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African Heritage Employee Resource Group (AH ERG) Mentoring Program


The AH ERG Mentoring Program is an exciting opportunity to provide career development and growth opportunities to African Heritage colleagues at Thermo Fisher Scientific that exemplify exceptional capabilities and aspirations, both professionally and personally. This global 9-month program is well structured and robust in offerings, providing mentoring relationships, various trainings, keynote speakers, assessments and development goal support to facilitate career growth and advancement for program participants. The AH ERG Mentoring program accepts colleague nominations in April of each year.


​​​​​​​Benefits for Mentees & Mentors include:

•    Increased visibility and exposure to new perspectives
•    Customized training programs
•    Learning about varied expertise and experiences
•    Regular guidance and feedback channels
•    Candid discussions on opportunities and strengths
•    Network expansion and relationship building
•    Coaching and leadership skill development


Hanish, Sr. Manager, Account Management
What mentoring means to me:
A mutual system of learning and improvement from perspectives that might not naturally meet. If you talk to the same people, you will learn the same things!

Thoughts on the AH ERG Mentoring Program:
The mentorship program helped me access the perspective of senior leadership, allowing me to re-think my ideas and implement them in the most effective way for greater human impact.

Fun Fact:
I am most optimal in the early hours of the morning and I embrace odd working hours. 

Career aspiration in the next year:
Move into a client facing director role where I can fire on all cylinders and contribute even more to our business growth. 
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Keith, Clinical Sales Consultant 
What mentoring means to me:
Mentoring is a symbiotic relationship between me and someone that has more experience or know-how in areas in which I would like to develop.  For the AH ERG Mentorship Program, my mentor was a sales director with decades of experience in marketing, sales, and operational leadership.  As it turns out, marketing, sales, and operational competencies were three areas that I wanted to develop when I applied to the Mentorship Program.

Thoughts on the AH ERG Mentoring Program:
The AH ERG Mentorship Program has completely broadened my horizons as a professional at Thermo Fisher and as a leader in my local AH ERG chapter.  In our workshops, I had the privilege of learning from other mentees in other sites from California all the way to Paisley, UK - all of them with a wide range of experiences and strengths.

Fun Fact:
I’m a Respiratory Therapist by trade.  Though I’m now a businessperson, some of my thought processes come from my years as a clinician.  So, when faced with a business problem, my tendency is to identify underlying causes, table the distractions, and put my immediate focus on factors that can be controlled.  All of those years in pressure situations have given me a bias for action.  

Career aspiration in the next year:
Within a year, I’d like to change job functions from sales to a position where I can highlight my strengths in analysis, innovation, and customer discovery.  Some areas I’m eyeing in the next year are Product Management, Project Management, and Sales Operations.
Kemi, e-Business Analyst III
What mentoring means to me:
Being honest and open-minded. As well as stretching myself to see how much further I can go while forging a great friendship. 

Thoughts on the AH ERG Mentoring Program:
A game changer, the mentorship program gave me the platform to learn invaluable insights and skills. Together with my mentor, we got practical and worked on an actual data science project. Really rewarding.
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Career aspiration in the next year:
My career aspirations are to keep stretching myself and keep developing. I look forward to getting the opportunity to use some of the new skills and experiences that I learnt on this program in my day-to-day job at Thermo Fisher. 
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