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Establish a mentoring program, empower your employees and watch your bottom line head towards the sky.

We’ve recently discussed the positive impact that creating a mentoring program within your organization can have, and the perfect example of a company that has executed this well is CUMAR Marble and Granite. According to Management Mentors, approximately 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer some type of employee mentoring program.

For those that want to create a mentoring program within their own organization, here are three key factors to consider to implement this effectively:

  1. Determine what your organization plans to accomplish through a mentoring program. For example, while it may be expensive to offer a strong employee benefits package, differentiating yourself by offering a mentoring program to help employees excel in their careers with your company can help to attract, retain, and develop talent.
  2. What will be your strategy for holding employees accountable to the mentoring program? Designating someone within your organization to serve as the manager of the mentoring program can assist with matching up mentor/mentee pairs as well as providing support for the relationships when necessary. Generally, employees within the HR realm of your organization already have the necessary people skills to handle such a task.
  3. Training is necessary in order for the program participants to understand what a mentoring relationship is all about. Make sure that participants understand that mentoring is about building a relationship, not coaching.

To learn more about the value of mentoring and creating a mentoring program within your organization, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.

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Once you have taken the initiative to find a mentor that can add value and provide guidance in either your personal or professional life, the second step is establishing goals to clearly define your intended outcomes of the mentoring relationship.

To help simplify this process, we wanted to provide you with some useful tips for how to set goals and keep them.

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Accomplishing your goals is easier with guidance from a strong mentor.

Georgia Tech Mentor Jackets suggests setting S.M.A.R.T goals:

S=Strategic and Specific
The intention of each goal should be specific and work towards the overall performance challenge being managed.

M=Measurable

Every goal should have clearly defined action items that will indicate how the goal will be achieved.

A=Attainable
While goals should be challenging, it’s important to establish goals that could be realistically met with hard work.

R=Relevant
Each goal that you put in place should better position you accomplish the “big picture” achievement.

T=Timely
Establish a deadline for each goal to be accomplished without allocating too much time.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association suggests writing down your mentoring goals and objectives. Not only will this help you to better remember your goals, but it can also serve as a constant reminder for what you are trying to accomplish. Reviewing your goals on a daily basis as well as regularly discussing your goal progress with a mentor can help to keep you motivated.

For more effective ways for how to set goals, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.

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There’s a lot we can learn from Kenneth Cole’s example.

We recently talked about some of the biggest names in Hollywood and who they credit as their mentors along the way. To add to this list of famous mentors, we wanted to take a moment to share Kenneth Cole’s story.

Successful footwear and accessory designer Kenneth Cole did not always plan to be in the shoe business. In fact, he pursued an undergraduate degree at Emory University in Atlanta with the intent of attending law school; however, upon graduation from college, his father needed his help at his shoe factory after his right hand man left to start a competitive business. Kenneth’s father taught him the value of hard work and began bringing him to the shoe factory when he was just ten years old.

His father has proved to be one of the most influential mentors in his life, teaching him the important lesson that if he wanted to succeed, he would need the support and respect of everyone within the company. Early in his career, Kenneth realized that he may not have the experience to impress his peers with knowledge, but he could make a lasting impression on others with the quality of his work. For example, if he knew the first employee arrived at 6:30 a.m. each day, he would arrive at 6:15.

Because Kenneth’s father was such a great role model early in his career, he had the confidence and support to eventually start his own business. These basic principles learned from his father have stuck with him to this day and have become a vital part of his company’s philosophy.

To learn more about success stories from famous mentors, please be sure to visit the Over My Shoulder Foundation online.

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[box]Over My Shoulder Foundation (OMSF) is a non-profit organization co-founded by Patti Austin and Dawn Carroll to promote mentoring and Mentorology through music and design. Over My Shoulder Foundation hails Mentorology, the art and science of mentoring, as the number-one priority as they move forward producing live events which bring together industry leaders in order to pay tribute to great mentors and put the spotlight on the importance of mentoring.

