Dawn Carroll knows first hand the benefits of mentoring relationships.


One of the most effective ways to cultivate a work environment that boosts employee morale, encourages growth, and builds loyalty is to offer a mentoring program within the organization.  An excellent example of a company that does this extremely well is Boston’s own CUMAR Marble & Granite. By taking a genuine interest in their employees and helping to guide them to achieve their career aspirations, CUMAR has been growing strong for the past eight generations.

Dawn Carroll, an award-winning stone designer at CUMAR and a founding member of the Over My Shoulder Foundation, partnered with Design New England to sponsor the MIDDIES (Mentors In Design). Each year, this awards ceremony recognizes design professionals that have offered profound wisdom to the next generation. Valuing the concept of employee mentoring, it was a natural fit for CUMAR to be a part of these awards.

CUMAR shows its passion for employee mentoring in other ways as well. In honor of “Thank Your Mentor Day“, CUMAR recently hosted a reception that was filled with powerful mentoring stories shared by several members of the design community. In an effort to thank all of her new and former mentors along the way, Grammy Award winner Patti Austin offered a $10,000 scholarship to her mentee, Santana Roberts. While she has had a very successful career in music, Patti is now benefiting from the help of mentors in the design world as she grows in her career as an interior designer.

To learn more about the positive impact that mentorship can have both cross-generationally and cross-culturally, please keep visiting  Over My Shoulder Foundation online.


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