W. Brad Johnson, PhD & David Smith PhD

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W. Brad Johnson, PhD & David Smith PhD

Increasingly, new employees and junior members of any profession are encouraged—sometimes stridently—to “find a mentor!” Four decades of research reveals that the effects of mentorship can be profound and enduring; strong mentoring relationships have the capacity to transform individuals and entire organizations. Organizations that retain and promote top talent—both female and male—are more likely to thrive.

But the mentoring landscape is unequal. Evidence consistently shows that women face more barriers in securing mentorships than men, and when they do find a mentor, they may reap a narrower range of both career and psychological benefits. Athena Rising is a book for men about how to mentor women deliberately and effectively. It is a straightforward, no-nonsense manual for helping men of all institutions, organizations, and businesses to become excellent mentors to women.

Co-authors W. Brad Johnson, PhD, and David Smith, PhD, draw from extensive research and years of experience as experts in mentoring relationships and gender workplace issues. When a man mentors a woman, they explain, the relationship is often complicated by conventional gender roles and at times hostile external perceptions. Traditional notions of mentoring are often modeled on male-to-male relationships—the sort that begin on the golf course, involve a nearly exclusive focus on career achievement, and include more than a few slaps on the back over drinks after work. But women often report a desire for mentoring that integrates career and family aspects of life. Women want a mentor who not only “gets” this, but truly honors it.

Men need to fully appreciate just how crucial their support of promising junior women can be in helping them to persist, promote, and thrive in their vocations and organizations. As women succeed, lean in, and assume leading roles in any organization or work context, that culture will become more egalitarian, effective, and prone to retaining top talent.

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Frank Connolly

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Frank Connolly

Frank Connolly is a senior editor at MindEdge Learning, an innovative online education firm based in Waltham, Mass. Before joining MindEdge, Connolly worked as a journalist, covering politics, government, religion, and sports for several alternative media outlets, including Worcester Magazine and the Boston Phoenix. He later spent 25 years as a political consultant and pollster, advising candidates for local, state, and federal office. A graduate of Harvard College, he lives with his wife and two children in Medford, Mass.

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Rick West

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Rick West

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John Pomeroy

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John Pomeroy

PLAYLiveEvents on the Play Entertainment Network, joins the wildly successful PLAYDiscover feature along with our popular PLAYAllAccess service, solidifying the Play Network as the best end-to-end solution for all event goers and organizers.

PLAYLiveEvents is a powerful tool that uses geofencing technology to connect all event attendees as they arrive at an event inviting them to interact with each other, with the event and with the event organizer on a live social platform. Watch for the fourth and most exciting PLAYEN feature coming soon, PLAYSocial.

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Hillit Meidar-Alfi

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Hillit Meidar-Alfi

I have been challenging the status quo for as long as I can remember. From being labeled a devil’s advocate in high school to a contrarian in college, I refuse to go with the flow or accept things as they are. Delving into and exploring what others take for granted, I thrive when creating innovative, logical, and elegant solutions. I consider myself a visionary. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, it was only a matter of time before I started my own company.
As a trained architect with over ten years of experience, I’ve worked internationally on projects in countries including Japan and France, as well as with Hillier, the award-winning firm in Princeton, New Jersey. I have also worked in the health care industry, housing, and urban design. As a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, I led seminars on planning urban infrastructure systems. While there, I noticed that available methods unnecessarily restricted users’ ability to gain knowledge to make better decisions—too much of the answer is already baked into the question, and there is little room for discovery. I envision a customizable planning solution that’s able to evaluate many infrastructure systems across geographic boundaries. At the same time, it must take spatial relationships into account, ultimately giving users across different disciplines the information and knowledge they need to make better decisions for themselves, their companies, and their clients. That is why I created Spatially, a tech startup that provides location-based services.

As founder and CEO of Spatially, I oversee the company and ensure that it furthers my vision to be the leading geospatial analytics and solutions provider. I develop and implement overall growth strategies for the company, conduct research, and establish client relationships.

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