Think of “Mentoring”, “Music” and “Design” together.
Now envision Over My Shoulder Foundation uniting those worlds.[/box]

From LA to Boston, Berlin and beyond, Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founders Dawn Carroll and Patti Austin have been sharing the mentoring message of Designing the Next Generation in 2013.

 

DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE IN LA
OMSF’s international conversation about mentoring in the design world, Designing the Next Generation, got Dawn and Patti invited as Design Bloggers Conference guest speakers March 3-5, 2013 at Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City. read more

BOSTON WOMEN IN MEDIA AND DESIGN
Dawn Carroll was elected to Boston Women in Media and Design’s board as Vice President of Mentoring and Inclusion. read more

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS (ASID) RECOGNITION
ASID New England Chapter Annual Awards Gala donated a portion of proceeds to OMSF for mentoring efforts and community service on March 21, 2013 at Mandarin Oriental in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. read more

LEADERS OF DESIGN COUNCIL (LDC) CONFERENCE IN BERLIN, GERMANY
OMSF Co-Founders Patti Austin and Dawn Carroll attended the LDC Conference in Berlin, Germany at the Hotel de Rome from April 3-5, 2013. They dazzled with their mentoring message and Patti even performed the song Lean on Me. read more

HOLLYWOOD BOWL IN LA
Patti Austin will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on June 22, 2013 along with John Legend, Steven
Tyler and Joe Perry. On that night, Patti will perform the song that started OMSF on the path of the mentoring work.
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Here are some other Over My Shoulder Foundation accomplishments in mentoring, music and design …

 

THE MIDDIES

OMSF partnered with CUMAR Marble & Granite to create The Boston Globe’s Design New England Magazine MIDDIE (Mentors in Design) awards. The MIDDIES salute design professionals in interior design, architecture, building, landscape design, and related fields, who share their time, expertise, and wisdom with the next generation.

 

AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING OF MENTORING STORY AND SONG – DESIGNING THE NEXT GENERATION
OMSF launched the inaugural “Designing the Next Generation” event in 2012 with Cumar Marble and Granite to expand the mentoring conversation nationally. The Inspirational Evening of Mentoring Story and Song at the Liberty Hotel in Boston featured speakers Stephen Powell (Executive Director, Mentoring USA), Ted Fujimoto (Founder, The Right to Succeed Foundation) and keynote speaker Attorney Richard (Rick) Dyer who was introduced by Attorney Gary Greenberg of GreenbergTruarig.

Attorney Dyer presented former Presidential Candidate, Governor Michael Dukakis, with a stunning award designed by Cumar Inc. thanking him for the mentoring that allowed him to turn his life around. The audience was graced with beautiful musical performances by Patti Austin, Charlie Farren, Robin Lane, Hal Lebeaux and Julie Silver.

 

EVENTS WITH POGGENPOHL and MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS
OMSF partnered with well-known design brands like the prestigious Poggenpohl kitchen design studios and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture showrooms in 2012 to promote mentoring in design. The events are just a hint of what is to come nationally as individuals from the worlds of mentoring, music and design are gathering to recognize the importance of Mentorology and help OMSF spread the concept for future generations.

 

OVER MY SHOULDER – THE SONG
One little song called Over My Shoulder has brought the world a little closer and has us all paying close attention to mentoring. The mentoring song was written by Dawn Carroll, Charlie Farren, Brynn Arens and Barry Orms. It was first performed by Patti Austin and her mentee, Lianna Gutierrez, as a duet. The message of the song is to mentor, whether older to younger or the other way around – mentoring knows no age. Watch Patti and Lianna perform Over My Shoulder here.

Download a copy of this Over My Shoulder Foundation May Media Brief here:  OverMyShoulderFoundation_MediaBrief.May

[box]If you like Over My Shoulder Foundation, please SHARE your mentoring stories, consider donating to our non-profit and don’t forget to follow Over My Shoulder Foundation on Facebook too.[/box]

 

reverse-mentoring

It’s important to remember that both sides of the mentorship have knowledge to impart to the other.

