Milton Hershey School Participates in Mentoring Monday
As an organization co-founded by a pioneering woman (Catherine Hershey) in 1909, Milton Hershey School was invited to participate in PennLive’s virtual Mentoring Monday event on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, for professional women in Central Pennsylvania.
Mentoring Monday is a nationwide event welcoming over 10,000 women in more than 43 cities to come together to connect and learn from their region and share experiences from diverse backgrounds, careers, and skillsets.
Three MHS administrative staff members along with 12 MHS students joined the group of over 100 women across the region to talk, learn, and empower one another to grow professionally and personally. The evening included group discussions and one-on-one sessions to build personal connections between mentors and mentees participating.
“This opportunity allowed our students to get out of their comfort zone and network with adults outside of MHS,” said Ododo Walsh, MHS Associate Director of Transitional Living. “They were inspired by the diversity of careers the mentors worked in and received affirmation on their post-graduation goals.”
Sharice Johnson, MHS Student Leadership and Character Coordinator, attended along with Walsh as mentors from MHS. They had the opportunity to share valuable advice with students and female community members. Mentors discussed the importance of networking and fostering professional relationships with mentees.
One MHS senior, Ramya Robinson, attended the event looking for information about life after graduation.
“I left with advice of letting loose and going with the flow,” Ramya said. “I learned that I should live in the moment—you don’t want life to pass you by while you were supported to be having fun and learning about yourself.”