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Volunteer – Sign Up to Mentor a Grayson College student.

Kathy Hendrick at Grayson College West Campus

Kathy Hendrick, on the left, at Grayson College West Campus

Who do you know that fits the description of “mentor” A mentor is a trusted advisor, counselor or guide. Someone that helps others make connections, whether with ideas and actions or with others that can help them along their journey. Kathy Hendrick, Director of Development at Grayson College, recently asked Chamber Members at Plug-In Texoma to serve as mentors to students. As she describes it:

It is an opportunity to mentor or advise a person that may be young and going to college for the first time or a non-traditional student that is changing careers. The Mentor will guide them through whatever issues they may be dealing with. Many students do not know what to do when a problem or dilemma arises. Several of our scholarship students may be first-generation college attendees.

A good mentor sets boundaries and expectations. A good mentee takes responsibility and is accountable to the mentor to consider the opportunities, direction and ideas from the mentor and make a good faith effort to follow-up on them and give feedback on the experience. In this way, both parties learn more about the goals and abilities of the mentee. Many people recognize the contributions of both formal and informal mentors in their success. Here are some tips on Mentor/Mentee relationships:

  1. Commit the time. The mentee is not a passive role. While they may need to be guided in refining their goals and objectives in an actionable way, it is the mentee’s responsibility to communicate their needs, respect the time given, schedule and use the mentor’s time wisely. Also, the mentee should ask for and attend any events and network with the people the mentor refers. Invest in the relationship and give their best effort.
  2. Value Experience. Young people tend to discount the value of experience, especially since they have little of it. Both mentee and mentor look to people who have lived through the experiences and challenges they face and this is an opportunity to share both a new perspective and the practical and pragmatic knowledge gained through experience.
  3. Mind the Gap! Seek a mentor that has experience, achievements and skills that challenge your strengths in a complementary way. For example, mentees with quantitative and analytical skills may be effectively challenged for growth by a great communicator that can help them communicate complex ideas both in written and oral communication.
  4. Listen and Evaluate. Accept the counsel of the Mentor. Listen. Take time to assess and evaluate the purpose and the value of their recommendations to you. Ask questions and adapt their ideas and recommendations. Bring back your evaluation and results and ask for feedback. Decide how to measure performance and outcomes and track them.
  5. Identify your Current Mentors. Anyone can be a mentor. Mentor and mentee do not always recognize the relationship and many times colleagues and professionals co-mentor alternating the advisory role. Maintain your connections throughout your career as mentor and mentee and try both roles. Acknowledge those that help you along the way.
  6. Actively Seek Diversity. Both mentor and mentee relationships can be composed of a variety of people and purpose. You may mentor or be led by someone in your religious or philosophical perspective, or an advisor in your relationships or marriage, as well as in career and avocation. All of these relationships will add depth, resilience and experience in your life. Seek diversity of perspective and thought.
  7. Take the Initiative. The primary actor is the mentee. Many people believe the burden is on the advisor or mentor, but the mentor is the resource that should be wisely selected and sought out by the person with an opportunity or challenge.

Potential Mentors, please volunteer with Grayson College to serve as a guide to our community’s students. Contact Kathy Hendrick, Director of Development hendrickk@grayson.edu. Phone: 903-463-8716 for more information. For more information on mentoring opportunities in Greater Texoma see our Mentor Programs.

From the Grayson College website:

Date: Mon, August 22, 2016 09:00 AM

Grayson College recently welcomed several new employees, including Kathy Hendrick who will serve as the Director of Development at the Grayson College Foundation.

Hendrick has over 20 years of experience in fundraising, community and economic development in Texas and Oklahoma. Prior to her current position, she served twelve years as the Director of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Center for Regional Competitiveness (CRC).

“We are excited to have Kathy at the Grayson College Foundation,” said Dr. Jeremy McMillen, President of Grayson College. “We are certain that her experience and energy will help to advance the mission and vision of the college and will positively impact our teams’ efforts going forward.”

She serves on the boards of directors for Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Economic Development Council, Team Durant, Oklahoma Southeast, Southern Workforce Board, Durant Main Street, Oklahoma Main Street Advisory Board, and was a member of the International, Southern, and Oklahoma Economic Development Councils.

Through her work at the CRC, Hendrick was one of the founding partners in the Texoma Regional Consortium, which is a two state (Texas and Oklahoma) regional organization that brings together economic developers, workforce representatives, higher education, business/industry, and tribal nations. The group has received many regional and international awards for their cross-border initiatives. She also wrote and was awarded and Economic Development Administration University Center grant.

Hendrick served as the Business Development Director for the City of Denison for 7 years. As manager of the Denison Main Street program, the Main Street’s occupancy grew to a 95 percent occupancy rate, an increase of 55 percent during her tenure. Over $8.8 million was reinvested in Downtown Denison.

In addition to Main Street, she recruited retail and commercial investment citywide. She worked with retail and commercial consultants to bring new business to Denison. Ms. Hendrick has assisted many businesses in relocating to Denison by arranging site visits, creating incentive packages, and managing deal negotiations.

Hendrick previously served with the now named Governor’s Office Department of Economic Development in the Economic Development Division as the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center Marketing Manager. She also worked in the Tourism Division as Product Development Specialist leading tourism and community development workshops throughout the state. During her stint at TDED, she served on the Texas Historical Commission’s interagency council that reviews applications for cities to be a certified Main Street Program.

Prior to moving to Austin, Hendrick was the Main Street Director in Odessa. Before starting her economic development career, Hendrick served as the Director of Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs for the Texas Tech University Regional Health Sciences Center in Odessa, Texas and was the editor for the Texas Rural Health Journal during her tenure with the Center.

She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and received a Master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Oklahoma.

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