At the Over My Shoulder Foundation, we spend a lot of time talking about the powerful impact that a mentoring relationship can have, both cross-generationally and cross-culturally. Often when people think of a mentor/mentee relationship, they think that the mentee is the primary beneficiary of the relationship as he or she is learning new skills and knowledge from his or her elder, the mentor. However, it’s no surprise that the younger generation also has a lot of useful experiences and skill sets to pass along to the older generation. This increasingly popular concept is known as reverse mentoring.

This unique concept was most famously introduced to Corporate America more than a decade ago by former General Electric Chairman Jack Welch, and it has continued to gain momentum as advances in technology have  further widened the gap between generations. For example, a business owner in his 50’s knows that he needs to have an active presence on social media, so he partners with a 20-something to help him learn the skills for more effective marketing.

The three main requirements for a successful reverse mentoring relationship include formalizing the relationship in some way, building mutual trust, and being open with each other about new ideas. A few of the benefits to establishing this type of relationship include shortening the learning curve, building morale, increasing productivity, and cultivating future leaders.

To learn more about reverse mentoring and how you can benefit from such a relationship, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.

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Making huge strides in our efforts to unite the worlds of mentoring, music and design at the intersection of Over My Shoulder Foundation, we are proud to announce that our very own Co-Founder and Executive Director Dawn Carroll has been named the Vice President of Mentoring and Inclusion at Boston Women in Media and Entertainment.

About Dawn Carroll

Over My Shoulder Foundation Executive Director….

You know Dawn as Over My Shoulder Foundation’s fearless leader, bringing you fascinating mentoring stories and spearheading Designing the Next Generation: Over My Shoulder Foundation’s international conversation about mentoring in the design world.

Songwriter…

You might remember that Dawn co-write the song Over My Shoulder with Charlie Farren, Brynn Arens and Barry Orms. You can watch Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founder and Grammy award winning singing legend Patti Austin perform the Over My Shoulder song with her mentee Lianna Gutierrez here.

Dawn is currently collaborating with Jon Butcher to create a new mentoring song for Over My Shoulder Foundation. It’s going to be a good one!

Media Mastermind-Turned-Designer…

What you might not know is that Dawn’s passion for music and entertainment runs deep. Before starting her career as a designer on the East Coast in Boston (and winning many awards for her design work) – Dawn worked with a small independent film company called Sheen Productions in Los Angeles. With Sheen Productions, Dawn was part of a team that developed, produced and released the 3 NINJA franchise – the most profitable Disney film in 1992. She was also part of Dick Scott Entertainment and reported to VP in world wide management and publicity of recording artists as well as international tour support.

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Dawn Carroll knows first hand the benefits of mentoring relationships.

About Boston Women in Media & Entertainment

Boston Women in Media & Entertainment (BWME) was established in 2002 to create a vibrant, interactive community of support for women within the broadcast and performing arts in the Boston area. BWME is a pillar of strength, support and MENTORING for women working in all fields related to media and entertainment: from radio to television and public relations to singers, recording artists and women who work behind the microphone.

The Alliance: Over My Shoulder Foundation + Boston Women in Media and Entertainment

Boston Women in Media and Entertainment board President Candy O’Terry and Executive Vice President Dayla Arabella Santurri have joined Over My Shoulder Foundation’s team as board members. In the Boston Women in Media & Entertainment exclusive signature series, The Story Behind Her Success, welcomed Over My Shoulder Foundation Patti Austin to appear as a guest. This resulted in a continuation of a vibrant mentoring conversation through that is putting Boston in the crux of this evolving world as it becomes the Mentoring Hub of the United States.

Candy O’Terry, Dayla Arabella, Liz Brunner with Kate White and Patti Austin at BWME’s Story Behind Her Success interview on March 25, 2013 at Westin Copley Place, Boston

With Dawn as the VP of Mentoring and Inclusion at Boston Women in Media and Entertainment, you can bet that there will be more mentorology happening in Boston, in the US and around the world soon!

[box]If you like Over My Shoulder Foundation, please SHARE your mentoring stories, consider donating to our non-profit and don’t forget to follow Over My Shoulder Foundation on Facebook too.[/box]

 

Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founders Patti Austin and Dawn Carroll attended the Leaders of Design Council Conference in Berlin, Germany at the Hotel de Rome from April 3-5, 2013.

