now to address what they viewed as the dearth of mentors available in Côte d’Ivoire. Underlining the importance of mentorship to personal and professional growth, they committed to increasing the number of mentors in order to support the growth of young and emerging professionals.