[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

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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]

 

[box] Patti Austin, Over My Shoulder Foundation co-founder and Grammy Award winning singing legend, reflects on her design mentors. Look out, she’s going to get awards for her design work pretty soon![/box]

This article appeared originally on Patti’s website.

I couldn’t say goodbye to 2012 without reflecting on all my magical DESIGN mentors in Boston who graciously shared their time, wisdom and expertise and helped mentor me as I pursued learning more about my passion of Interior Design.

Enjoy this amazing video that designers Leslie Fine owner of Leslie Fine Interiors and Rosemary Porto from the luxurious kitchen design firm Poggenpohl had made for our Over My Shoulder Foundation last June…

 

And you must see this amazing video that was shot at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Boston showroom on Thank Your Mentor Day last January…

Lastly, I would like to thank my friend and Over My Shoulder co-founder Dawn Carroll and her company Cumar Marble & Granite for mentoring me!

January is National Mentoring Month… Who mentored you? Who is your navigator? Go to Over My Shoulder Foundation or visit our Facebook page and tell us your story!

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, especially this January during National Mentoring Month.