 

The Leaders of Design Council (LDC) is an exclusive membership body of the top architects and designers in the U.S. founded by Keith Granet and Meg Touberg. You can see a slideshow of photos from the Leaders of Design Council Conference put together by the LDC here.

 

Patti Austin Performs Lean on Me

You’ll recognize the soundtrack to the Leaders of Design Council Conference slideshow as our very own Patti Austin, singing Lean on Me – a fitting song that describes Mentorology (the art and science of mentoring) in such a perfect way:

“If there is a load you must bear that you cannot carry,

I’ll be right on over.

I’ll share your load if you just call.”

These song lyrics fit right into the vision of mentoring Dawn and Patti champion through Over My Shoulder Foundation (OMSF). LDC founders Granet and Touberg say that Patti “brought down the house with [a] moving performance” on the last night of the Berlin design event.

Over My Shoulder Foundation's Co-Founder Patti Austin at the 2013 Leaders of Design Council Conference in Berlin, Germany

Over My Shoulder Foundation’s Co-Founder Patti Austin at the 2013 Leaders of Design Council Conference in Berlin, Germany

 

OMSF Proud to Be a Part of The Leaders in Design Council Conference in 2013

Here are all the attendees to the 2013 Leaders of Design Council Conference in Berlin. Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founders Dawn Carroll and Patti Austin are proud to be a part of the exclusive educational organization with a long-range vision of improving the industry of design as a whole.

Attendees to the 2013 Leaders of Design Council Conference in Berlin

Attendees to the 2013 Leaders of Design Council Conference in Berlin

 

Dawn is Mentoring Patti in Design

Through the design mentoring she tirelessly champions for Over My Shoulder Foundation, OMSF Co-Founder Dawn Carroll is mentoring Patti Austin as Patti flourishes in the beginning of her career as a designer, a dream come true for the singer. Patti, a Grammy Award-winning singing legend, is pursuing her dream to carve out a niche in the design world for herself. Isn’t mentoring a great way to go after  your dreams? We certainly think so. Designing the Next Generation is Over My Shoulder Foundation’s international conversation about mentoring in the design world.

Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founders Dawn Carroll (left) and Patti Austin (right) at the 2013 Leaders of Design Council Conference in Berlin, Germany

Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founders Dawn Carroll (left) and Patti Austin (right) at the 2013 Leaders of Design Council Conference in Berlin, Germany

 

 

One of the Berlin Design Conference Sponsors, Cumar

Cumar Marble & Granite was one of the The Leaders of Design Council Conference sponsors. Cumar’s General Manager Dave Connor says, “Dawn has carved out OMSF’s niche in the mentoring world while managing an award worthy design career at Cumar, which is currently in its 8th generation of leadership in stone sourcing and fabrication in Everett, Massachusetts. Mentoring is a necessary everyday activity at Cumar as there is no trade school to attend for this craft.”

 

 

 

Closing Thoughts from Dawn Carroll

Dawn Carroll, Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founder and Executive Director says, “I was honored to be included and truly was MENTORED!” There you have it. Another score for the Mentorology cycle by Over My Shoulder Foundation, our first international event.

 

[box]If you like Over My Shoulder Foundation, please SHARE your mentoring stories, consider donating to our non-profit and don’t forget to follow Over My Shoulder Foundation on Facebook too.[/box]

 

mentoring-program

Follow the tips in these resources and you’ll start a successful mentoring program.

One of the most effective ways to build loyalty within your company, encourage employee growth, and attract high caliber employees is to offer a company mentoring program. While we’re currently in an environment where offering employee benefits can be pricey, implementing an institution-wide mentoring program can help to set your company a notch above your competition.

Cumar Marble and Granite is a shining example of how to design a mentoring program. As a design stone specialist with Cumar, I can personally say that mentoring is a core value within our organization. Embracing the power of the mentoring relationship has allowed our organization to grow strong for eight generations and counting, allowing our unique craftsmanship to live on.

