Nora O’Brien-Suric is Senior Program Officer at the John A. Hartford Foundatin and she is a brand new blogger.
Her first post is about mentorship and it features an interview with the legendary Rose Dobroff.
Mentorship is an important component of leadership; it is essential for recruiting, retaining, and nurturing young professionals in the field of aging. Mentorship is also a contract, not only between the mentor and the mentee, but also for the mentee to become a mentor in the future. Twenty-five years ago I worked for Rose Dobrof, the founding director of the Brookdale Center on Aging. She continues to be my mentor to this day. Recently, in preparation for a session on mentoring for the Aging in America Conference, my long-time friend and colleague Tobi Abramson and I videotaped an interview with Rose about mentorship. Rose, as always, provided pearls of wisdom, such as: mentoring is important to keep the field alive; experienced professionals should seek out young professionals to mentor; and mentors should never take credit for the work and success of the mentee
You can see the 10-minute, edited version of the interview HERE