How to Apply Any Employee Skill to Pro Bono

How do you help your employees use their unique skills for the public good? It’s a desire many people have, but a bridge that can sometimes appear difficult to cross. One major hurdle of mentoring that your volunteers will likely encounter is the challenge that comes from stepping into someone’s world and discovering how different it is. In their day-to-day...

What makes a company great: An interview with Ron Wallace, the former president of UPS

Our executive mentors have told us often that the principles that make large companies great ring true for companies of any size. Even though the issues that leaders of a large corporations deal with on a day-to-day basis don’t look exactly like the issues of small business owners, bridging that gap in a mentoring relationship is not as difficult as...

3 qualities shared by all great volunteer engagements for millennials

The experts agree - Millennials need purpose at work to stay engaged. In an interview with IndustryWeek, Joan Snyder Kuhl, co-author of Peter Drucker’s “Five Most Important Questions”, explained “[Millenials] are actually driven by making a difference, seeing that they have a contribution to a larger purpose, not just a siloed individual role...That’s because they are the first global generation...They...

4 reasons skilled volunteering engages employees better

When it comes to employee engagement, it all boils down to motivation. In Drive, Daniel Pink drew on four decades of scientific research on human motivation to reveal the secret to high performance and satisfaction. This whiteboard animation sums up his key points, but in a nutshell, what really motivates us are 3 things - autonomy: the deeply human need...

HP Inc. employee helps WMBE and changemaker bring the arts to at-risk youth

Barbara Alexander is a woman of passion - for the arts, and for her local community. Her business, the Performing Arts Academy of Connecticut, specializes in Theater, Dance, Music and Art. With a consortium of state-certified instructors and professional teaching artists, they offer over 55 different arts programs to schools, daycare centers, senior centers, social,  civic organizations and arts in the community....

How relationship-based volunteering is more meaningful

It’s a familiar scene to most of us - our volunteers go somewhere for a day, serve some food or paint a fence, and tick off their do-goodery box for the year. This is actually great - those nonprofits and events genuinely needed extra hands. But fast-forward a month later, and the feeling of satisfaction fades into the backdrop. What...

Momtrepreneur enters her innovative baby colic-relief product into Walmart’s global supply chain

Surprisingly, Nanette Meneses’ journey to entrepreneurship didn’t begin with grand aspirations of business ownership. Instead, it was kickstarted by her role as a Mom. When her month-old baby began suffering from colic that left her in tears around the clock, Nanette agonized over how she could make it better. She tried everything—changing her eating habits, going to pediatricians, chiropractors, but...

Former UPS executive helps Nigerian woman entrepreneur develop businesses for the greater good

Sometimes entrepreneurs simply need another perspective to bring out a concept’s fullest potential—and at other times, that outside viewpoint can help grow an entirely new idea. Such was the case with Cynthia Ndubuisi, a young Nigerian businesswoman committed to using innovative ideas to tackle social issues in her home country. Cyndy first joined MicroMentor to gain support and guidance for...

MicroMentor’s work with HP featured in U.S. Chamber’s Global Economic Empowerment Report

MicroMentor was recently recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as a thought leader in driving global empowerment. We were honored to contribute one of our powerful mentoring case studies to their 2014 report, Global Economic Empowerment: Private Sector Solutions at Each Stage of Development. We shared the story of Siddhartha Ghosa, an entrepreneur from Hyderabad, India who joined...