For those that want to learn how to design a mentoring program within their own companies, Designing Workplace Mentoring Programs: An Evidence-Based Approach is a book that provides readers with some practical tools such as training exercises, employee development plans, and sample mentor/mentee contracts that can be used to help establish a formal mentoring program within an organization.

The book also shares some helpful case studies of companies that were successful in implementing such a program and how the outcome affected their organizations. Mariangela Battista, Ph.D, a Vice President of Organizational Culture and Effectiveness with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, says, “For any HR Professional considering implementing such a program, this [book] should be their blueprint.”

To learn more about the power of “Mentorology” and how it can help to positively shape your organization, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.

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The Design Bloggers Conference is the event of the year for interior design bloggers, the first of its kind to bring together design industry leaders to get inspired, make connections and share skills vital to one’s growth in the business of design blogging.

Naturally, Over My Shoulder Foundation fits right in so we are proud to have attended. We fit right in because of Designing the Next Generation, Over My Shoulder Foundation’s international conversation about mentoring in the design world. This conversation takes place at productions, live events which bring together industry professionals, and – on our blog. OMSF Co-Founders Patti Austin and Dawn Carroll spoke about their work at the conference.

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Dawn Carroll (right) has been Patti Austin’s (left) guiding light in her design goals.

Mentoring in the Design World with Over My Shoulder Foundation

Designing the Next Generation IS a blog recognized at the inaugural Design Bloggers Conference held March 3-5, 2013 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City and presented by Digital Sherpa. Yet, Designing the Next Generation is only one aspect of Over My Shoulder Foundation’s work on mentoring in the design world. Some other ways that Over My Shoulder Foundation supports mentoring in the design world include the following productions:

  • OMSF partnered with CUMAR Marble & Granite to create and inspire The Boston Globe’s Design New England Magazine MIDDIE (Mentors in Design) awards. The MIDDIES salute design professionals in interior design, architecture, building, landscape design, and related fields, who share their time, expertise, and wisdom with the next generation.
  • An inspirational evening of mentoring stories and song, also called Designing the Next Generation, was held at Boston’s Liberty Hotel on June 18, 2012. The event was attended by 300+ leaders from sectors of Design, Architecture, Construction, Music, Law, and Education throughout Boston and New England.
  • OMSF partnered with well-known design brands like the prestigious Poggenpohl kitchen design studios and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture showrooms. The events are just a hint of what is to come as individuals from the worlds of mentoring, music and design gather to recognize the importance of Mentorology and help OMSF spread the concept for future generations.

Over My Shoulder Foundation hails Mentorology, the art and science of mentoring, as the number-one priority as we move forward producing live events which bring together industry leaders in order to pay tribute to great mentors and put the spotlight on the importance of mentoring.

We hope we inspired YOU to get involved in the work of designing the next generation.

 [box]If you like Over My Shoulder Foundation, please SHARE your mentoring stories, consider donating to our non-profit and don’t forget to follow Over My Shoulder Foundation on Facebook too.[/box]

 

 

We are so proud to announce that Over My Shoulder Foundation (OMSF) was recognized this year by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) New England Chapter. The recognition happened at the ASID New England Annual Awards Gala when a portion of the evening’s proceeds were donated to our mentoring efforts. This year, the Gala was thrown at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood on Thursday, March 21 (2013).

 

About the American Society of Interior Designers

ASID is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers. In the United States there are over 20,000 designers, industry representatives, educators and students committed to interior design through ASID membership.

 

OMSF and ASID New England

As Dawn Carroll, OMSF Co-Founder and Executive Director, guides this mentoring non-profit into its niche at events and awards (such as this year’s ASID New England recognition) we can’t help but notice that in the world of design, ASID is a top player. OMSF is heading in the right direction, and we hope you’ll get involved in our mentoring movement.

Here is Dawn accepting Over My Shoulder Foundation’s award at this year’s ASID New England annual awards gala.

OMSF Co-Founder and Executive Director accepting an ASID New England award at the 2013 gala

When Dawn accepted the award she talked about her experiences with mentoring throughout her career. You can watch a video of the 2013 ASID New England Awards Gala here.

