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MENTOR recently re launched a recognition initiative called the National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll, formerly known as the Corporate Mentoring Challenge Honor Roll. The challenge was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2011 and has evolved to reflect the totality of companies stepping up to place mentoring at the center of their social responsibility and talent work. The newly re launched Honor Roll reflects broad based support for mentoring, and companies supporting quality mentoring in any way are eligible and encouraged to register. Honor Roll companies know that mentoring is a key strategy to connecting youth to social and economic opportunities while building a strong 21st century workforce. And most importantly, they walk the walk. By joining the Honor Roll, companies not only receive national recognition of their efforts, they have the exclusive opportunity to spotlight star employee mentors walking the walk by nominating them for the Corporate Excellence in Youth Mentoring Award. MENTOR recognizes 10 employee mentor honorees exclusively from Honor Roll companies, one of whom is selected to receive the national award at the National Mentoring Summit, the annual event convening over 1,000 practitioners, advocates, and philanthropic partners to advance mentoring nationwide. Honor Roll companies also receive access to:

2018 Corporate Excellence in Youth Mentoring Top Ten FinalistsJeff Fetters NATIONAL AWARD WINNERJeff Fetters is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the , one of the nation’s largest mutual insurance companies, based in Owatonna, Minnesota. Jeff not only champions mentoring in his personal life, he also expands mentoring within his company and community. He leads the Federated Challenge for Kids of Minnesota. The annual event in its 14thyear has raised over $30 million to support the youth mentoring and educational programs of the Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Minnesota.

Amanda RostAmanda Rost has been committed to positive youth development for 10 years, through formal mentoring programs, program development and coaching youth sports. Since working with , she has become heavily involved with Year Up Bay Area. Amanda has now been a mentor for 6 Year Up students, and volunteers for Year Up’s tutoring sessions and elevator pitch competitions. Earlier this year, she won Year Up’s “Bay Area Volunteer Superstar Award,” given to one volunteer in the region who has made a significant impact on Year Up’s young adults and community. As Amanda explains, mentoring these young adults creates an interesting dynamic, because most of them are around her age and usually have children (Amanda does not). In her words, “a lot of the frameworks that the organization provided didn’t really work. I decided the value I could provide was as a peer that my mentees could relate to, when they are coming into San Francisco from surrounding towns and feeling like strangers. I try to find common ground with my mentees and share tactics and strategies for success that I’ve learned and used as I’ve developed my career.” If her mentees say that they don’t know many people in their companies, Amanda will use her expertise to explore networks on and help these young adults reach out to build relationships. “If they tell me a story about someone they haven’t gelled with,” she explains, “we’ll look up that person and understand where they are in the company hierarchy and how they might be able to work together moving forward.” With her Year Up mentees, Amanda strikes a really inspiring balance between friend, coach and consultant.

Elizabeth S. Gurney

First Niagara Foundation

Elizabeth Gurney was appointed the Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation, responsible for executing corporate and Foundation philanthropic strategies in October, 2011. Gurney created the organizational, administrative and procedural structure for the First Niagara Foundation. Prior to that, she served for two years as Vice President for Development at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Active in the community, Gurney serves on the boards of the Children’s Foundation, the Josephine Goodyear Foundation, and the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. Some previous boards include the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, WNY Grantmakers and Goodwill Industries. She is a graduate of Nichols School in Buffalo, NY and St Lawrence University.

Max De LongMax joined in July of 2013 in the Global (MSAT) Manufacturing Science And Technology organization within PTD (Pharma Technical Development), where he is a Senior Engineer. He works on bringing new technologies to the company,
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including ultrahydrophobic surfaces (think Teflon pans), technology transfers (taking the product from one site to another), as well as supporting global investigations and multi site agency responses. Max has been volunteering since 2004, starting with a rowing organization he was a part of in high school, the American Diabetes Association (2005 present), a student chemical engineering chapter while in college (2008 2009), a free clinic post college in Worcester Massachusetts (2009 2011), the Rhode Island State Science Fair (2011 2013), Laguna Honda (2016 present), Futurelab programs (, 2015 present), Leadership Engagement and Diversity mentor program (, 2015 present) and New Opportunities program (, 2016 present). Volunteering is something close to Max’s heart, and it is one of the few things in life he prioritizes.

Michael RuizMichael Ruiz has been a long time participant in EY’s College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence) program. College MAP launched in 2009, Mike started as a mentor in 2010. College MAP is a multi year, group mentoring program focused on empowering students in underserved high schools so that they can gain access to college and succeed in higher education. College MAP matches EY volunteer mentors (of all levels, backgrounds and service lines) with groups of local high school students. Over the course of the last 7 years, Mike has served as an Access Director managing a local high school relationship in San Jose to recruit, mentor and coach high school juniors and seniors as they prepared for college. By day, Milton is a Lead Calibrator for hybrid propulsion systems and by late afternoon and night, Milton is the Chief Engineer for the Cesar Chavez Academy Az Tech Eagles FIRST Robotics Competition team. Milton is an alum of FIRST when he was in high school and now as a role model, has been working with the Cesar Chavez Academy team for 7 years. He actively recruits students and mentors to join the team. This team has been successful over the years at competitions, but even more so, in launching students into college programs where the students have gone on to study engineering, business, math and the sciences. Milton spends over 300 hours each year mentoring his team and leading the Chiefs at the RECD. This has become a model of success for robotics build centers around the country. Milton does all of this while leading important work at General Motors with global implications for leading edge hybrid propulsion system activity.

Busola joined EY’s College MAP mentoring program in 2013. Initially, she served as a mentor, assisting a young woman through the college application process during her junior and senior years of high school. However, even at the start, Busola’s contributions to mentoring stretched far beyond her impact on this one person’s life. She led multiple mentoring sessions for a group of 20+ students, providing information on financial aid and other critical topics. Knowing many of the students were interested in potentially studying abroad in college, Busola arranged for her sister, a student in the UK, to dial in to a meeting, so that the students could ask live questions. The majority of our students had never met anyone who had studied abroad, so it was a wonderful and unique opportunity for them. She was instrumental in the program’s efforts to raise scholarship money for the students, reaching out to her wide network at the firm to encourage donations for our drive. The New York program has raised over $100,000 in scholarship funds since Busola joined the program. She organized large scale events to further the education of the students, as well as to celebrate their accomplishments. She was truly perceived as a role model mentor across a group of over 50 mentors in our New York program.
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