Mentors and Participants Speak: It’s a Two-Way Street
Mark P Vergnano, Executive Vice President
"A business is only as strong as the people leading it and a General Manager's #1 role is to develop our future leaders. That is why I devote a portion of my time as a mentor for the MLDP. It is a great way to help bring corporate understanding and knowledge to people who have the potential to be key leaders in DuPont. It is also a great way for me to get to know the people in MLDP, as I look to fill leadership roles in my business for the future."
James C. Collins, President - DuPont Industrial Biosciences
"Mentoring has many benefits for the mentor and the mentee. Mentees provide new business ideas and fresh new perspectives. They give me an opportunity to practice explaining/teaching policy information in an easy-going environment. Mentoring also gives me a chance to learn about what is going on in other business units. By listening and learning the challenges and frustrations of the mentees, I am able to get insight into what issues might be going on in my business and perhaps things I should be aware of to help folks in my business."
Don R. Linsenmann, VP – Business Process Excellence and Corporate Plans
"I have been a mentor in the MLDP program since its inception. In my opinion, the value of a mentoring program is built on three pillars: 1) Candid, open, and honest communications. The mentor needs to give heartfelt insight into the background, justification, and 'real' meaning of company strategy. 2) Actual fact based, experiential content of the discussions. Working on real work builds value in the short-term and long-term with a chance for some quick feedback. 3) A willingness to learn by all parties. Entering a mentoring relationship is a two-way street. If both parties are open to learning, then both parties will be comfortable to share. Concrete outputs will result."
Luis Rivero, MLDP Alum
"I have benefited from the mentoring program in three ways. 1) It's an opportunity to interact with senior DuPont Leaders with a unique perspective and view of the company. Their experiences and insights are valuable as my career in DuPont advances. 2) It's a priviledge to be able to interact with top DuPont Leaders whom I can contact anytime for advise on any issue. 3) It's a unique way of having more networking opportunities in DuPont. In fact it was during a conversation with one of my mentors that I was able to find the assignment I wanted for my 2nd rotation."
Shari Litow, MLDP Alum
"Mentees have a chance to learn from someone who sees the company from a very different perspective and can give us insights into its direction and future. We have the opportunity to learn from a successful leader on what it takes to be a successful leader and what their path was to success. The relationship gives us a safe environment to ask challenging or difficult questions."
Sachin Arora, MLDP Alum
"The MLDP is an exciting place to be. Since I joined the program, I have had the opportunity to work as an internal consultant with several businesses on very high impact assignments. It feels great to see your work reap the dollars for a business. One of my most exciting assignments and one that I am leading currently is the redesign of the Go-To-Market Strategy for one of our hero brands. My mentors, one of whom was a Partner at a prestigious consulting firm before joining DuPont, have been invaluable in giving me advice and insights on keys to success in my role."