 

Design at Over My Shoulder Foundation – An Insight Into Our Award-Worthiness

As a stone designer at Cumar Marble and Granite, Dawn knows firsthand that in the stone world, mentoring is the only way that the special craftsmanship has been able to live on from generation to generation. With Cumar (a gold sponsor of the 2013 ASID New England Annual Awards Gala), which is currently in its 8th generation of leadership, Dawn is mentoring her OMSF Co-Founder Patti Austin in the world of design as Patti pursues her dreams of becoming an interior designer.

Patti won the 2010 Mentors in Design award (the MIDDIE award was designed by Cumar) at the start of her involvement in design and commitment to mentoring. Someday Dawn and Patti might have their own design-centric mentoring TV show but until then, stay tuned.

Here is Patti Austin, OMSF Co-Founder, receiving another design award, the 2010 MIDDIE (Mentors in Design) award.

Ever at the intersection of mentoring, music and design – Over My Shoulder Foundation is set to take these worlds by storm and bring you into the magical world of mentoring.

 

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Boston Showroom Supports Mentoring with OMSF at ASID Gala

This year’s gold sponsor of the ASID New England Awards Gala is Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. This powerhouse of design has supported OMSF’s mentoring movement through their Boston showroom. Just last year, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams hosted an OMSF event in 2012 where OMSF Co-Founder and Grammy award-winning singing legend Patti Austin gave her mentee Santana Roberts a scholarship for National Thank Your Mentor Day.

At the ASID Gala this year, ASID New England Chapter President Mary Beth Haggerty presented OMSF with a $1,000 check to expand mentoring efforts through music and design.

ASID New England Gala, 2013 - Over My Shoulder Foundation

(L – R) John Trifone of Mitchell Gold
+ Bob Williams; ASID New England Chapter President Marybeth Haggerty;Dawn Carroll, Award-Winning Designer and OMSF Co-Founder/Executive Director

Together, Dawn and Patti are bringing their vision to life. Over My Shoulder Foundation is using design, music, stories and entertainment to help people understand the power of mentoring and give them real life examples of how mentoring is an art form that deserves attention, recognition and effort.

[box]If you like Over My Shoulder Foundation, please SHARE your mentoring stories, consider donating to our non-profit and don’t forget to follow Over My Shoulder Foundation on Facebook too.[/box]

 

 

 

mentor-programs

Join one of these programs to see what a mentor can do for you.

At the Over My Shoulder Foundation, we are advocates of “Designing the Next Generation,” which is our national conversation about mentoring in the world of design. If you really think about it, there are a lot of similarities between designing a room and “designing” healthy and productive people. By looking over your shoulder to the rising generation and offering a guiding hand, you can make a positive impact in that person’s life.

The International Interior Design Association understands how important a mentoring relationship can be for an aspiring designer and therefore spearheads mentoring programs for students that are currently enrolled in design school.

Each year, the organization puts together Student Mentoring Week, which pairs International Interior Design Association student members with local design professionals to offer them a hands-on taste of what a true day-in-the-life of an interior designer looks like. This invaluable experience not only helps to give students a brief look at their future, but also helps to foster long-lasting mentoring relationships.

Participating students also have the opportunity to partake in the Lloy Hack Essay Competition for a chance to win $1,000. Each contestant is to write a two to three page essay about his or her experience during Student Mentoring Week and the impact that this important mentoring relationship has created.

To learn more about Student Mentoring Week and how you can become a part of it, please be sure to visit the International Interior Design Association webpage.

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[box]What do Boston, Grammy award winner Patti Austin, rock stars Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, nine-time Grammy-winning artist and social activist John Legend, the LA Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl have in common? It’s a song called Over My Shoulder.

This little song has become the anthem to a new mentoring coalition weaving together people from all regions in the name of mentoring. Music is the universal language with unique ability to arouse great introspection and activism. It breaks down barriers and brings us all together. As I always quote, Jimi Hendrix once said “If there is something to be changed in the world, then it can only happen through music.”

Read on to find out all there is to know about Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founder Patti Austin’s induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame this year with some of the top names in music.

