American Society of Civil Engineers

Mentors and Role Models: Are They Important?

by Kim Parker Brown, P.E., M.ASCE

Leadership and Management in Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 4, October 2001, pp. 49-50, (doi:

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Document type: Feature Article
Abstract: Drawing on personal experience, the author stresses the importance of mentoring, particularly for those whose backgrounds in any way set them apart. Ideally, the mentor will not only offer advice but also instill confidence. Mentoring, she states, can go far to dispel stereotypes and can be highly effective in helping firms retain talent. Successful mentoring experiences have the effect of creating new mentors in later years.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Professional development
Engineering profession
Engineering firms