Sitting in the waiting room before my arthroscopic shoulder surgery, I picked up a magazine I hadn’t seen before, Design New England. The magazine was filled with design eye candy for home and garden lovers like me, but more importantly was their page about honoring mentors. (I apologize for the quality of the photo, but not easy taking a picture of a magazine page using just my left arm.)
What I particularly liked was the headline: Mentoring is its own reward. Very true. But what I had never seen before was “But we think mentors deserve some recognition.”
2017 Mentors in Design
We are delighted you are considering nominating a candidate for Design New England’s MIDDIES (Mentors in Design) program. The MIDDIES salute design professionals in interior design, architecture, building, landscape design, landscape architecture and related fields, who share their time, expertise, and wisdom with the next generation. A nominee might be someone who has mentored you or who you have observed mentoring others during his or her career. The candidate might be your boss, a close colleague, or someone from another discipline who has opened the door to new possibilities.
Part III: NOMINATION ESSAYShort Essay: Why should your nominee be recognized as a 2017 Mentor In Design? Some points to consider include: how the nominee has influenced you and/or others making career choices? What are some of the memorable moments of the mentoring experience? Are there particular anecdotes that highlight the mentor’s knowledgeable guidance, recognition of a protégé’s skills, unselfish giving of time, simple words of wisdom, and teaching by example? Please limit testimonials to 500 words or less.