-Dawn Carroll, Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founder and Executive Director[/box]

Patti Austin and her mentoring non-profit, Over My Shoulder Foundation, are getting ready to WOW at the Hollywood Bowl’s 14th Annual Hall of Fame Concert benefiting the LA Philharmonic’s Education Research Program this June. On June 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins will be performing along with this year’s Hall of Fame inductees:

  • Patti Austin
  • John Legend
  • Joe Perry
  • Steven Tyler

What is The Hollywood Bowl?

Do you know the name of the largest outdoor amphitheater in the US? It’s called the Hollywood Bowl and it’s located in Southern California right at the heart of LA’s Hollywood. It’s been home to musicians, conductors, singers, dancers, actors, and composers of the highest caliber performing in their prime since its inception in 1922.

The annual Hall of Fame concert ushers in the beginning of the summer season and honors musical legends with induction every year. This year’s 2013 Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame concert was created and produced by Wayne Baruch and Charles F. Gayton. The deserving inductees include:

If you’re lucky enough to visit the Hollywood Bowl, don’t miss out on the free Hollywood Bowl Museum!

On June 22, 2013 Patti Austin and Over My Shoulder Foundation will dazzle at the Hollywood Bowl’s 14th Annual Hall of Fame Concert.

 

Dawn Carroll and Patti Austin want to show you the power of mentoring through Over My Shoulder Foundation.

Dawn Carroll and Patti Austin want to show you the power of mentoring through Over My Shoulder Foundation.

Patti Austin’s Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Induction

When a performer is inducted into the Hollywood Bowl on the opening night of the season, a great honor is bestowed upon them. Patti will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame this year along with critically-acclaimed recording artist John Legend and rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of the legendary Boston-based rock group Aerosmith. The induction is a great honor for all who receive it.

Patti isn’t just an incredible Grammy-award winning singing legend, recognized far and wide for her musical talents. She is also an incredible philanthropist. She wouldn’t have gotten to where she is in her musical career without her mentors, who include notable legends in their own right, Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington among others. That’s why Patti gives back through mentoring.

 

How Over My Shoulder Foundation Fits In

One little song called Over My Shoulder has brought the world a little closer and has us all paying close attention to mentoring. The mentoring song was written by Dawn Carroll, Charlie Farren, Brynn Arens and Barry Orms. It was first performed by Patti Austin and her mentee, Lianna Gutierrez as a duet. The message of the song is to mentor, whether older to younger or the other way around – mentoring knows no age.

The video of the Over My Shoulder song caught the Hollywood Bowl producer’s eye – they were thrilled to learn that the person they were considering for this prestigious induction also was committed to Designing the Next Generation through Over My Shoulder Foundation.

Patti continues to mentor young singers like Lianna Gutierrez and Santana Roberts (Patti gave Santana a scholarship at an Over My Shoulder Foundation event at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom in Boston) in addition to selflessly giving countless hours to her mentoring work through Over My Shoulder Foundation. In turn, the other Over My Shoulder Co-Founder, designer Dawn Carroll, is mentoring Patti in the world of design as Patti pursues her dreams of becoming an interior designer. Someday Dawn and Patti might have their own design-centric mentoring TV show but until then, stay tuned.

 

We’re Getting Excited: Over My Shoulder Song to Be Performed at Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Concert on June 22

It’s a song called Over My Shoulder that has started an international mentoring movement and we’re so excited you’re joining us.

We can’t wait to see what will happen next.

[box]If you like Over My Shoulder Foundation, please SHARE your mentoring stories, consider donating to our non-profit and don’t forget to follow Over My Shoulder Foundation on Facebook too.

Are you a musician who wants to get involved in our mentoring movement? Contact us today! [/box]

 

[box]Today we’ve got a glimpse into the mind of Over My Shoulder Foundation Co-Founder and Executive Director Dawn Carroll. She’s working on a new song with Jon Butcher, one of the most influential recording artists in the legendary Boston music scene.[/box]

At the start of Over My Shoulder Foundation (which, back then in 2009 was just a project), here’s what I wrote:

There comes a time in life when the term “complicated” takes on an entirely new meaning. One day, even the most powerful among us wake up and discover they are no longer fearless. It is the moment in which you may lose your focus, your sense of worth, or have a sense that you cannot move past the challenges before you.

This is when the beauty of divine intervention, rich with guidance, friendship and the talents and imagination of a mentor becomes an essential ingredient for inspiration; maybe even for survival.

This is the genesis, for some, of a desperate search to connect with someone – anyone – who can help move negative or challenging thoughts into a new and brighter light, or simply help you recalibrate and reconnect with the things that matter.

This fascinating and provocative moment is when your goals take precedent over any opposition, the moment when you decide if you will allow your dreams to walk away, or, if you will grab on with both hands and walk within them. This describes my personal experience, and how I finally found my true purpose as an advocate for mentoring.

You can read all about the whole story of the song here.

Now, with Over My Shoulder Foundation a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, we are writing more songs.

I wrote those words you just read, above, when I first started OMSF. We were writing songs that tackled difficult subject matters and tried to find a mentor-centric “spin”. Do you know the song that started Over My Shoulder Foundation, performed by Patti Austin and her mentee Lianna Gutierrez?

Recently I just dusted off the songs that were started and shelved because we had to write business plans and become a real foundation with a 501(c)3 non profit status.  But now I am pleased to say that one of my Rock ‘n’ Roll heroes Jon Butcher is partnering with me to write another Over My Shoulder Song.

I have been a fan of Jon’s for over 20 years and although we have been great friends for many of these years I never thought we would collaborate on music together. This one of those “pinch me I am dreaming moments. Once a fan and now a co-writer or co-producer was never something I thought would ever happen. When Jon agreed to work with me on the next OMSF song I giggled in delight.

And here is the fabulous mentoring lesson – Always Ask. 

A Sneak Peak Into Our New Over My Shoulder Foundation Mentoring Song, a Collaboration with Jon Butcher

The song Jon and I are working on is a subject matter that is deep and dark. If you have ever lost someone to violent crime or have suffered with survivor guilt or PTSD than you understand the blizzard of emotions that consume you 24-7 often for years.

Dawn Carroll and Jon Butcher, collaborators on the NEW Over My Shoulder Foundation mentoring song.

Dawn Carroll and Jon Butcher, collaborators on the NEW Over My Shoulder Foundation mentoring song.

Photography by Michael Sparks Keegan

Revenge is a toxic emotion that doesn’t allow forgiveness easy. Anger rips into your clarity and causes a blur that can lead you down a most destructive road. The song we are working on dives deep into these emotions but…begs for intervention. It begs to be shown a better way.

The song message begs for an outcome that won’t hold regret. It won’t hold repercussions that inflict more terror, horror, pain or chaos.

Forgiveness doesn’t always come easy and yet we can mentor forgiveness. We can reach out to those stuck in the tsunami of violence. Jon and I intend to use the power of music to insert a positive message into a really difficult situation.

Stay tuned and we thank you for being part of our OMSF community- we thank you for  committing to a mentoring lifestyle and for injecting your positive message into our world!

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Take time to get to know your mentee.

At the Over My Shoulder Foundation, our mission is to raise the awareness of the positive impact that mentoring can have, both cross-generationally and cross-culturally. If you are interested in helping guide a younger person to success, we wanted to share some helpful tips for how to become a mentor courtesy of Management Mentors:

  • In order to build a strong relationship, you need to first take the time to get to know each other. While it’s important to share your wisdom, it’s even more important to listen to what your mentee has to say.
  • Discuss what each of you expects to gain out of this mentoring relationship and outline goals that you would like to achieve.
  • Be open about your ideas, thoughts, and feelings about the mentoring relationship and encourage your mentee to do the same.
  • Determine up front how often the two of you will meet and the preferred type of communication, whether it be in person or on the phone.
  • To be most efficient, come up with a rough plan of what you plan to talk about with your mentee prior to your meetings, and be ready to adjust your agenda as necessary.

It’s always important to keep in mind that it takes two people to build a strong mentoring relationship, and establishing expectations of each other up front can help the relationship to be mutually beneficial.

To learn more about how to become a mentor, please contact us at the Over My Shoulder Foundation.

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